NEXT EVENT VOL 127
Don't miss our July edition, taking place on Wednesday, July 29 at SuperDeluxe.
Inspired by Nepal, a Langtang Ago
BY BRIAN SCOTT PETERSON
Prior to establishing himself in Tokyo over a decade ago, Brian Scott Peterson made a trip half way around the world to, in his words "the mystifyingly scenic", country of Nepal. In a wonderlust quest for "adventure of most epic proportions", Peterson set off from age-old city Kathmandu, long-hauling across treacherous trail to the Himalayan kingdoms highest peaks, to the remote mountainous village of Langtang, a journey against all others after would be measured.
Heartbroken to see the recent devastation and disastrous loss of the place that forever changed his life, he offers this emotional tale of his sojourn there, simply as a starting point.
No stranger to disaster response, Peterson hopes to eventually repeat in Nepal his successful volunteer effort from Japan, the family photo rebuilding project Photohoku.
Finally he asks, "How can the tried and true creativity in the greater PechaKucha community rally to share stories and support for Nepal?"
Salarymen of the Sky
BY YUKI AOYAMA
@ VOL 125
ON MAY 28, 2015
Photographer Yuki Aoyama hit it big when his father-daughter portaits hit the net. Salarymen and fathers are often portrayed as serious, but Aoyama's shots capture the light-hearted side to the family dynamic in Japan.
Shadows and Light - Architecture, Abroad in Japan
BY WOODBURY UNIVERSITY
@ VOL 125
ON MAY 28, 2015
In referring to Japan's intrinsically and simultaneously traditional and futuristic duality, Woodbury University architecture students on a Japan study away trip ask, "are the shrines and neon places separate from each other?"
They draw attention to architectural examples they discovered in their time in various Japan cities that highlight the focus of their studies, shadows and light.
Come and find the correlations with them!
Heightening Interest in the Himalayan Kingdom
BY SATOMI OGUCHI
@ VOL 125
ON MAY 28, 2015
Japan International Cooperation Agency volunteer and junior high school teacher Satomi Oguchi, shares her experience volunteering in Nepal as an environmental educator.
She sheds light on some misperceptions about Nepal and offers her fellow Japanese and the PK community a chance to highten our interest in the Himalayan kingdom, which is also Asia's poorest country. Oguchi experienced the recent earthquakes there and shares how the Nepalese were quick to respond.
Check it out and be inspired to get invovled as Satomi Oguchi has!
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Little did we know that a one off event in Tokyo, based on a simple format we came up with to stop architects from talking to much, would grow into a truly global celebration of creativity - if we did we may have named the event something a little easier to pronounce and spell!
A creative director based in Tokyo, he also produces vinyl toys and collaborates with artists through his Fig-lab brand. His latest project is the "Finger Five" series, made up of short vinyl figures that you can place on your fingers. He also helps run the PechaKucha Night series in Tokyo, which is held on the last Wednesday of every month.
As PechaKucha Nights reach a total of 1000 cities represented and the year 2020 approaches, the overarching mission of PechaKucha to bring out and unite creative peoples of all backgrounds becomes ever refined. It is Johnny's responsibility to always be thinking of new ways to help PechaKucha grow, and then find solutions to allow for these ideas to become reality. Johnny works to to cultivate partnerships with organizations, corporations as well as small businesses globally, and develops campaigns to mobilize and leverage the PechaKucha network in unique and exciting ways. --------- Along with team members Yuko Yoshikawa and Jean Snow, Johnny planned and executed PechaKucha's first ever "Pow Wow" -- a global summit aimed at bringing PechaKucha City Organisers out to Tokyo to discuss the state of the organisation, the global proliferation of creativity, and the direction of PechaKucha going forward. Seventeen cities were represented, with over 30 City Organisers and team members in participation. PechaKucha worked with Airbnb to provide accomodation for those coming in from out of the country. The three-day event was a great success, and the next PechaKucha Pow Wow is planned for March 2016. --------- He has managed, edited, and curated content on PechaKucha.org, PechaKucha Global's social networks, and still dabbles in IT for both the PechaKucha Global organization and Klein Dytham architecture. He worked as a liaison to over 800 PechaKucha City Organizers -- assisting them with licenses, content, and general inquiries. --------- In Winter/Spring 2014 he worked to partner PechaKucha with the New Cities Foundation. The goal was to reach out to the PechaKucha global creative network to locate talented "Urban Innovators" -- those working in their local community to enact social and technological change. The selected innovators from this campaign were flown to Dallas, TX for New Cities Summit, a gathering for world leaders, to speak on how their projects could be implemented, promoted, and scaled to benefit the urban landscape of any city, worldwide. --------- For PechaKucha's Global Night 2013, in collaboration with Google Japan, he lead the technical production of a nearly 20-hour-long Global Hangouts event, where the PK founders and team got together with over 75 City Organizers in every timezone to chat about their City, PechaKucha Night, and the Global Night theme "Hidden Heroes". --------- Like many Americans native to California, he has a weakness for avocados, burritos, and a well-made cheeseburger. On his bucket list is the goal to become a certified helicopter pilot. Photo: (c) Michael Holmes
Astrid Klein was born in Italy to German parents, schooled in France, educated in Britain, and since 1988 has lived and worked in Japan. She is, therefore, thoroughly international, right down to her bones. Traversing disciplinary and cultural boundaries has been a way of life for Astrid. An artistic family background has ballasted her sense of identity, while the compass of design has guided her professional career. A Masters degree from the Royal College of Art in London exposed her to the diversity of creative endeavor and developed her talent. A thirst for the exotic led her to Japan, a hunger for the new kept her there. After working for Toyo Ito in Tokyo, she and her partner Mark Dytham established KDa in 1991. The work of KDa has been the subject of numerous publications and an exhibition of their work was held at the Architecture Association in London in 2005. Astrid is a frequent guest at international conferences on design and architecture and has lectured or held teaching positions at universities in Japan, the UK, the USA, Australia and throughout Europe.
Brian Scott Peterson is a one of those jack-of-all trades kind of characters who re-invents his entire world every few years. He's worn a load of different hats, from writer and photographer, to musician, to entrepreneur, to NPO founder. He's happily funnelling his imagination into PechaKucha at HQ in Tokyo. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, he's travelled the world extensively. Since 2004, Brian, with his wife and two children, call Tokyo home.
My background is studying architecture and I love multidisciplinary creative fields! Through experiencing many projects of space design, graphic design, publishing, coordinating, and so on, I have joined PechaKucha Global HQ. Really excited to meet awesome talents all over the world!