TOKYO Posts

"We wanted to make the world's largest crochetted blanket."

In All the World's a Square, from TokyoVol. 124, repeat PechaKucha Presenter, and Yokohama Knit Artist, Bernd Kestler started an initiative called "Knit for Japan" in response to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 2011. Originally aimed at providing knitting supplies for people of Tohoku, the project evolved into the "Granny Square Project” in which Bernd collected 20cm X 20cm knitted squares from all around the world. Little did he know he would receive so many that he was able to create the world's largest crocheted blanket. 

Check out how this creative project became greater than the sum of all its parts. 




"The last important Ukio-e print master and the first print artist of modern Japan."

In The First Print Artist of Modern Japan from Nishinomiya Vol. 24, John Szostak shares his admiration and insights into the work of Japanese artist Kobayashi Kiyochika. As Japan transitioned from its fuedal history and isolated past just over a centruy ago, opening its shores to the world, Kobayashi Kiyochika helped to usher Japan into a new age of art and print. He challenged the idea of the traditional Japanese print, updating it by integrating many of the artistic sensibilities found in western modern prints, painting, and photography.


Be ready to be amazed.

"We have talent in our city but there was no platform, so PechaKucha is the platform for the people of Aden."

PechaKucha Night Aden organisers Heba Faheem and Elyas Khan speak on the efforts expended getting their event going in Yemen, and the profound effects it has had on their community. In "A Platform for Aden" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 123, we see that though their country is riddled with political and military strife, they have shown that PechaKucha brings out the very best in their city.

Dundee, Scotland has some sunsets that can challenge Hawaii’s.

Graphic designer and PKN Dundee co-organiser Lyall Bruce shows us a thing or two about his beloved city, and what you ought to see when you visit. In “The Sun Rising on Dundee” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 123, he tells us all about Dundee’s architecture, culture, gaming scene, and naturally, its gorgeous sunrises and sunsets.

Do you love Tokyo? Do you love drawing?

Self-proclaimed “draw-er” Luis Mendo speaks about the numerous artists who joined him in creating a beautifully illustrated summary of life in Tokyo. In "Drawing Tokyo" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 122 wee see that their efforts were compiled, along with some thoughtful writings, in the latest issue of what is typically an architectural magazine: MAS Context.

In the 1930s Japan, before manga, there was Kamishibai.

Don Kratzer tells us of the history of Kamishibai, the lost Japanese art of storytelling prior to the rise of television and manga. In “What is Kamishibai?” from PKN Tokyo Vol. 122, we see that the lost art of Kamishibai was filled with amazing art and astonishing characters.

J.J. Koester


At Friday's PechaKucha Night Vol. 122, film producer J.J. Koester will be on hand to talk about a film project entitled "How To Survive In Tokyo Without Losing Your Mind." To see the rest of Friday's lineup, make sure to check out our official event page.

金曜日のペチャクチャナイト Vol. 122にてフィルムプロデューサー J.J. Koesterが 彼の作品"How To Survive In Tokyo Without Losing Your Mind. 気を狂わずには東京で生きて行けない。"について語ります。
金曜日のラインナップは私たちのオフィシャルイベントページをご覧下さい。

Joining us at Friday's PechaKucha Night Vol. 122 is our good friend Don Kratzer, who will be introducing us to the world of kamishibai -- he is also preparing a special "PechaKucha Mix." We will also welcome Erica Rosen and Shun Matsuzaka, to talk about the fantastic designs coming out of ENGIMON.

今週金曜日のペチャクチャナイト Vol. 122 に我らの友達 Don Kratzerをご招待。世界の紙芝居について紹介していただくだけでなく"PechaKucha Mix."バージョンを用意してくださいます。また Erica Rosen と Shun Matsuzakaもご招待。“ENGIMON 縁起門”のファッションデザインについて語っていただきます。


At next week's PechaKucha Night Vol. 121 (Wednesday, January 28), James Greer from London will present his interesting new take on classical music. Masaki Yamazaki will take us on his "Tour de Design."

来週のペチャクチャVol. 121 (1/28(水))に ロンドンよりJames Greer が興味深い新しいクラシカルミュージックについてプレゼンしていただきます。また Masaki Yamazaki が "ツール・ド・デザイン"に連れて行ってくれます!

Hermit crabs are picky when it comes to their shells, but what happens if you give them a palace to wear?

Artist Aki Inomata speaks about her work designing and printing shells for hermit crabs that are based on real-life locations. In "If You Give a Crab a Castle" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 120 she tells us how she wonders about the nature of a living space that is not tied to a specific locale, but one that is tied to ones self.

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