PechaKucha Presentation

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Bernd Kestler

Knit Artist in Yokohama

All the World's a Square


The Granny Square project is an initiative asking crocheters from around the world to crochet and send one or more "Granny Square" motifs to Japan to make the world’s largest ‘Granny Square Blanket’. Bernd needs at least 7,150 squares of 20 x 20 cm. Once completed, the blanket will be submitted to Guinness World Records. But the best is that, after, the blanket will be divided back into regular size afghans and donated to temporary housing facilities in Tohoku, Japan, to support victims of the March 2011 earthquake.

You'll find more info at the "Knit for Japan" website.

"Presentation of the Day" on May 1, 2013.

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2013 Tohoku Artist Caravan

@ VOL 101 ON MAR 27, 2013

In April of 2013, the Tohoku Artist Caravan project will bring artists and musicians from all over Japan to gather in Karakuwa, Kesennuma, to create public art that will help revitalize a community devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The initial installations will be completed over a three-day period, culminating in an opening party featuring a an impressive array or renowned musicians. (in English and Japanese)

"Presentation of the Day" on March 29, 2013.

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Variations in Knitting

@ VOL 13 ON MAR 06, 2013

Jana Dempsey is a yarn dyer and seller, and a reluctant knitter. Her family yarn business turns 35 this year. Jana explores the world of knitting beyond the everyday.

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Running the Tokyo Marathon for Home for All

@ VOL 111 ON FEB 20, 2014

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

"Presentation of the Day" on February 22, 2014.

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Grey Past Records

@ VOL 7 ON OCT 01, 2013

Marthy Coumans has a fascination for exotic vinyl. He collects rare editions and pressings from all over the world. Not by avarage pop bands. He dives deep into the basements of niche sub-cultures and unheard genres. This fascination takes him all over the world. In this presentation he explains how this search for the weird came to being and where it leads him today.

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Swamp Thing: Collecting for a World Record

@ VOL 13 ON MAR 06, 2015

John Boylan is an illustrator and graphic designer at Fresh Produce. He is a lifelong comic book enthusiast and has been a collector for most of his life. John finds great pleasure in researching, hunting and cataloging his findings. His collection and catalog of all things Swamp Thing is recognized as a valuable reference tool. Over the past year, Swamp Thing fans from around the world have reached out to John regarding his online catalog at


Boylan’s entire collection of over 800 items—books, memorabilia, toys, and more—will be on display from 1:00PM to 5:00PM at the Sioux Falls Design Center in Downtown Sioux Falls. The collection will be authenticated by legendary comic book artist and creator Phil Hester (Marvel, DC, and more), local purveyor of all things collectible John Nordstrom (Rainbow Sports Cards and Comics) and Sioux Falls business owner and comic enthusiast Andy Howes (Howes Oil, Local Zip). Boylan promises the event will be “a celebration of fandom, fanaticism, and all things Swampy.”

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All the World's a Square

@ VOL 124 ON APR 22, 2015

Repeat PechaKucha Presenter and Yokohama Knit Artist, Bernd Kestler started an initiative called "Knit for Japan" in repsonse to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Originally aimed at providing knitting supplies for people of Tohoku, the project evolved into the "Granny Square Project” in which Bernd collected 20cm X 20cm knitted squares from all around the world. Little did he know he would receive so many that he was able to create the worlds largest crochetted blanket. Check out how this creative project became greater than the sum of its parts. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 22, 2015.

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The Tohoku Effect


“When the Haiti earthquake struck, we ran an event around the world on 24 hour skype. A Year later, the shoe was on the other foot; the earthquake happened in Japan. 105 cities got together within 3 weeks and we held an Inspire Japan Event.”

From PKN Tokyo’s recent "Powered by PechaKucha: Tohoku 2020: Building a sustainable Post-3/11 Future" Speaker and PechaKucha founder Mark Dytham presents "The Tohoku Effect" on PechaKucha’s and PechaKucha Inspire’s history. No one could have predicted that the small one-off event would balloon into a popular presentation format to be used the world over. PechaKucha Certainly has its perks; It’s free, It’s simple, it lets people give their work exposure. Most importantly of all, it builds community. It is such communities that come together when tragedies strike and help build warm spaces.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesdaym March 17th, 2016.

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From Everest to Elephants

@ VOL 23 ON FEB 25, 2016

Holly Budge shares on projects that she's taken on that aid struggling communities and the environement. You could say Holly is a contradiction.  A genuinely lovely human being, personable and down to earth, whilst performing superhuman acts on a world record breaking level.

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All the World's a Stage

@ VOL 5 ON NOV 10, 2016

Reflecting on his interest in theater and politics, Leigh Tracy explores William Shakespeare’s proposition, “All the world’s a stage; and men and women merely players.” He recreates some characters from various plays, looks at politics as theater, and concludes with a spiritual perspective on politics and the stage.