Past Tokyo Event: VOL 108

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Tokyo in Sketches

@ VOL 108 ON NOV 06, 2013

A few years ago, Adrian Hogan went to Aomori, Japan and taught English for one year. During that time, he developed a habit of drawing his students. Here he shows us his work and how it has evolved over the years. Now he works as a freelance illustrator in Tokyo.

"Presentation of the Day" on November 22, 2013.

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A Life in the Making

@ VOL 108 ON NOV 06, 2013

Carl Bass began building, making from a very young age with erector sets. This snowballed as he grew. He later moved on to making things out of wood. Now he's devoted to making tools that help people to develop creations of their own. In A Life in the Making from Tokyo Vol. 108, he explains all.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on February 18th, 2017.

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The Future of Music is Wearable

@ VOL 108 ON NOV 06, 2013

Gee Daigo Kawai is working with wearable technology firm MACHINA to bring the future of DJing to fruition. He discusses the futuristic sensors, fabrics, and gestures that make up the jacket that will allow music-makers the ability to control flow, beats, and switch tracks at will. 

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

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Playgrounds and Stools

@ VOL 108 ON NOV 06, 2013

Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham present two of their team's projects. One is an indoor playground for kids in the tsunami-destroyed region of eastern Japan. The other is a sea of stools, designed to look like grass, for Artek's elephant in Ginza. (In Japanese)

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Baseball's East and West

@ VOL 108 ON NOV 06, 2013

Matt Schley, a baseball fan, talks about the differences between Japanese baseball and American baseball. The rules are mostly the same, but the culture is different. This includes things like sacrificial bunting and cute beer-selling girls. He also talks about some of the unique characteristics of several stadiums in Japan.

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Innovative Materials

@ VOL 108 ON NOV 06, 2013

Mitsuhiro Kanada talks about an often overlooked facet of design - materials. Innovative design solutions to cultural differences, environmental differences, and scarcity problems can be solved by taking a fresh look at materials and the many different ways they can be combined. Mitsuhiro shows us how.

"Presentation of the Day" on December 30, 2013.

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Contemporary Maori Art Forms

@ VOL 108 ON NOV 06, 2013

Natasha Perkins and her team created a structure and is inspired by the New Zealand Maori practice of weaving.. Their structure is recyclable and was created using interlocking pieces, and was meant to be a place of thought, inspiration. Watch to see how they did it.

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Between Information and Material

@ VOL 108 ON NOV 06, 2013

Yusuke Oono presents some projects that he and his team have completed. He begins with a collection of wireframe furniture he has one display in a museum, which leads into an application that allows companies to design their own furniture. Lastly he goes into depth on a project he worked on involving laser cutting and books. (in Japanese)

Mark Dytham
Architect & PechaKucha Night Founder, Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo
Astrid Klein
Architect & PechaKucha Night Founder, Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo
Gee Daigo Kawai
CEO, Creative Director, Composer, Ringmasters LLC in Kawasaki
Bruno Quinquet
Artist, Photographer, Bureau d'Etudes Japonaises in Tokyo
Adrian Hogan
Illustrator, Self-Employed in Tokyo
Hiroyuki Inahata
Vice President in Tokyo
Matt Schley
Writer in Tokyo
Yusuke OONO
Architect, Designer, Engineer in Tokyo
Carl Bass
President and CEO, Autodesk in San Francisco
Natasha Perkins
Design + Product Development, School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ in Wellington
Mitsuhiro Kanada
Arup in Tokyo