"Street art doesn't have to be graffiti and vandalism."

In "Taking Art to the Street" from PechaKucha Nishinomiya Vol. 28, International Artist Daas shares the creative mojo that he pours into his vibrant and iconic works. Pulling inspiration from origami, his unique style takes on fresh, fun, and bold illustrative works, from powerful animals to people portraits, from street art murals to collaborative works with children and the public at large.

An Initiation to PKN Nishinomiya

Pecha Kucha CUBE Campus – Nishinomiya

Submitted by Arthur Huber

April, 2015


As a first-timer, I was curious to see what this was all about – this PechaKucha – and the various types of presentations on display during a brisk, moonlit evening in Nishinomiya.  Indeed, it was easy to become comfortable almost immediately, given the relaxed atmosphere and so many pleasant people, delicious foods, and ample beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic).  While a sizable crowd did eventually come, there was never a feeling of crowdedness or limited space.  Overall, I found CUBE to be a wonderful venue in which to hold such an event.


As I had hoped, a variety of topics throughout kept the night interesting, including an overview of a Philippines Study Tour, a local artist’s evolving process, the works of Kobayashi Kiyochika, educational projects in Africa, and the joys of starting a community garden.  Each presentation was thoughtful, purposeful, and connected to the audience.  Afterwards, I felt an impulse to do more, whether it was helping those in need in Africa and the Philippines, examining my own artistic journey, or even starting a home garden.  Certainly, there were plenty of moments where lucidity led to inspiration.


My only qualm of the night was break time – a little too lengthy at 30 minutes, which seemed to disrupt the flow of the presentations.  Perhaps a change to the break length, or additional activities (e.g., trivia) would balance the event more evenly.  Or, maybe – as some might contend, I simply missed an opportunity to chat and mingle with more people.


At the end of the night, PechaKucha was a success, as evident by the many people that had shared ideas, cultures, and motivations.  It proved a place to take part in something greater than yourself, but also to relax, to ponder and pontificate, to indulge in a dose of spirit too – human or otherwise. 

Pecha Kucha CUBE Campus – Nishinomiya

This week we put the "City Focus" on Nishinomiya for a second time, this time to highlight the city's growing presentation archive. The latest presentations are from last month's Vol. 24.

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.

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.

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.