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Don Kratzer

Guerrilla Semiotician, Fig-lab || 国際フィギュア研究所 in Tokyo

What is Gacha-Gacha?

PRESENTED ON FEB 24, 2016
IN TOKYO @ VOL 133

"We are now in the throes of a Gacha-Gacha Renaissance ... I mean this is fried sharks and heavy machinery."

Modular vending machines filled with wild and wacky character goods have been an integral part of the Tokyo landscape for as long as most of us can remember. But what’s the story behind these silent purveyors of goodies and their enduring popularity? At Pechakucha Night Tokyo Vol. 133, the legendary Don Kratzer expounds on the history, novelty, and hilarity of the world of Gacha-Gacha!

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, February, 26th, 2016. 

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Inspire Japan Update

BY JEAN SNOW
@ VOL 82 ON MAY 25, 2011

We take a look at what the Inspire Japan events have meant so far for reconstruction efforts in Japan, what we've accomplished so far (with 48 cities reporting, we've raised over $70,000), and what's next. We also invite you to continue to support our efforts by donating on the Inspire Japan site, or by pre-buying the Inspire Japan ebook.
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20 Years in Japan

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 95 ON SEP 26, 2012

Don Kratzer has lived in Japan for 20 years, and following the PK 20x20 format, shares what he's been up to all this time using one image for each year.

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What Color is Godzilla?

BY DON KRATZER
@ HEINEKEN STAR LOUNGE ON MAY 15, 2013

Don Kratzer attempts to answer the controversial question, "What Color is Godzilla?" Plus, other über-toy-nerd trivia concerning the color green.

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The Japan Superhero Boom and the Pachimon Phenomenon 1971-1975

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 103 ON MAY 29, 2013

Don Kratzer adds to his collection of PechaKucha presentations dealing with the Japanese toy and figure scene with a new installment, this time looking at the explosion of Superheros on Japanese TV and popular culture In the early 1970s. Check out the cast of characters, the amazing vinyl toys, and the charming "pachimon" (bootleg) phenomenon of this bygone era.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 7, 2013.

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What Are Kinkeshi?

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 106 ON SEP 20, 2013

Don Kratzer takes an inside look at the birth of a toy movement from the mid-1980s, and discusses the ripples this particular line of figures has had on present-day artists. 

This presentation was part of the PechaKucha Global Night 2013, and follows the theme of "hidden heroes."

"Presentation of the Day" on October 11, 2013.

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What is Sofubi?

BY DON KRATZER
@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

The prolific international figure researcher Don "Datadub" Kratzer does it once again -- an in-depth discussion on the history and creation of sofubi or soft-vinyl toys. Perk up your ears as he offers sweet, colorful nuggets of information on the fascinating mid-20th century products. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 7, 2014.

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Doing What You Love

BY PHILLIP ROLLINS
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 14, 2015

Phillip Rollins is a DJ and owner of OffBeat, a comic book, vinyl toy, and record store in Jackson, MS. Self-described as "just an awkward black kid in America," Phillip does what he loves. In fact, he was so motivated to pursue his dreams because he could see growing up that his mom working at the Mississippi Deparment of Corrections did not love her job. He encourages everyone to go after there dreams.

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Sofubi: Soft Vinyl

BY DON KRATZER
@ PECHAKUCHA NIGHT SPECIAL @ AUTODESK POP-UP ON NOV 08, 2015

"When I say factory, it's often a 60 or 70-year old guy who has a shed out by the side of his house. He's pouring the the plastisol, and running it through the process, pulling out the pieces by hand, one by one."

In Sofubi: Soft Vinyl from PechaKucha Night Special @ Autodesk Pop-Up in TokyoDon Kratzer discusses soft vinyl as a medium, and particularly soft vinyl toys made in Japan. Versatile and vibrant, it has been used for generations as a medium for making toys and figurines that is proven to last. With advancements in digital technology, new opportunities are presented to those who design sofubi figures and collectibles.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Friday, January 23rd, 2016. 

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Doing what I do; Playing.

BY ISAAC HOLLIDAY
@ VOL 5 ON FEB 18, 2016

10 year-old, Issac Holliday, Accident's youngest presenter, discusses a wonderful business opportunity in his home of Grantsville, Maryland. All he wants is a toy store. Enjoy his dynamic presentation of what he enjoys, toys and how he hopes to get a toy store to his town.