Past Tokyo Event: VOL 126

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Tokyo Totem - A Subjective Guide

@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015

"This entire environment that is [Tokyo] is completely made by man, so we're effectively living in the collective imagination of mankind."

At PechaKucha Tokyo Vol. 126, Dutch explorer Edwin Gardner introduces a new type of city guide called "Tokyo Totem" which attempts to look at Tokyo in a more experiential sense. Compiling a purely objective guide of the largest city in the world is simply exercise in futility, hence Gardner's fresh angle. The book is coming together with a long list of collaborators over many visits to Tokyo. Tokyo Totem will be released later this year, so be on the lookout for it and we will keep you updated!

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Paper is Still Alive!

@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015

"Comics, illustration, photography, text, poetry, calligraphy, all media are welcome in Labo."

French illustrator, and Labo publisher, Julie Blanchin presents her experimental, beautifully silk screen handcrafted, limited edition magazine that brings together French and Japanese artists from all walks. Interestingly, Labo Magazine spawned from both inspiration and need, after Blachin's plans to write a book on a expedition to Antarctica with the Japanese Institute of Polar Research suddenly and unexpectedly fell through.

Her storyboards leading up to the book became part of her blog, and would eventually became part of Labo.

"Paper is still alive" she says, calling for new participants and collaborators. Get in touch with her to participate!

This was "Presenation of the Day" on Friday, September 4, 2015.

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PechaKucha Inspires Nepal

@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015

"Anybody who has a story to share about Nepal can make a presentation, record it, send it to us, and we can put it on our PechaKucha Inspire Channel."

At PechaKucha Tokyo's Vol. 126, co-founders Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein re-launched their disaster response initiative, "PechaKucha Inspire", this time for the heavily earthquake-hit Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. 

Building on their experiences with the ongoing PechaKucha Inspire JAPAN effort, where an ever-growing collection of Japan inspiring presentations made at PKN around the world, are being added to, shared, and viewed nearly 100,000 times through the PechaKucha website, PechaKucha Inspire NEPAL will be more nimble, allowing anyone to make a presentation and send it directly to us to upload on the Inspire NEPAL Channel.

PechaKucha's simple and accessible format combined with a tried and tested worldwide network of creativity proves again how we can rally together to truly make a difference in the world. Be inspired by this compelling presentation to share YOUR story and in turn inspire Nepal back to it's beautiful self! 

To share your story, send us a mail at

Thank you!

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 1st, 2015.

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A Cautionary Tale of Vending Machines

@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015

"These machines have a little label on them that says 'Don't shake this Machine.'"

Head Honcho at Table XI (PechaKucha's Web Gugus) Mark Rickmeier brings to Tokyo his show-stopping account of some school day antics gone horrifyingly wrong. What had the potential to be a highschool tragedy became a story of pain, perseverance, and triumph. Here in Tokyo he captures the audience's attention as he recounts the fateful story.

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Harmony in Aomori - The Gonohe Music Festival

@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015

"Using the food and the music that we bring together at the event, these are the kinds of moments we are trying to create at the Gonohe Music Festival."

While living in Gonohe, a small town in Aomori, Japan, Dave Herlich and Michael Warren decided to organize a free music festival. The Gonohe Music Festival showcases international music and food, bringing guests from over a dozen countries to a beautiful secluded park in Gonohe.

Mark your calendars! Aomori or BUST!

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 24th, 2015. 

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Fairy Tales Can Come True, They Can Happen to You

@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015

"If you want to develop your imagination and go beyond your limits, read fairly tales!"

Tokyo-based, Brazilian artist Angelo Mokutan talks about the influence of a having a mother in oriental medicine, a sculptor for a father, and the creative seed he inherited from them taking root and inspiring a move to Japan to follow a dream. After studying fine art, and unsure of his prospects he found himself working a for an IT term. But his passion was calling and he finally abandoned the stability of his job to follow his true dream to become a successful manga artist.

He believes manga can develop our imagination and help us go past the limits of our rational minds. 

Lastly, offering a new twist on an old classic, Mokutan gives Little Red Riding Hood an urban update, her grandmother living in Tokyo, and big bad wolves all around. If you send a him a suggestion on what she brings to grandmother's house, he'll illustrate it in a manga and credit you as co-author! Lets send him some ideas so we can ALL be manga artists!

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 31st, 2015. 

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Cross-Dressing Culture and Happiness for Everyone

@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015


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Fun and Unique Approach to Architecture Projects

@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015

What do Monsters, Prosthetics and Cannibalism have to do with Urban Architecture? Rafael A. Balboa from architecture studio and urban think-tank STUDIO WASABI, talks about injecting humor and non-sense into architecture. Rafael presents project case studies from Split (Croatia), Riga (Latvia), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Tokyo, highlighting the studio's unique approach of designing from metaphors.

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History of Package Design for Mosquito Coils

@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015


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From MechaKucha to PechaKucha!

@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015

"PechaKucha embraces all the Mechakucha-jin of the world to come and share their ideas!"

Hailing from the Netherlands, Sueli Brodin, editor at the United Nations University, PechaKucha's Maastricht organiser, and our dear friend, pays a visit to Pechakucha Night Tokyo to deliver this compelling presentation at SuperDeluxe about, of all things, PechaKucha!

Growing up very multiculturally (Dutch, French, Brazillian, Japanese), and having lived in Japan for part of her youth, she describes herself as a “Mechakucha-jin” - a hybrid word that borrows from Japanese, evoking an image  of per person who is "all-jumbled up." Sueli talks about her personal background and how after years of never quite fitting in, she found a home in the PechaKucha team of Maastricht. She shares her gratitude for Pechkucha and how it continues to offer a home for people like her, and a global stage to everyone wishing to inspire others with their “mechakucha” side.

WOW! How inspiring! Thanks Sueli! We Love You!

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 17, 2015.

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A House in Kawasaki

@ VOL 126 ON JUN 24, 2015

国内外のコンペティションで受賞が続く注目の若手建築家・三家大地さんが、ご自身の近作 '川崎の住宅' について披露します。街に溶け込む素敵な住宅の設計手法とは?

Sueli Brodin
PechaKucha Maastricht organiser/Communications Officer, United Nations University in Maastricht
Mark Rickmeier
Chief Operating Officer , Table XI in Chicago
Shinobu Machida
Collector 庶民文化探求家 in Tokyo
Michael Warren
Translation, Keio University in Tokyo
Edwin Gardner
Explorer of the man-made world, scriptwriter of possible futures. in Amsterdam
Angelo Mokutan
Manga Artist in Tokyo
Julie Blanchin Fujita
autor and illustrator, freelance in Tokyo
Naoko Tachibana
Photographer in Tokyo
Taichi Mitsuya
Architect in Tokyo
Rafael A. Balboa
Architect, STUDIO WASABI in Tokyo
Dave Herlich
Organizer, Gonohe International Music Festival in Gonohe