Having a third of your country’s population over 60 creates challenging issues in need of unique solutions.

Akira Sakano speaks on the ageing, depopulating town of Kamikatsu — one of the smallest in Japan. In “Japan’s Small Town Solutions” from PKN Nishinomiya Vol. 23, Akira speaks of the projects she’s initiated to reduce waste and empower the elderly of small town Japan.

For our "City Focus" this week, we head to Nishinomiya, Japan, a city that celebrates its 20th PechaKucha Night on April 18. For more details on the event, as well as a look at the full list of presenters, please visit the official event page.

City Focus: Nishinomiya

Our "City Focus" this week goes to the Japanese city of Nishinomiya, with its PechaKucha Night Vol. 19 happening on December 20 -- just one more until the oh-so-special Vol. 20! You'll find more details as well as the full list of presenters on the official event page.

Top 5 Presentations in August

September has begun *cues up Earth, Wind & Fire* which means the beginning of the end of summer *cues up the theme to JAWS*, and a great set of presentations from the month of August! *back to Earth, Wind & Fire*

1. "The Fear of Sharks

2. "Books in the Age of the iPad

3. "Toilets of the Future, Now

4. "Creating Legends"

5. "Old into New

From glue to charcoal, tools to blades, nearly everything blacksmith and craftsman Dave Friesen uses is all-natural and handmade.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Old into New" from PKN Nishinomiya Vol. 17, Dave wants to create "future antiques." Much like the soothing Bob Ross, Dave takes us on a step-by-step, calm journey on how he breathes new life into discarded materials and creates new and useful works of art. He lets us deeper into his creative process by showing us before and after images of his tools and knives. 

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Toilets of the Future, Now" from PKN Nishinomiya Vol. 17, Kobe University professor Matthew Rook goes into detail on one of Japan's greatest technical advancements: the washlet toilet. Matthew surveys the history of the toilet in Japan, and discusses the process of its development.

Let's take a look at what's happening in PechaKucha today. Presentations As we promised yesterday, we continue to share presentations from last Friday's special PechaKucha event at the Magazine Library exhibition. Today you can hear Antonin Gaultier talk about his new digital Tokyo fashion magazine, De Rigueur (available for Kindle), and Tokyo-based designer Ian Lynam shares some of the magazine titles that have had a big impact on him. PKN Koszalin Vol. 9 Posters Two new posters today on our Tumblr blog, starting with the one (above) for the upcoming PKN Koszalin Vol. 9 (on May 25). You see a piece of the amazing venue where it will be held in it, and below, a better look. You'll also find the beautifully illustrated poster for PKN Barcelona Vol. 16. PKN Koszalin Vol. 9 It's the Koszalin Amphitheatre, and it can hold 3000 spectators -- that's PKN Tel Aviv territory! PKN Beirut Vol. 8 Events We of course have a few new galleries of event photos to point out, and the photo above is an oldie but goodie, from PKN Beirut Vol. 8 (the most recent event in that city was last week's Vol. 14).

Here we have a report from PKN Nishinomiya organizer Brent Jones on the city's recent PKN Vol. 12:

Friday, April 13 (that's right . . . Friday the 13th) was another raucous night of creativity and fun at CUBE in Nishinomiya. We continue to attract an eclectic mix of presenters, and this beautiful Spring night was no exception. We started the evening by showing Mark Dytham’s PechaKucha Global Events presentation from the PKN website. We explained to the audience that we are locked into our set events (because our venue is a school), but that we try to promote these events as much as we can. Our first live presenter was Teruko Ashida, who introduced her organic fruit farm in Amagasaki and the events she holds there. Peter Sterlacci followed up with a lively introduction to Personal Branding. Shuji Narita came next with a humorous look at common English mistakes made by Japanese, and he was followed by Carmen Tamas and Shawn White swapping musings about the charms of Japan and Romania. Our Beer Break was followed by a PKN formatted workshop on Old School Hip Hop by Warren Decker. Natsuko Shiraishi then introduced her work with groups of indigenous Mangyan on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines. The audience was then treated to the trials and tribulations of learning how to scull by Richard Miller, and Wes Lang rounded out the night with a poetic look at Unkai, or the sea of clouds that can be viewed from various summits in Japan. We again enlisted the help of several students in introducing the presenters and keeping the evening full of unexpected twists and turns, and are already looking forward to PKN Nishinomiya Volume 13 on July 6th.

Calendar As we mentioned yesterday, tonight (May 15) you can look forward to PKN Helsingborg Vol. 8, and then tomorrow night (May 16) Wagga Wagga will be hosting its PKN Vol. 6.

We're trying something a bit different today, and instead of producing a few separate posts, we're creating a one-stop post with all of the day's news and interesting links. Do let us know what you think. Emanuele Fidone Presentations First off, of course, comes the presentations. As we've been doing lately, we've added two new presentations: Hear Emanuele Fidone cover key aspects of architecture as he shares his works (in Italian, from PKN Catania Vol. 10), or let Peter Harris guide you through the inner workings of zen (from PKN Waterville Vol. 6). And if you've been wondering just how global our presentations are, this page should clue you in -- we have 63 cities represented, with of course new cities sending us presentations every day. PKN Coruna Vol. 6 Posters And you do remember about our fantastic PKN poster Tumblr, right? Every single poster we receive from our global organizers goes up there, and today's additions includes posters/flyers for PKN Coruna Vol. 6, PKN Rockford Vol. 1, PKN Nishinomiya Vol. 12, and PKN Sacramento Vol. 17. Links There's also been some great PechaKucha chatter around the net, and here are a few links that we'd like to share today (and we'll be sharing more links like this on a regular basis, so keep the coverage coming):

Calendar Here's wishing you a fantastic weekend, and don't forget to check the PechaKucha calendar to find out what PechaKucha Night you can attend over the next few days (hint: we're in Cleveland, Ferrol, Guatemala City, Lausanne, Manizales, and Bandung tonight, and in Springfield, MO and Helsinki tomorrow).

PKN Nishinomiya Vol. 4

Here's a look at May's PechaKucha Night in Nishinomiya Vol. 4, with a selection of photos -- there's more to see in this Flickr photoset -- as well as a report courtesy of organizer Brent Jones.

Judging by the unprecedented crowd showing up for May 8th’s PKN in Nishinomiya, it vied for being the most successful yet. Perhaps this was down to it being the first to be held on a Saturday. Or possibly it was because this was (yet again) a phenomenally diverse and talented group of presenters, who captured the imagination of the audience.


PKN Nishinomiya Vol. 3

PechaKucha Night in Nishinomiya Vol. 3 was held just last week, and here's a report from that city's organizer, Brent Jones.

January 22 started out like any other cold winter evening in Nishinomiya, but things soon heated up at CUBE (our pet name for the Nishinomiya campus of Konan University), with a rambunctious crowd converging here for the Vol. 3 of PKN Nishinomiya. The evening’s lineup included a filmmaker, designers working in several different domains, and an educator. The highlight, however, turned out to be plant hunter Seijun Nishihata. His presentation just before the beer break included the unveiling of a collection of 3-4 meter sakura branches that had been manipulated to bloom just in time for this event. A collective gasp went up from the crowd and this led into an animated beer break. PKN Nishinomiya continues to attract an eclectic crowd from around Kansai and is building a reputation as not-to-be-missed event. We look forward to the next PKN here in late April or early May.


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