Just 4 weeks after the events of 3/11 in Japan, the worldwide PechaKucha community came together to "Inspire Japan." Over $85,000 was raised for Architecture for Humanity and ArchiAid during a non-stop 24-hour PechaKucha event that circled the globe. The process of re-growth is ongoing, and presentations will continue to be added as we continue to inspire.


Featured Presentation


Brian Scott Peterson

Photographer, Global Content Manager, PechaKucha in Tokyo

“We gave out over 1000 albums and 10,000 portraits. We’ve involved 300 volunteers and 1000+ supporters. ”

In Photohoku 2.0, from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 116, photographers Brian Scott Peterson and Yuko Yoshikawa go into depth on their family photo album re-buidling project, Photohoku. This effort was founded in response to the giant earthquake that shook Japan in 2011 and aims to make new photos of families affected by disaster. It has grown into a global photo-giving, fundraising movement and has spread to the US, the Philippines, Australia, Korea, and many more.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 5, 2014 and on March 19, 2016. 


Unconventional Volunteer(ing)

@ VOL 13 ON JUN 04, 2016

Jamie El-Banna shares his stories of volunteering that don't quite fit the norm. According to El-Banna, the standard image of a volunteer is that of hippy-minded slacker who can't find a "real job". El-Banna is the founder of NPO It's Not Just Mud that has provided disaster relief in Tohoku and Kumamoto. Jamie proves that volunteers come in all shapes, colors and sizes.


Tremors from Kumamoto

@ VOL 135 ON APR 27, 2016

"As we attempted to escape our crumbling buildings, the electricity cut out, and we were left scrambling in the dark."

In Tremors from Kumamoto, from PKN Tokyo Vol. 135, PechaKucha Night Kumamoto team member Mari Nasaki recounts the days and weeks following Kumamoto's largest earthquake in centuries. She speaks of destruction, lack of sustenance and supplies, but also of hope. 

The was "PechaKucha of the Day" Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016.


Safecast: Real-time Hyper-local Information


"It's a little bit like Google Street View, it's the same idea ...with radiation."

From PKN Tokyo’s recent "Powered by PechaKucha: Tohoku 2020: Building a sustainable Post-3/11 Future" Pieter Franken Presents Safecast: Real-time Hyper-local Information. In our technologically saturated age, it is hypothetically easy to share data instantaneously with others. After the Tohoku Earthquake, Pieter and what would eventually become the Safecast Team realized that information about the radiation levels couldn’t be spread as it didin’t exist. After connecting to minds, companies, and volunteers – both in Japan and abroad– an open-source system was developed that could quickly collect, record, and share radiation level information.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, March 11, 2016. 


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.


Harnessing the Power of Play


“Bureaucracy is not very fun, so… at first they decided to turn a blind eye towards what we were doing. [Eventually] the government’s blind eye [realized that it] liked what we were doing. The ministry of education started reaching out to us and asking ‘hey, can you help us rebuild the playgrounds at our schools’”

From PechaKucha Night Tokyo’s recent "Powered by PechaKucha: Tohoku 2020: Building a sustainable Post-3/11 Future" comes Harnessing the Power of Play by Michael Anop. Whilst volunteering in disaster-affected Tohoku communities, Anop came to realize that many parks and school playgrounds had been destroyed by the 3/11 tsunami. Because local government was simply overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster, repairing parks would take 3 to 5 years. Working together with corporate sponsors, community leaders and city halls, Playground of Hope has built 43 playground in Tohoku.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016. 




"Let's get the value of regional Japan out to the world because the world will benefit from it."

In NOW HOW From PKN Tokyo’s recent "Powered by PechaKucha: Tohoku 2020: Building a sustainable Post-3/11 Future"  Adam Fulford uses the word NowHow as a rough translation of "ichigo ichie," a Japanese tea ceremony concept that focuses attention on the unique value of each encounter. "Now" is the only time available to us to take action, and so it would seem appropriate to try to make the best possible use of that opportunity. Adam uses his take on traditional East Asian and Japanese culture to design a "now" whose aim is to improve the survival potential of the amazingly diverse communities to be found, on the brink of collapse, in regional Japan. For his NowHow and Walkshop activities, he brings together international teams whose task is to unearth buried treasure -- while also experiencing the power of "deep Japan" to mend a broken heart. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, March 15th, 2016.


Living with Horses at Nambu-Magari-Ie

@ VOL 127 ON JUL 29, 2015

建築家の高池葉子さんは伊東豊雄建築設計事務所勤務時に、 震災復興支援施設「みんなの家」プロジェクトに奔走されました。当時のプロジェクトを進める過程で目覚めた建築と地域のあり方について実現すべく、独立後の現在は、岩手県釜石市でその地域独特の建築「南部曲がり家」の再生を通じて、馬と人との共生文化の復活に力を注いでいます。馬と住む曲がり家が、地域活性化の拠点として果たす新しい可能性について語ります。東日本大震災から4年を経た今、意義ある必見のプレゼンテーションです。


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.