Past Tokyo Event: VOL 134

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Sana’a: From the Ashes

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

“In March 2015, the war started in Yemen and almost everything got destroyed. A lot of people got displaced… this is the beautiful – used to be the beautiful – old Sana’a city but now a big part of the city is destroyed.”

In Sana’a: From the Ashes from PechaKucha Night Tokyo’s 134th volume, speaker Ayman Amer discusses his home city of Sana’a. From it’s history to recent tragedy, the people of the city have been through a lot. In need of inspiration, Ayman discusses how despite the current conflict, Sana’a’s PechaKucha is still alive to give a voice to the people.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, April 15th, 2016.

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Miami - The Yes City

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

“There’s life before PechaKucha, and after PechaKucha”

In PechaKucha Tokyo​’s 134th volume, PechaKucha Miami​ organizer Carl Hildebrand discusses the city he loves. A vibrant metropolis, Miami has so much to offer. From the neon views of Miami beach to the Ichimura gardens, there is always something to see. But as fast paced as Miami is, PechaKucha is one place people can take a break and connect. All about the people, PechaKucha has helped up-incoming and veteran talent alike share their work and find an audience.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, April 19th 2016.

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Jewel of North Queensland

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

"We came together with the the common bond for all things creative and community. We believe in the power of shared story; rewarding or challenging, humorous or heart-wrenching, all are worthy of our attention."

In Jewel of North Queensland from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 134, presenters Cathy-Ann Kerr and Angie Quinn share their home city of Cairns and the spirit of it's people that make the community so special there. From their proximity to the great barrier reef, to their culturally rich heritage, from their deep connection to their natural world, to the busting art and nightlife scene, to the city provides so much that the great land down under has to offer. With a such an abundance of passionate people, beautiful landscape, and creative talent, PechaKucha Night Cairns is in an optimal location to bring people together.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday April 25th, 2016. 

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Stadt. City. Ville. Bonn.

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

“You probably have heard about the Carnival in Brazil. In the rhine region we also have a carnival. It’s 5 days of drinking not thinking… and all the people are calling for ‘Camella’. (Audience showered with Haribro candy much to everyone's delight.) So after that you come back home with tons of sweets, so it’s better than birthday and christmas for the kids.”

In Stadt. City. Ville. Bonn. from PechaKucha Night Tokyo’s 134th Volume, Event Managers, Melanie & Holger Vogel along with son Julian, present on their charming and historical city of Bonn, which rests in the Rhine Valley between Cologne and Frankfurt. The city of Haribo, Ludwig Von Beethoven, and Germany’s biggest flea market, it has a history that dates back to the time of the Romans, and has a little something to offer everybody. One can even stay at the location the night at their Pecha Kucha Bonn​ Events which also doubles as an interesting accommodation.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, April 11th, 2016. 

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St. Joseph - Small Town, Big Heart

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

"The only way to shed light on ignorance and resentment is to talk about it."

In St. Joseph - Small Town, Big Heart, from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 134, Lana Rappette, Assistant and Communications Lead for the Whirlpool Creatives Association reveals that St Joseph, MI is far more than just a sleepy summer tourist destination on the shore of Lake Michigan. Sure, St Joseph has its sandy beaches and an agricultural  industry fit for making apple pies, but it also has a thriving, respected and close knit arts community. One that is immune to city borders and has helped heal relationships and restore the beauty in the neighboring city of Benton Harbor. PechaKucha St Joseph was started just one year ago in early 2015. Now all people, everyday people, have a chance to share ideas and fun doing it! The city hopes to fuel a positive and creative culture through its PechaKucha platform.

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Izhevsk: the City of Labor Glory

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

“People from my city are cute and have hearts like metal. They’re strong. Even in old age, [they] still love life.”

In Izhevsk from PechaKucha Night Tokyo’s 134th volume, presenter Elena Kolesnikova gives the brief history and a beautiful photo tour of her home city Izhevsk. Founded originally by pagans, the city was put on the map after the region was discovered to be iron rich. It only grew from there and the rest is all icing on the cake.

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The Resurrection of Christchurch

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

In The Resurrection of Christchurch from PKN Tokyo's Vol. 134 Pow Wow Special, PechaKucha Night Christchurch Organisers Netta Egoz and Erica Austin use the 17 PKNs since the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes as a means to document the social rebuild of the city. The events move from temporary buildings to pop up public spaces and finally back to permanent buildings as the city reopens and rebuilds. Each event showcases a different venue, designer, photographer, and the speakers often talk about their ideas for a better city which are now collated under the Inspire Christchurch channel!

This was "Presentation of the Day" on Easter Sunday, March 27th, 2016.

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Windy City vs The Big Apple

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

“You're gonna find out once and for all, which is the most brilliant PechaKucha City, and it's either Chicago or New York."

Come one, come all to the smackdown event of the evening; Windy City VS the Big Apple.  On the left we have Peter Exley representing Chicago weighing in at 37 PKN volumes.  On the right we have Emma Exley representing New York weighing in at 8 PKN volumes. Let the mach begin!

Brought to you by PechaKucha Night Tokyo’s 134th Volume.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, April 8th, 2016.

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Creativity in a Hidden Land

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

“We’re advanced in everything but when it comes to design, we’re a bit boring… So when PechaKucha was introduced in 2012, young people were encouraged to come… and show us what they had.”

In Creativity in a Hidden Land from PKN Tokyo’s Vol. 134 Pow Wow Special, PechaKucha Night Muscat Organizer Sara Fida Al Abdullah shares some reflections on her home city and the PKN she hosts there in Oman. A beautiful and vibrant city, Oman's capital Muscat is a sight to behold indeed, but as Sara began to recognize an under-represented and under-valued sense of design, she committed her to finding and spotlight the city's hidden creativity and talent, and if in doing so via PechaKucha Nights, she's had an enormously positive impact on her community. Here she also offers some ingenious tips on running PechaKucha Night, from which any organizer can glean. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, April 4th, 2016. 

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Going Beyond Kansai Stereotypes

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

「大阪といえば?」と聞かれて、イメージするものはなんでしょうか。PechaKucha Night Osakaオーガナイザーの中山智裕さんが、真っ先に思い浮かべるコテコテな「大阪」ではなく、ちょっとニッチで、関西人はつい合いの手を入れたくなる大阪の一部をお見せします。個性的なプレゼンターが揃う、PKN Osakaの紹介もお見逃しなく!

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Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border

@ VOL 134 ON MAR 18, 2016

"We hope whoever becomes president builds more bridges instead of walls [because] we are sister cities, divided only by the river."

In Building Bridges, Not Walls at the US - Mexico Border from PKN Tokyo Vol 134, PechaKucha Night El Paso City Organizers (and acclaimed architects) William Helm and Edgar Lopez describe the symbiotic relationship of the sister cities of El Paso and Juarez. The residents of the two cities activate a third space of the US/Mexico border, called "Pass of the North"  which produces a rich milieu of creativity, art and culture. In this place which was historically known as "Paso del Norte" along the Spanish road from Mexico City to Santa Fe, the two cities have come together to use the PechaKucha conversation to bridge across the border. 20 x 20 x 2 cities = building bridges not walls.

Peter Exley
Architect, Architecture Is Fun in Chicago
William Helm
Architect, In*Situ Architecture in El Paso
Carl Hildebrand
Director, PechaKucha Miami in Miami
Emma Exley
Creative Designer in Brooklyn
Sara Fida
Designer/branding , SF.DSGN in Muscat
Melanie & Holger Vogel
Entrepreneurs, AGENTUR ohne NAMEN GmbH in Bonn
Netta Egoz
PechaKucha Cheerleader
Erica Austin
Event Awesomist, ChCh Ambassador, Ministry of Awesome in Christchurch
Cathy-Ann Kerr
Primary School Teacher in Cairns
Angie Quinn
Intuitive Life Coach, Soulhappy in Cairns
Lana DeFrancesco
Professional volunteer , Box Factory for the Arts, Krasl Art Center & PechaKucha in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor
Elena Kolesnikova
Design, Advertising, Marketing and PR in Izhevsk
Ayman Amer
Pharmacist, ICRC in Sana'a