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Pecha Kucha

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Last weekend I have been to the great SuperDeluxe club to attend the evening session of Pecha Kucha University Vol.1, a cooperation between the regular Pecha Kucha Night (organised by Klein Dytham Architecture) and Temple University. It was a very interesting night with so much input that I needed some time to get things in my brain in order to write about it. The overall topic of this first Pecha Kucha University was “Youth and Imaginative Labour: East Asia and Beyond”. There were in the fashion of the Pecha Kucha Night several speakers and every one of them had the time of 20 slides à 20 seconds (6min40sec) to present their idea, paper, research, whatever in connection to that topic. Most talked about various efforts to earn money with the internet, some were representing their favourite niche of youthculture and I didn’t really see the connection to the term “labour” all the time. But who cares, most of the prestentations were quite interesting and some very entertaining – like the one by a guy who was costumed as Goku from Dragonball. He came with a dancing crew of mostly male (!) cosplayers dressed in “moe” style who performed their dance two times – because of the great response from the audience… But there were also informative and rather academic lectures, all held by students from abroad (mostly Korea and HongKong). I wonder why there were no Japanese speakers?! Because the speech had to be hold in English, I guess.. the old problem.
After those presentations followed the screening of the fantastic movie Avalon, introduced by THE guru in the field of Japanese cinema, Donald Richie.
And as if all that wasn’t input enough there was a HipHop afterparty hosted by Zulu Nation Japan, with a Spoken Word performance by Marcellus Nealy and live painting by Rinpa Eshidan. I strongly recommend to have a look at their website – their work is amazing and they are something like “youtube celebrities” with one of their videos been watched more than 2 MILLION times.

As I said, this was Pecha Kucha University, not the regular Pecha Kucha Night, which is about architecture and design. If you are interested in that, going to SuperDeluxe club should be your plan for tonight, when young designers, architects and so on meet there again for another round of Pecha Kucha. And for all those of you who are not in Tokyo: Pecha Kucha Night has spread all over the world and you can attend it in more than 80 cities! All of upcoming events are listed on their website.

Kanji Flashcards

I am a big fan of learning kanji, the writing system that Japanese have adopted and mastered. It is not easy for an ordinary student to suddenly be exposed to some 2000 Japanese kanji, and go through the process of learning them all.

Kanji.jpgI once knew a friend in Tokyo who collected subways tickets, because they had the names of stations that he knew, and the squiggles printed on the tickets were helpful in memorizing the kanji. 目黒 was “eye black”, or Me-guro. Easy to read, but you also need to learn how to write it.

Much better: White Rabbit Press has Kanji Flashcards that you can bring with you anywhere, and keep learning and remembering the kanji. Max Hodges and Tomoko Okazaki have done a great job to include memory aides and diagrams that I find particularly useful. A+++

Graduation

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With the academic year ending in March, now is Graduation time in Japan. I walked passed the Nihon Budokan today and it was packed with celebrating students. They were lining up for photos, throwing each other into the air, making speeches and drinking sake.
They will have a couple of weeks of revelry, including Ohanami, and then those with jobs will start work on April 2nd. Enjoy your freedom while it lasts!

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