This week's PechaKucha People Spotlight lands on PKN Kyoto organizer, Eric Luong. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Eric Luong is a freelance translator and Associate Professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design. He has always loved organizing things: poker nights, wine parties, DJ events, exhibitions, anything involving good people. Check out PechaKucha Kyoto's podcast with past speakers here.

Kyoto Podcast No.7 - Michael Whittle


Podcast No.7 - Vol. 20 speaker Michael Whittle takes us on a wild intellectual journey on the age-old dynamic of art vs. science. Join us for an enlightening conversation on diagrams, art, science, semiotics, and more! Hosted by Eric Luong and Sagar Patel


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Despite some technical difficulties and a hangover for Sagar, our latest podcast is withPaul Speed, one of the founders of the much-loved 京都醸造株式会社 Kyoto Brewing Company. They have taken the city by storm since launching last spring, supplying thirsty Kyotoites with their line of beautiful, well-crafted beer. Listen to find out more about their brew and how it got started! 

Hosted by Eric Luong and Sagar Patel. (Sound trouble present!)

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After a short hiatus, we are back with PKN Kyoto vol.18 speaker Robin Hoshino. Originally from Ireland, Robin presented just after a few months living in Kyoto, providing a fresh perspective on the city. Here she gives more details about her many passions: coffee, aikido, illustration, and most recently, working in a Japanese izakaya.  (英語のみ)

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Music by Ash Ryan
Intro song: 
Ashryanbeats – By-the-light-of-the-moon

Outro song: 
Ashryanbeats – The-name-of-the-game




"We are different, but we have something to share, like all of you ... I think the concept of love or empathy is not based on race or color or gender or religion. We all share this amazing feeling."

One of the biggest stories in 2015 was the migrant crisis from Syria and parts of the Middle East. Kyoto-based researcher, and Syrian national, Rodi Alkader, has been drawing his thoughts on paper for years, but as the crisis unfolded, his drawings became a profound way for him to deal with his emotions. In this very personal presentation, "Drawing Tells a Better Story", from PechaKucha Night Kyoto Vol 19, Rodi shares his family's situation and adds a unique voice to the conversation. This presentation was part of the special PechaKucha Night Huddle held in Kyoto in October 2015. 

Our "City Focus" this week heads to Kyoto, where in addition to recently hosting PechaKucha's first annual national PKN organizer "Huddle," they held an incredible 19th volume on the grounds of a historical temple in true Kyoto style! For more details on the event, as well as a look at the full list of presenters, please visit the official event page!

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Take a listen to our Podcast#4 with Vol.15 speaker Nike Dattani, computational scientist who was at Kyoto University for a work stint. From genetic mapping to Einstein's theory of relativity, we tried to ask the hard questions. After a few drinks, the conversation truly became interesting!
Hosted by Ash Ryan and Eric Luong

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This is the third volume of Pecha Kucha Night Kyoto’s podcast. Our guest is photographer Rafael Roman who talks about how he got into taking photos and tells us the stories behind some of his recent shots.

Hosted by Eric Luong and Ash Ryan.

Edited by and music by Ash Ryan.

Eric Luong is a full-time instructor at Kyoto University of Art and Design and a freelance translator of art-related literature.

Ash Ryan creates music and WordPress websites, translates Japanese-English, and is co-founder of alternative creative space イタチshelter in Osaka.

This is the second volume of Pecha Kucha Night Kyoto's podcast. Our guest is Australian textile artist Melinda Heal, who tells us about making traditional Japanese textiles, dyeing, and kimonos.

Hosted by Eric Luong and Ash Ryan.

Edited by and music by Ash Ryan.


Introducing PechaKucha Night Kyoto Podcast!

oin us as we interview past speakers for a deeper look at what they are most passionate about. We'll introduce you to some interesting people in Kyoto, Osaka, Kansai, and beyond.

Pecha Kucha Night Kyoto is held once every 3 months in Kyoto, Japan. We love locals and visitors! Get in touch if you want to present. Or just come to watch and enjoy the community.

For details and contact info, check out our official site at the link below.