Crossing Seas and Authorities

“I was ready to pursue my dreams — however dangerous they may be.”

Adventurer Mike Reid shares his journey kayaking from the west coast of Japan to South Korea. In “Crossing Seas and Authorities” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 121, he shows us that riding the Sea of Japan/Korea was not always the most difficult aspect of the expedition — there’s always customs.

At next week's PechaKucha Night Vol. 121 (Wednesday, January 28) we welcome adventurer Mike Reid, who will recount his trek that involved kayaking from Japan to South Korea. Also, 2014 was a big year for Swiss-Japan relations, and the Swiss Embassy's Miguel Perez-La Plante will share some of the highlights.

来週のペチャクチャナイト Vol. 121 (1/28(水)) に冒険家のMike Reidをご招待。日本から韓国までのカヤックの旅を順を追って話していただきます。次に2014年で日本・スイスは国交樹立150 周年記念を迎えました。スイスの大使館員である Miguel Perez-La Plante が国交樹立150 周年のハイライトをシャアしてくださいます。

“This is one of the most iconic ski-jumping structures constructed.”

PechaKucha co-founder Mark Dytham takes us on a tour of some of the most outstanding ski jumps found around the world. In “Ski Jumps of the World" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 120, he highlights the historical aspects of the sport of ski jumping -- and being the Englishman that he is, giving props to the one and only Eddie the Eagle.

Joseph Tame is a good friend of PechaKucha, and at next week's festive PechaKucha Night Vol. 120 (Tuesday, December 16) he promises to bring excitement and holiday joy to the PechaKucha stage. Watch Joseph's previous presentations.

Joseph Tame はペチャクチャの良きお友達。来週のペチャクチャフェスティバル Vol. 120 (12月16日(火))にてエクサイトメントとホリデー ジョイをペチャクチャステージに届けます!

PechaKucha's own Johnny Linnert recently made the trek up Mount Fuji, and at PechaKucha Night Vol. 117 (Wednesday, September 24) he'll share the experience, as well as what it took to prepare for the climb.

Sotaro Fujio

Do you enjoy cycling? If not, maybe Sotaro Fujio's presentation at PechaKucha Night Vol. 117 (Wednesday, September 24) will inspire to give it a go.

What do you know about "Sport Boule"? By the end of his presentation at next week's PechaKucha Night Vol. 113 (Wednesday, April 30) Hironobu Morikawa will make sure we do, a player who has also taken part in World Championships. 

“Sport Boule”って知ってる?来週のペチャクチャナイトVol.113(4月30日 水曜日)にHironobu Morikawaのプレゼンテーションにて見せてくれます。プレイヤーはワールドチャンピオンシップにも参加していますよ。

That big thumbs up says it all.

You've heard the story -- as told at last Thursday's PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 111 -- and hopefully you've been to the Indiegogo page (and there's still plenty of time to offer your support), but what you see here is worth more than words.

We here at PechaKucha HQ are all incredibly proud of Mark's amazing journey over the past half year, as he started training to run the Tokyo Marathon, which he achieved mere hours ago. From no running to crossing the finishing line at a marathon in just 6 months is something that -- just like many a great PechaKucha presentation -- is there to inspire.

The rest of this post includes photos taken by Mark along the way, as he received support from PechaKucha and Klein Dytham architecture staff to keep him going. And as you can read more of in this post, the run was also part of Mark's efforts to raise money for "Home for All," a reconstruction project to help revitalize areas affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan -- you can still contribute to his Indiegogo campaign over the next month.

Let's do this!

It's not difficult to spot Joseph, a regular at the Tokyo Marathon, and a good friend of PechaKucha.

Being greeted by Klein Dytham architecture office manager Yoshiko, and her husband.

Some big cheering from PechaKucha co-founder Astrid, and Klein Dytham architecture's Hisayama.

PechaKucha's Johnny and Luis, along with their partners, offer some big cheers.

A great day for a run.

The whole family of joins in the cheering: "Run papa, run!

Some more support from Klein Dytham architecture.

The moment of truth.

Running the Tokyo Marathon for Home for All

PechaKucha and Klein Dytham architecture co-founder Mark Dythamhas been training for over 8 months to run the 2014 Tokyo Marathon, but he's not running it just for his health.

In "Running the Tokyo Marathon for Home for All" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 111 we see he's running an Indiegogo campaign to benefit the Home for All: an organization started by Pritzker Prize winning architect Toyo Ito set on building community centers in the disaster-ridden areas of Tohoku and Fukushima. All proceeds will go to the creation of a new community center, and the upkeep of the Home for All organization. 

Giant halogen lamps light the groomed field, you step up to the plate, and the cheering masses begin to sing a song for you? 

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Baseball's East and West" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 108, big-league baseball fan and writer Matt Schley discusses the cultural differences between Japanese and American baseball. From strategic disparities like sacrificial bunting to cute beer-selling girls to unique stadium design in Japan, Matt covers all the bases.