PechaKucha Presentation
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Astrid Klein

Architect & PechaKucha Night Founder, Klein Dytham architecture in Tokyo

From Tokyo to the World


Astrid Klein & Mark Dytham, PechaKucha Founders, special guests from PechaKucha HQ, Tokyo

Mark and Astrid introduce the concept of PechaKucha  - in ten years this format of seminars has spread to over 900 cities. They have about 120 events every month, and around 500 000 people attend these events. 

PechaKucha is about being positive. Mark and Astrid speak about the positive outcome of the horrible earthquake in Tōhoku in 2011, where a million people were dislodged and 7000 people lost their homes. To help restore the community, architect Toyo Ito built a new kind of community center called The Home For All – a place where people can meet each other, a place to hang out and a place for kids to play. 

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Tokyo Design Festa

@ VOL 72 ON APR 21, 2010

Stephen Lebovits on Tokyo Design Festa. A biannual International Art Event, started in 1994. Open to all artists from all over the world to exhibit their creative talent freely. Over 100,000 artists cannot be wrong.
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PKN Brisbane

@ VOL 90 ON MAR 28, 2012

PKN Brisbane team member Luke comes to Tokyo and shows everyone how Brisbane runs and fosters the local creative community through PechaKucha Nights. This presentation is in English.

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On Latvia, Graphic Design, and Tokyo

@ VOL 109 ON DEC 04, 2013

Natalie Cernecka, from Latvia, was trying to find a graphic designer in Tokyo. While searching, she found a small Latvian shop in Nakameguro and went to talk to the owner. She was so enthralled by the story she heard that she wanted to share it with the world via PechaKucha. While at a PechaKucha event, she met another Latvian. Through her new Latvian friend, she found a graphic designer from Ecuador who was able to help her.

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Tokyo & Berlin (Part 1)

@ VOL 120 ON DEC 16, 2014

Longtime friend of PechaKucha -- and creator of the original PechaKucha book -- Uleshka Asher tells her story of what brought her to Tokyo from Germany, and how she ended up in Berlin. This is HER side of the story -- watch the other side, as told by Ryotaro Chikushi.

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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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Tokyo Creatives' Shared Canvas

@ VOL 128 ON SEP 30, 2015

"One of the things I really wanted to make Canvas for was because I wanted to see and know about more stuff that was happening in Tokyo."

In "Tokyo Creatives' Shared Canvas" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 128, Tacchi Studio's director Mark McFarlane discusses the motivation behind wanting to make Canvas, a directory and community for Tokyo creatives to gather on and offline. 

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Tokyo Around the Clock

@ VOL 131 ON DEC 16, 2015

"I wanted to show places that tourists cannot see, and strangers are not allowed."

In Tokyo Around the Clock, from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 131, Elena Aframova shares her 5-years-in-the-making photo project that utilizes thousands of dramatic black & white photographs to depict everyday life in Tokyo in the form of a graphic novel.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 15th, 2015. 


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Celebrating Illustrators and Tokyo

@ VOL 138 ON JUL 27, 2016

"We were documenting Tokyo a lot, but even though we might draw Tokyo tower three times, because of our different background and where we come from, there will be three different outcomes which we thought was really interesting."

In Celebrating Illustrators and Tokyo from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 138, David Robert and Andrew Joyce share on The Tokyoiter project. The Tokyoiter is willing to present the talent of artists and the wonderful and inspiring city of Tokyo to a larger audience. Every cover of this imaginary magazine and tribute to The New Yorker and The Parisianner is a celebration of creativity and one of the best city on earth.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, September 2nd, 2016. 

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@ VOL 43 ON MAY 09, 2017

Andrew recently attended the 3rd annual gathering of PechaKucha city organisers in Tokyo. He shares some of his observations and experiences based on a very short visit to the city, the world's largest.