TOKYO Posts

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.

"She raises her sleeve with the tips of her fingers and hides her face behind it for a second. She smiles at me and delicate little syllables creep from her lips. The enchantment deepens with each passing minute."

After coming across Bernhard Kellermann's "Ein Spaziergang in Japan" in a used bookstore in Heidelberg in early 2013, Robert Blasiak was drawn completely into Kellermann's 100+ year old account of traveling through Japan and visiting teahouses, brothels, theaters, cedar groves and fishing villages along the way. In "A Traveler's Account of Early 20th Century Japan" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 114, he presents Kellermann's journey across Japan as well as his own journey as the translator of the book. 


At next week's PechaKucha Night Vol. 114 (on Wednesday, May 28), researcher and translator Robert Blasiak will share his story of discovering and translating German author Bernhard Kellerman's 1910 account of his travels across Japan. 

研究者であり翻訳家の Robert Blasiakさんは、1910年に出版されたドイツの作家ベルンハルト・ケラーマンの日本の旅行記を読んで発見したことをプレゼンします。

When the atomic bomb hit Hiroshima, people's shadows were permanently scorched in to their surroundings.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Shadows of the Survivors" from a special Tokyo Designers Week edition of PKN Tokyo Vol. 107, graphic designer Rikako Nagashima speaks on her passion project. She and her team contacted 23 survivors and took copies of their shadows. They then placed these shadows around Hiroshima as a memorial and to spread awareness of what happened. On the Peace Shadow project's website we can see where these survivors were, hear their stories, and leave them a personal message.

In today's Presentation of the Day, "Edo Era Ecology" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 72, author and historical researcher Azby Brown shows us what it's like to live in a sustainable city during the Japanese Edo Era.

According to Azby, Japan started to experience environmental degradation after deforesting the majority of their country, but reversed it in just over a generation. Check out his book on the topic, "Just Enough: Lessons in Living Green from Traditional Japan".