Aug. 26, 2019 UPDATE

PechaKucha Night Kyoto

PeriodVol. 36: Museums and Communities! 04/09/2019 Vol. 37: Seeds of Sustainability 30/11/2019
PechaKucha Night Kyoto – a night of quirky, idea-filled presentations and drinks
PechaKucha Nights are lively events filled with exciting, non-formal presentations. However, while the presentations may be loose, they must follow one, simple rule; one slide every 20 seconds, for a total of 20 slides in 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Every event follows a singular theme, but the actual contents of the presentations are entirely unrestricted. Some people speak about a hobby of theirs, while others talk about a recent place they visited on holiday. No matter what the theme, the venue is always sure to be filled with the fun and exciting atmosphere brought about by audience and presenter discussions and laughter and applause by the beer wielding crowd. PechaKucha Nights originated in Tokyo back in 2003 as an event for young designers to showcase their latest works. However, the events spread and are now held in over 1,100 cities across the globe. The name PechaKucha refers to the Japanese onomatopoeia for the sounding of “chit-chat.” PechaKucha Nights hope to create new opportunities for creativity to flourish as they aim to move people away from passive listening and actively encourage communication between the audience and those on stage. PechaKucha Night Kyoto is held around four times a year. The defining feature of PechaKucha Nights in Japan’s ancient capital is the unique venue choices, such as shrines, and presentations by artisans continuing long-held Japanese traditions. Also, PechaKucha Nights often collaborate with other groups and companies, and the September 4th, 2019 event is planned to be held in collaboration with ICOM, the International Council of Museums. The event will be held around the theme of “Museums and Communities!” and will feature English presentations by four overseas ICOM speakers and three local speakers from Kyoto. If you’re at all interested in the ideas of people in Kyoto or the ancient city’s unique sensibilities and world view, why not come and check out a PechaKucha Night?
Watch and Listen to Presentations
Watch and Listen to Presentations
From office workers to students, designers to dancers, each PechaKucha Night features presentations by ten unique, creative individuals. Each presenter uses their time on stage to passionately speak and present about their different ideas, visions, and stories, each in their own unique ways. For example, at PechaKucha Night Kyoto Vol.33: Talent on February 2nd, 2019, a dancer used the medium during their presentation to convey a form of self-expression, while an associate professor from a university of arts spoke about how to spot talent. Bookings are not needed, and you can check the themes of upcoming nights on the PechaKucha Night Kyoto Facebook page.
Chatting Over Beer
Chatting Over Beer
In Kyoto, PechaKucha Nights are primarily held at the bar/event space UrBANGUILD. At UrBANGUILD you can nurse your favorite drink while listening to presentations, or strike up a conversation with the people around you. If you happen to catch a presentation that particularly struck a chord with you, why not let the presenter know if you see them around? *Depending on the specific theme and contents of the event, the venue may be subject to change. For information regarding venues, please check the PechaKucha Night Kyoto Facebook page.
Try Your Hand at Presenting
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Try Your Hand at Presenting
Anyone can present at a PechaKucha Nights, and speakers are announced prior to each night. Applications for the ten presenters are taken through the event’s Facebook page. As long as you have something you can passionately talk about, then the contents of your presentation is free game. There’s no need to make any complicated materials either. Your slides could even just be 20 different pictures in a row. If you want to experience the reception of the crowd and enjoy a fun post-presentation Q&A, then why not go ahead and apply to be a presenter yourself?
Manner & Tips
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Some people speak about their personal hobbies and roots, while others talk about specialist information and interesting, novel ideas.

PechaKucha Nights are an opportunity to experience the unique world view of a melting pot of people, so leave your preconceptions at the door and sit back, relax, and enjoy the presentations.

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Listening to people of all different occupations with all different points of view was truly exhilarating. The PechaKucha Night that I attended featured an incredibly interesting presentation by a traditional Japanese bamboo shoot Kaiseki chef. He spoke about how the deliciousness of Kyoto bamboo shoots lie within the specific fact that we usually don’t eat the root of the plant, and about the different characteristics of the tools used to dig up the shoots. Having presenters who belong to traditional Kyoto professions speak about their work and impart everyday useful knowledge is one of the greatest aspects of PechaKucha Night Kyoto! I highly recommend this event for anyone who wants to get a look inside the head of local Kyotoites.
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I have attended several PechaKucha Nights now, but they never fail to introduce me to entirely new worlds. Whether it be architecture or graphic design, many of the speakers are creatives active in a sea of different fields, and it makes the nights incredibly exciting and motivating. Also, the nights are held in both English and Japanese, so there are no hard to get over language barriers to worry about. PechaKucha Nights are also attended by the friendliest people, so there’s no need to feel intimidated about anything either!
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PechaKucha Night Kyoto
Phone Inquiries are taken through Facebook messenger
Address UrBANGUILD *The 04/09/2019 event will be held at Rekisaikan (4 Minutes’ walk from the “Kitayama” Subway Station) Eng: 3F New Kyoto Building, Sanjo-sagaru, Kiyamachi-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi Jpn: 京都市中京区材木町181-2 ニュー京都ビル3F *If there are already too many attendees inside, you may not be able to enter.
Directions 3 Minutes’ walk from the Keihan “Sanjo Station” 6 Minutes’ walk from the Hankyu “Kawaramachi Station” 2 Minutes’ walk from the “Kawaramachi Sanjo” bus stop
Event time Held 4 to 5 times a year
Cancellations Please refer to the Facebook page
Notes Vol. 36: Museums and Communities! 04/09/2019 (Wed) Time: 19:00-20:00 (Drinks/food:18:00-19:00) Fee: 1,000 yen (includes food/drinks) Venue: Rekisaikan – 4 Minutes’ walk from the “Kitayama” subway station.
Price range
¥1500(Includes 1 drink)
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Presentations are half in English and half in Japanese.
Information English
Lanuages spoken English
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