TOKYO Posts

This week is very special for PKN Tokyo as we are hosting our 4th annual PechaKucha PowWow! We will be holding a special PechaKucha Night event highlighting fellow PK organizers from every corner of the world - from Bangkok to Townsville! Keep an eye out for these creative presentations following PowWow for a worldwide tour - PechaKucha style. 


With PechaKucha PowWow 2018 just around the corner, there is one particular person that must be recognized. For her crucial organizing efforts and her unwavering positivity we put this week’s special PechaKucha People spotlight on one of PK HQ’s original members (back by popular demand!), Tomoko Kagawa. It is her natural perseverance and optimistic personality that makes her an irreplaceable part to our team and a key to the success of our Global Organization. From the entire HQ, thank you for your endless hard work and awesomeness, Tomoko!  


This week's PechaKucha People spotlight lands on origami child prodigy, Hinata Nakamura. Having presented at PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 154, Hinata Nakamura wowed the crowd with his impressive origami skills and charming personality. Not only was Hinata an inspiration to the creative community in Tokyo, but he was also a perfect example of how the PechaKucha 20x20 format can be successfully utilized by anyone, regardless of age or profession. We are proud to have hosted young Hinata and hope that we can continue to share creative ideas from young minds across the globe! 

"Being able to just close your eyes and listen to the wind and the leaves blow... it really changes it completely for me and made my life a lot better."

In A Freelancer's Journey in Kyoto from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 152, Sagar Patel shares his captivating journey as a foreigner in Japan and how he overcame life's struggles to become a successful freelancer in Kyoto while traveling the world and exploring nature.



Welcome to the New Year and welcome our newest AllStar at PechaKucha HQ in Tokyo, Cristina Marie Deane. While completing her degree at Temple University Japan, Cristina complimented her studies with an internship at PKN Tokyo, (photographed her on her first day!) Proving her invaluable worth in helping us feature all YOUR amazing 20x20 presentations 1 year later, not to mention adding a particularly bubbly air to the office, we just couldn't bear the thought of losing her. Sooo, now that she has graduated, we got her! Congrats on your graduation Cristina, and welcome to the PechaKucha HQ team!

"The people that I love the most are the hatarakimono..because they are the people who provide for this amazing Japan."

In HATARAKIMONO PROJECT from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 153, KNARF showcases his tape-o-graphic portrait documentary about the busy bees of Japan. Manually processing his work with packing tape (+ anything from hardware or office supply stores), KNARF applies the principles of “BRICOLAGE” to photography, a contemporary Art movement born in NYC in the early 2000’s. His works adopt a “READY MADE”, “ARTE POVERA”, “D.I.Y.” aesthetic that straddles between a recent analogue past and an extreme technological present.

 

 

"Who knew Santas cleaning windows was a thing?!"

In Sublime and Ridiculous Record Breakers from PechaKucha Night Vol. 153Mark Dytham, architect by day and PechaKucha founder by night, is on the bill this month, making his annual Christmas 20x20 presentation. Big and small, weird and wonderful, Mark will share his collection of sublime and ridiculous record breakers.

昼は建築家として、夜はPechaKuchaの創設者としての顔をもつMark Dytham. 今年もクリスマス恒例の20x20プレゼンテーションをお届けします。今回は様々な素晴らしくもおかしな新記録達成者たちについて紹介します。

 

"There are not so many brands that can actually do this..."

In Branding Christmas from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 120, industrial designer Juho Viitasalo took to the stage for a holiday branding exercise, examining just how far the branding of Christmas and Santa Claus has managed to propel these two things to worldwide popularity.

The Cardboard Artist

 

"When you start to open up these household items that you kind of forget about, suddenly, you find these really cool parts you can recycle."

In The Cardboard Artist from PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 150,  Director, writer, production designer, props-maker, set builder, modelmaker, and VFX artist Calder Greenwood talks about his unique art pieces made mostly from recycled materials.

Calder lives in downtown Los Angeles with his guard dog, A1334462.

ディレクター、ライター、プロダクションデザイナー、小道具メーカー、セットメーカー、モデルメーカー、VFXアーティストと多数の肩書きを持つCalder Greenwoodさんは、主にリサイクル材料で作られた多くの作品に囲まれながら、番犬A1334462と一緒にロサンゼルスのダウンタウンで暮らしています。リサイクルと芸術の生涯にわたる融合を体験しに、ぜひPKNに遊びにきてください!

As our Japan Huddle 2017 organizer meetup has come to a close, there is one person in particular that has not only contributed to its seamless organization and execution but has consistently supported the successful curation of PechaKucha events in Tokyo. This very special PechaKucha People spotlight lands on PechaKucha HQ's very own curative coordinator, Mariko Yokogi. With Mariko's diligence in keeping our humble headquarters running smoothly, she has become an invaluable part of our team and an important member of both the Japanese and Global PechaKucha community. From everyone at HQ, thank you for everything you do, Mariko!

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