INSPIRE JAPAN Channel

 

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

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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. 

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PechaKucha in Kumamoto

BY YOSHIHARU NAKAYAMA
@ VOL 22 ON FEB 24, 2017

Pechakucha Night Kumamoto organizer, Yoshiharu Nakayama, shares all about the comminity that has been cultivated around their creative series there and how PechaKucha had made an impact for those affected by the earthquakes of 2016. 

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Home is Where the Heart is

BY RIMIKO YANAI
@ VOL 22 ON FEB 24, 2017

Rimiko Yanai shares gives an facinating and highly informative glimpse into life in the modular temporary housing provided for residents in Kumamoto who lost their homes to the 2016 earthquakes. Her creative inginuity of using available materials and goods in unlikely ways shows how she has transformed a temporary house, into a temporary home

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Photohoku to Photomoto

BY YUKO YOSHIKAWA
@ VOL 22 ON FEB 24, 2017

Yuko Yoshikawa shares about taking the photo-giving experieces and successes of her Photohoku initiative to those living in temporary housing thoughout earthquake-stricken Kumamoto. 

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Volunteering in Tohoku: 6 Years Later

BY CRISTINA MARIE DEANE
IN TOKYO

"Wherever I looked I saw destruction, but what I also saw was hope in the eyes of those who survived."

In Volunteering in Tohoku: 6 Years Later, Cristina Marie Deane shares her story of volunteering in the Miyagi prefecture following the devastating events of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Volunteering turned out to be not only an enlightening and fulfilling experience for Cristina but it also changed the course of her life. 

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Unconventional Volunteer(ing)

BY JAMIE EL-BANNA
@ 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.

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Tremors from Kumamoto

BY MARI NASAKI
@ 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.

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Safecast: Real-time Hyper-local Information

BY PIETER FRANKEN
IN TOKYO

"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. 

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The Tohoku Effect

BY MARK DYTHAM
IN TOKYO

“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.