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Feb 19, 2015

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Found Object Translation

BY YOTA KAKUDA
@ VOL 97 ON NOV 28, 2012

Yota Kakuda (YOTA KAKUDA DESIGN) talks about how he takes second hand objects, which he finds at flea markets, and makes something new with them. (in Japanese with English subtitles)

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Mt. Fuji Takes a Bath

BY SHINOBU MACHIDA
@ VOL 110 ON JAN 22, 2014

Shinobu Machida's beautiful landscape murals are truly a sight to see, and if you visit a public bath in Japan you just might see one of his works. Here Machida-san goes over the culture found in public baths, the interior scenery, and shows off a bit of his work. (in Japanese)

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Japanese Cinema through the Eyes of Europe

BY HIROMI AIHARA
@ JAPANESE ART OR ART IN JAPAN? ON FEB 19, 2015

Hiromi Aihara and Yuri Kubota talk about how Japanese movies are appreciated in Europe. They also speak about the many European movie Awards given to the films in Japan. Yuri Kubota then explores the development of future Japanese animated films.

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Debunking Kyoto's Myths

BY ERIC LUONG
@ VOL 123 ON MAR 20, 2015

"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. 123, Eric 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.

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Internet Yami Ichi!

BY CHRIS ROMERO
@ VOL 3 ON FEB 20, 2015

Chris Romero and Eri Takane are bringing the Internet Yamiichi from Japan here to Brooklyn! They take us on a historical journey of this internet black market, where you will find internet-based goods in real life! 

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A Grave Story

BY BOB CLAYTON
@ VOL 8 ON JUN 04, 2015

In this presentation  'A Grave Story', Bob Clayton will tell us how a chance encounter at Goold Island led to rediscovery of a little history.

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Into the Afterlife with Style

BY SHINOBU MACHIDA
@ VOL 132 ON JAN 27, 2016

最近見かける機会が減ってきた、 日本の豪華絢爛な霊柩車とその背景。 極楽浄土への入り口とは?を豊かな知識で町田忍さんが語ります!

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Urban[e] Objects

BY WOODBURY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
@ VOL 136 ON JUN 02, 2016

A cohort of Architecture Students from Woodbury University elected Tokyo to conduce fieldwork studies by the theme  Urban[e] Objects. The research proposes new residential strategies through the translation of objects that can exist simultaneously in multiple scales: as a tea-cup or as an urban building. Their research deploys the use of isometric drawings and urban transects and inspiration derived by traditional Japanese drawing techniques to investigate questions of authenticity, translation of vernacular making methods, and interiority and apply them to contemporary challenges of shelter.

 

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RYOKAN in Tokyo

BY YOSHINORI BABA
@ VOL 144 ON FEB 22, 2017

2016年に東京大手町に開業した話題の日本旅館「星のや東京」。 なぜ東京の超都心に旅館を作ったのか、どうやって旅館らしさを表現したのかを、プロジェクトを手掛けた星野リゾートの馬場義徳さんが存分に語ってくださいます。

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Japan and the Temporal Craftsmen

BY NICHOLAS COFFEE
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 09, 2017

Nicholas Coffee takes us through history of temporal craftsmen with examples of temples and shrines across Japan. His study was made possible by the Georgia Trust Foundation.

Nicholas is a LEED AP Architectural Designer at FXFOWLE working on a range of projects in NYC from urban design to interior design. Previously he worked at Bjarke Ingels Group on a variety of projects including the Hot to Cold exhibition and publication. He holds a Masters of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelors of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder (his hometown.)

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A New Kind of Japanese Sweets

We're going to try something new starting today, and instead of adding a few presentations at a time on the site -- like we did the other day -- we're going to be sharing a new one every day, which we'll also highlight here on the blog. Today we take a look at one of our favorite presentations from last week's PechaKucha Night in Tokyo Vol. 83, in which the design duo of Kichiko offer fun new takes on okashi (Japanese sweets) -- the latter part of the presentation offers a realistic take on existing snacks.

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Arquikids: Japanese vs. Catalan Architecture

Here's another presentation recorded at Barcelona's Inspire Japan event back in April, covering a project that compares Japanese architecture to Catalan architecture through the eyes of children. It was presented in Spanish by Solange Espoille.

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Ippo x 365 - Reflections on the Japanese Front

For last year's Inspire Japan event, Motoko Shoboji stepped up and put together a special PechaKucha event in New York to help raise awareness and to contribute to the global fundraiser. This year, to mark the upcoming anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan (on Sunday, March 11), he is organizing a follow-up event, "Ippo x 365 - Reflections on the Japanese Front," that will take place tomorrow (Saturday, March 10). We've included details in this post, and there's more in this post on the Spoon & Tamago blog -- Spoon & Tamago's Johnny Strategy will be MCing the event, as well as presenting. Please join us for “Ippo x 365 – Reflections on the Japanese Front” Visual presentations of their effort in Japan by designers from NYC Saturday, March 10, 2012 (the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Japan) 6:30 PM Doors open 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Presentation Hosted by Bisazza Flagship at 43 Greene Street New York Organized by archiPicnic $10 suggested donation to Architecture for Humanity Light refreshments will be served It will be broadcasted online: www.ustream.tv/user/archiPicnic RSVP: archipicnic@gmail.com Media RSVP: Motoko Shoboji, shoboji@gmail.com or 310-663-0613 More info: http://archipicnic.blogspot.com/2012/02 On Saturday, March 10 (the one year anniversary of the earthquake in Japan), archiPicnic will be presenting “Ippo x 365 – Reflections on the Japanese Front”. This event will feature visual presentations by designers / architects who have been involved in the first year of recovery effort on the frontlines in Japan. This event will be a response to the “Global PechaKucha Night- Inspire Japan” event that archiPicnic successfully hosted last year. What has happened since then? Where are we now? In the first year of Japan's recovery, how have designers and architects been able to address the massive damage in the cities, villages and buildings? Each day has been a step towards recovery and rebuilding--what were these 365 steps like in Japan? Become inspired!

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A Japanese Micro Brewery and a Closer Look at the Brain

Presentations As any true beer connoisseur will tell you, all beers are not created equal. In this presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 94), Shiro Yamada talks about the micro brewery he helped create to make a better beer (Nippon Craft Beer Inc.) and the "KAGUA" scented ale he's been producing. This presentation (in French, from PKN Lausanne Vol. 8) gets rather "heady," as Pierre Magistretti takes everyone on a detailed tour of the brain, and other aspects of newrobiology (the study of the nervous system). Posters New on the Tumblr blog today is the poster you see above, for the upcoming PKN Nagoya Vol. 12. The event will be held on August 24 at Montage Lounge.  httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QniQ5qxaubQ Videos Dnipropetrovsk's PKN Vol. 2 was yesterday (or is possibly still happening as we write this), and organizer Volodymyr Nedogoda has shared the video you see above, to give us an idea of what the city's Vol. 1 -- held back in May -- was like.  Calendar There are two events on tap for today (August 1): PKN Glasgow Vol. 9 and PKN Azores Vol. 3. Tomorrow gets a bit busier, with the following three events: PKN Winter Harbor Vol. 6, PKN Springfield, IL Vol. 8, and PKN Victoria Vol. 10. 

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Real Japanese Gardens

Jenny Schröder had a comfortable life working for a global IT firm in London, but cast it all to the wind after a brief trip to Japan. In today's issue of Presentation of the Day (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 97) Jenny tells us how she journeyed to Saitama (the prefecture along Tokyo's northern border) to study the art of garden design, and fell into a well of knowledge deeper than she had expected. Schröder came to understand the design elements -- the balance of moss, rock, sand; the way Japanese architecture served as a frame for the garden space. She discovered the cultural/historical elements as well: the practice of Sadō (ritual tea-making and imbibing) is often performed with a garden as foreground or background, and Kamakura/Muromachi Era garden designer and Rinzai Zen Monk Musō Soseki's environments can be experienced throughout Japan to this day.  She's compiled much of her knowledge on her website (JapaneseGardens.jp) and continues to update regularly. If you've ever longed to breathe in the smell of greenery and tea whilst gazing upon the juxtaposition of nature, Schröder's database is a great place to begin. 

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Japanese onomatopoeia in Maastricht

By Sueli Brodin I still can’t believe how wrong I got it when I first heard about Pecha Kucha Night in Maastricht.I remember seeing the name Pecha Kucha printed in a headline in the local paper Dagblad De Limburger earlier this year but strangely enough – it does sound quite exotic and should have appealed to my curious nature- , it didn’t catch my attention.In fact it is even possible that I thought that the name “Pecha Kucha” somehow was connected to the local dialect of Maastricht, and with the Carnival season soon approaching, it didn’t seem uncharacteristic to read and hear more dialect expressions in the media.I confess that I didn’t dwell on the article, erroneously assuming that it described just another cultural event targeting a Dutch audience and probably inaccessible to the international community, because of the language barrier.To my shame, I didn’t immediately recognize the word “Pecha Kucha” as being one of the onomatopoeia frequently used in Japanese. “Pecha kucha” imitates the sound of a quick conversation or “chit chat”, as in “talking pecha kucha”. Phonetically, it resembles another Japanese onomatopoeia, “mecha kucha” (used as an adverb and meaning “really very, disorderly, amusingly”) which I’m very familiar with, for often having jokingly resorted to it as a child in Japan to describe my complicated family origins.When Japanese people would enquire about my nationality, instead of saying that I was French: “Furansu-jin” or Brazilian: “Burajiru-jin”, I would quip back: “Mecha kucha-jin” and make them burst out laughing. The word “mecha kucha” relativised the notion of country of origin, playing up rather on the boisterous energy that stems from the mixture of cultural backgrounds.It is only when I stumbled upon a reader’s letter in the same newspaper a few months later, commenting on the fact that hardly any English-speaking expat in the entire Maastricht Region had attended the first two editions of Pecha Kucha Night, that my curiosity was aroused. The letter was written by Jean-Paul Toonen, who as I later found out was one of the three entrepreneurs who had brought the Pecha Kucha initiative to Maastricht.The Pecha Kucha concept, Mr Toonen explained in an interview for Crossroads, was devised in 2003 by two Tokyo-based European architects, Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham, to offer a dynamic platform for creative people to share their ideas in a snappy format (20 images per presentation, 20 seconds per image, or a total time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds per performance). He said that Pecha Kucha Nights are a world wide phenomenon, present in almost 250 cities around the globe, and the powerful innovation added by the Maastricht team has been to record each presentation and make it available online.It certainly sounded very intriguing and together with a few friends, I decided to get my own taste of Pecha Kucha Night in Maastricht last June.In all the years that I’ve lived here, I hadn’t realised that there was so much creative talent in the region, because I had grown used to seeing artists from elsewhere come and perform in Maastricht. This time, it was precisely the opposite: the best regional talents seemed to have gathered at Pecha Kucha Night to present their original and creative projects not only to the audience in the room but, through the video recordings, to the rest of the world.I enjoyed the quality and variety of the performances, the vibrant atmosphere of the evening, the strong sense of connection between artists and spectators... and because of my own Japanese origins, I couldn’t help getting a kick every time I heard everyone uttering the word Pecha Kucha that evening in Maastricht and integrating it into the city landscape.In the meantime, my sister, who works in Paris as a Japanese-French interpreter, has told me more about the expression “mecha kucha” in Japanese.She mentioned that onomatopeia in general and « mecha » in particular are very popular in the Kansai region of Japan, especially around the trading city of Osaka, which abounds in markets and bazaars. There, she said, the word « mecha » takes on a very positive connotation, in the sense of «good, out of the ordinary».So let’s talk Pecha Kucha, and bring Maastricht in mecha kucha mood!The next Pecha Kucha Night Maastricht is on October 20th, 2009 at the AINSI cultural centre.See you there.

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From Japanese Graffiti to Drain Spotting

In today's "Presentation of the Day, Remo Camerota takes us through his brilliant book on Japanese graffiti, and on to his follow-up release (which wasn't out at the time this presentation was done) on Japanese manhole covers, titled Drain Spotting. Remo currently has a Kickstarter campaign for a new project.

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7 Design Lessons from Japanese Gardens

After 3 years of working in and experiencing Japanese gardens, Jenny Feuerpeil of Real Japanese Gardens (at PKN Tokyo Vol. 103) goes over the design and life lessons she has taken in from these affecting natural spaces. Jenny gives several real-life examples of theories such as spacing, rhythm, and repetition at work in the creation of Japanese gardens. 

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A Swiss and Japanese Friendship

"It's hard to summarise the more than 240 events that took place celebrating the 150 years of friendship between Switzerland and Japan...but let's start right here at PechaKucha."In A Swiss and Japanese Friendship from Tokyo Vol. 121, Head of Culture and Public Affairs at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo, Miguel Perez-La Plante speaks on the numerous events that were put together to celebrate Switzerland and Japan's shared traditions in art, design, architechture, literature, music, theatre, food as well as humanitariansm.  This presenation originally was featured to commemorate the series of cultural events mentioned within that took place earlier in 2015. PechaKucha spotlights it again for our second collaboration with the Swiss Embassy later this week, together bringing a special instalment of PKN to Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015, Powered by PechaKucha. For more details, visit here! 

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A Swiss and Japanese Friendship

"It's hard to summarise the more than 240 events that took place celebrating the 150 years of friendship between Switzerland and Japan...but let's start right here at PechaKucha."In A Swiss and Japanese Friendship from Tokyo Vol. 121, Head of Culture and Public Affairs at the Embassy of Switzerland in Tokyo, Miguel Perez-La Plante speaks on the numerous events that were put together to celebrate Switzerland and Japan's shared traditions in art, design, architecture, literature, music, theatre, food as well as humanitarianism. This presentation originally was featured to commemorate the series of cultural events mentioned within that took place earlier in 2015. PechaKucha spotlights it again for our second collaboration with the Swiss Embassy later this week, together bringing a special instalment of PKN to Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015, Powered by PechaKucha. For more details, visit here!