TOKYO Posts

"It's a bit embarrassing to talk about the tools like this, but this comes back to, after using 1000's of cameras, what I think the best camera is. I think the best camera is...."

What's the best camera ever made? Notorious photography hack and noted local yokel, Brian Scott Peterson ought to know. After all, in the course of 20 years of making photos, nearly 1000 cameras and lenses, have passed through his possession. In "The Best Camera" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 132, he shares some musings on the most treasured of his arguably modest collection, focussing in on the very best one.

 

As the city's design and art platform, the DESIGNART festival has gathered over 70 local and international designers in 70 locations around the main creative areas of Tokyo proper from October 16th to 22nd! Overlapping with Tokyo Fashion Week, it will be an amazing melting pot of creativity, giving Tokyo the international design event that it deserves!

This week's PechaKucha People spotlight lands on PechaKucha and KDa Architecture founders, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. Dedicated to Tokyo's creative class, these two have co-founded the innovative art festival in Tokyo, DESIGNART. They, along with over 70 local and international designers, will be hosting events in 70 different locations around Tokyo from October 16th to 22nd. Along with their hardworking team of All-star architects and designers, Astrid and Mark have diligently worked their way to the top of Tokyo's architecture and design platforms, making aspects of design and architecture available to all. Feel free to come and check out their work along with the amazing work of designers from around the world and be prepared to amazed! 

 

"Photography gives me a medium to escape from daily routine life by creating something beautiful"

In Extreme Beauty from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 137, Fashion photographer Apple Chua shares in depth how she turned her passion into her career. She pushed the boundary of incorporating her hobby of hiking volcanoes into her commissioned works to create photos that comprised an epic and cinematic composition of colors, glamour, elegance, and whimsical femininity that is coupled with a futuristic look and inspirations from the renaissance era. That certain elusive quality became her signature style.

DESIGNART Tokyo 2017

DESIGNART is taking over Tokyo from October 16th to 22nd. A new design and art platform co-established by PechaKucha Founders Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham. A big PechaKucha Night in Omotesando Hills, Tokyo on Monday 16th at 5pm will help launch the festival. Speakers include Lady Gaga’s shoe designer - Noritaka Tatehana, digital designer for U2, Jamiroquai, OKGO - Moritz Waldemeyer and Swedish design and architecture superstars Claesson Koivisto Rune. Super Model Ai Tomonaga and Danish Florist Nicolai Bergman will be opening the event. We are expecting a BIG crowd - it’s a free event - see you there! http://designart.jp/en/

 "My thesis is to rethink how to plan cities in the future and reveal that these vernacular settlements are not frozen in time."

In "Urban Vernacular in the 21st Century" from PechaKucha Tokyo Vol. 150, Architect Elaine Kwong, backed by success stories of today’s fastest-growing urban collectives in China, shares with us fresh perspectives of the term ‘vernacular’.

Elaine spent the last couple of years at Harvard University researching alternate ways of urban development that can enable people to be agents of their environments rather than passive beneficiaries or victims.

建築家のElaine Kwongさんは、ハーバード大学で数年過ごした後、社会に対し積極的に環境について伝えるため、都市開発の代替方法を研究しました。 今日の中国で急成長している都市集団の成功事例研究に裏打ちされ、Elaineさんは私たちと共に「vernacular」という言葉の新しい視点を共有したいと考えています。

"Lots of people can hack, make and create their own technologies and move from being just a consumer to being a participator or even a creator." 

In "DIY your DNA - Genetics for Everyone" From PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 149, Philipp Boeing wants to do for genetics what Arduino has done for electronics, making it open to everybody. As co-founder of Bento Lab, he’s helped create the world’s first easy-to-use DNA laboratory. Boeing will tell us about his journey to date with Bento Lab – and what the future holds for citizen science!

Philipp Boeing さんは初心者でも簡単に扱うことが可能なマイコンボード、Arduinoが電子機器の世界に貢献したことを遺伝学にも応用したいと考えています。 Bento Labの共同設立者として、Philippさんは世界で初めて使い勝手の良いDNAラボの創造に貢献しました。 ボーイングは、Bento Labとの今日までの道のりについて、そして未来が市民科学にとってどう歩んでいくことになるかをお話してくださいます!

"When I'm at the factory, I'm completely switched on. I'm almost not thinking about anything... I'm almost like a man possessed until I can reach that image that's in my head..."

In "A PhD in Surfboards" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Summer Party - Curated by MINIBen Wei (Wavecraft) shares his unique hybrid surf and skateboard designs which stem from his lifelong passions of surfing and skateboarding.

Ben is a surfboard shaper, artist, and musician originally from Oceanside, California now residing in Chiba. After falling in love with the country and its people, he decided to move from California to stay in one of Japan’s professional surfing meccas Ichinomiya, 8 years ago. Growing up in a surf shop, Ben basically earned a PhD in surfboards and Wavecraft but after becoming dissatisfied with traditional board designs, he taught himself to shape so that he could bring a new breed of board into the market which he sells in his own shop in Tokyo. Check out his daily surfing updates on Instagram: benwei5050

カリフォルニア・オーシャンサイド市出身のBen Weiさんは、サーフボードシェイパー、アーティスト、ミュージシャンと多彩な顔を持ち、現在は千葉を拠点に活動しています。日本を大好きになり、故郷のカリフォルニアから日本のプロサーフィンのメッカである一宮市へ8年前に移住されました。サーフショップで育ったBenさんは、サーフボードとウェーブクラフトの”博士”ですが、徐々に既存のボードデザインに物足りなさを感じ、ボードシェイプを独学で習得、そして今や東京のご自身が経営するショップでの販売などサーフマーケットに斬新なボードを展開するまでになりました。サーフィンを毎日アップデートしているinstagram (@benwei5050)は要チェックです!

"I'm actually a priestess in Kyoto... my family has had a temple in Kyoto for the past 800 years. My dad is the 23rd generation head priest."

In "Debunking Kyoto's Myths" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 123Eric Luong and Ariya Sasaki discuss the misconceptions and stereotypical images attributed to Kyoto's pop culture. In this presentation, they debunk and reveal the true stories behind Kyoto's cultural myths.


"We would like to talk to you about our interest in the future of technology and how we can improve it by adjusting technology to humans rather than adjusting humans to technology."

In "Humane Technology" from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 149Andrea & Andriana, design students from the Royal College of Art, London, have taken a cross cultural journey to Kyoto, Japan, exploring the unchartered territory between the realms of design and meditation. In collaboration with Shunkoin temple in Kyoto, using various creative techniques to amplify and augment breathing, they will attempt to enter and influence the subconscious state of being. Om ...

ロンドンのロイヤル・カレッジ・オブ・アート(Royal College of Art)でデザインを学ぶAndrea&Andrianaさんは、デザインと瞑想の間で潜む未知の領域を探索するために、京都へのクロスカルチャーの旅を始めました。 京都の数かる中の寺院のひとつ、春光院と共同で、様々な創造的手法を駆使して呼吸を増強することで、潜在意識状態に与える影響を試みています。 オーム...

VIEW MORE