[Having had a chance to judge and attend this event in Tokyo last October, it was great to see Japanese and Western indies and game innovators present together at such a big event as TGS. Hopefully some of you indies can submit again for this year's Sense Of Wonder Night.]

The organizers of the 2009 Tokyo Game Show have announced a second Sense Of Wonder Night, showcasing innovative independent games, to take place September 25th during TGS 2009 -- and are calling for game submissions.

The inaugural Sense Of Wonder Night, created by industry association CEDEC, TGS organizers Nikkei BP and the Kiyoshi Shin-headed IGDA Japan chapter, took place last October during Tokyo Game Show 2008.

IndieGames sister site GameSetWatch has a comprehensive write-up of the initial event, which was inspired by the GDC's Experimental Gameplay Workshop in format, and had each set of creators showing and explaining their games for 10 minutes, with Japanese-English and English-Japanese translation.

Some of the highlights from last year's Sense Of Wonder Night included Daniel Benmergui's Moon Stories, Q-Games' PixelJunk Eden and USC's The Misadventures Of P.B. Winterbottom, and a full set of presentation videos for the games are available on YouTube.

The jury for this year's Sense Of Wonder Night includes Katamari Damacy and Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi, Enterbrain's 'Maker' series director Kenji Sugiuchi, and Gamasutra publisher/IGF Chairman Simon Carless, as well as a new addition, noted 'dojin' game creator, ABA Games' Kenta Cho.

The creators of the selected games will get free Tokyo Game Show 2009 Business Day entry passes (the major Japanese video game show's business-only days are September 24th-25th, with public days on Sept. 26th-27th.)

Makers of the winning games also receive invitations to the TGS Forum set of business lectures, and an opportunity to present their game in front of an international audience at the second Sense Of Wonder Night.

Tokyo Game Show organizers have now opened submissions for this year's SOWN, and the deadline is Sunday, August 16th, 2009. Information on the event and how you can submit your game is available on the English-language Sense Of Wonder Night webpage.