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Brian Scott Peterson

Photographer, Global Content Manager, PechaKucha in Tokyo Japan

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.

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Photohoku

BY BRIAN SCOTT PETERSON
@ VOL 101 ON MAR 27, 2013

Photohoku from PechKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 101, photographers Brian Scott Peterson and Yuko Yoshikawa introduce the "Photohoku" project, which involves bringing photographers to the Tohoku region, to help create new photo memories for those who were affected by the 2011 earthquake/tsunami.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 30, 2013.

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Photohoku 2.0

BY BRIAN SCOTT PETERSON
@ VOL 116 ON JUL 30, 2014

“We gave out over 1000 albums and 10,000 portraits. We’ve involved 300 volunteers and 1000+ supporters. ”

In Photohoku 2.0, from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 116, photographers Brian Scott Peterson and Yuko Yoshikawa go into depth on their family photo album re-buidling project, Photohoku. This effort was founded in response to the giant earthquake that shook Japan in 2011 and aims to make new photos of families affected by disaster. It has grown into a global photo-giving, fundraising movement and has spread to the US, the Philippines, Australia, Korea, and many more.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 5, 2014 and on March 19, 2016. 

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Inspired by Nepal, a Langtang Ago

BY BRIAN SCOTT PETERSON
IN TOKYO

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?"

Check out his past presentations about Photohoku:

Photohoku

Photohoku 2.0

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The Best Camera

BY BRIAN SCOTT PETERSON
@ VOL 132 ON JAN 27, 2016

"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.


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From Photohoku to PechaKucha (via Aalen)

BY BRIAN SCOTT PETERSON
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 19, 2016

PechaKucha Global Dude and resident photobum, Brian Scott Peterson come to Aalen, Germany and shares the story of making his was from his old hometown in USA to his adopted home in bright and shining Tokyo. He spotlights a wonderful project he started there in response to the 3.11 earthquake called Photohoku. It's a volunteer effort to make new family photos and rebuild family photos albums for familes affected by distaster. Finally he shares how this project lead him to his newest love, PechaKucha, and how PechaKucha is helping to put the method in it's network of creative communities all over the world!  

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Photohoku to Photomoto

BY YUKO YOSHIKAWA
@ VOL 22 ON FEB 24, 2017

Yuko Yoshikawa shares about taking the photo-giving experieces and successes of her Photohoku initiative to those living in temporary housing thoughout earthquake-stricken Kumamoto. 

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Rakugo - Sit Down Comedy

BY KENTARO YANO
@ VOL 26 ON SEP 02, 2017

Yano Kentaro share's his passion for Rakugo, Japan's traditional style of comedy, and elaborates on what he loves performing it in English.

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Tsugaru Shamisen

BY KOJI HATA
@ VOL 26 ON SEP 02, 2017

Based in Kyoto, Koji Hata plays “Tsugaru shimisen,” a form of music that was born on the road. Although there are fans of this music, did you know this was originally born as a way to survive? The Tohoku region of Japan has the harshest climate in all of Japan, and for those who have poor eyesight, they could no longer work on the farm. As a way to survive, people began traveling around with shamisen in hand performing as a way to get food to survive. From these roots, Tsugaru shamisen has grown into a music loved around the world. I’d like to talk about this.

道端で生まれた音楽『津軽三味線』京都を中心に津軽三味線演奏活動をしている、はたこうじ と申します。
今や世界中に愛好家がいる津軽三味線ですが、元々、生きていく為に生まれた音楽だというのはご存じでしょうか。
かつて東北地方では日本で最も過酷な気候の為、目を悪くしてしまう人も少なくなく、そういった人達の中には農作業もままならないために、三味線を片手に演奏して回る事で、生活の糧を得ようとする者も出てきました。
こういった背景で津軽三味線のルーツが生まれ、世界で愛される音楽に育ちました。
そんなお話をさせていただきます。

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