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PechaKucha PowWow 2018

APRIL 12-15, 2018

Road to 2020

See you in Tokyo

15 years ago, the first PechaKucha Night was held at a lovely event space called SuperDeluxe in Roppongi, Tokyo. Just about 5 or so years thereafter, PechaKucha Nights began to be held in cities all around the world by influential creative lightning rods like yourself. PechaKucha went out into the world, it thrived, it cultivated creativity far and wide.

And now, for the fourth year running, we invite those who continue to help make the global PechaKucha community truly special to return home, to heart of Tokyo -- PechaKucha's birthplace.

The purpose of PechaKucha PowWow is to further grow our global family connection by coming together to discuss where we've been, where we are, where we're going -- and have a ton of fun while we're doing it!


Here's the Plan


You can download the whole program right here

Thursday, April 12

Welcome Drinks! 20:00 - 22:00 (Optional) - Legato Sky Lounge in Shibuya!

Legato Address: E Space Tower 15F 3-6, Maruyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/5ZCff7RarVS2

Friday, April 13

DAY ONE - At SuperDeluxe 

3 Chome-1-25 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 106-0031

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/K616yAeCpxR2

Wifi : sdlxguest / Password: tokyoale

9.00 - 10.00 - COFFEE AND SNACKS

10.00 - 10.30 - Mark and Astrid introducing Pow Wow

10.30 - 11.30 - PKN Cities: self-introduction - You'll need to bring 3 slides

11.30 - 11.45 - BREAK

11.45 - 12.15 - Introducing: PechaKucha HQ

12.15 - 14.00 - LUNCH

14.15 - 15.15 - Workshop 1 -  Best Practices

15.15 - 15.30 - BREAK

15.30 - 17.00 - Workshop 2 - Your questions answered

17.00 - 19.00 - BREAK

19.00 —> PechaKucha Night Tokyo Vol. 156 - Pow Wow Special

Saturday, April 14


3 Chome-27-1 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0002

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/6VrqHXvh7982

Wifi : 100banch-guest / (no password)

11.00 - 12.30 - The Way Forward

12.30 - 13.30 - LUNCH

14.00 - 15.30 - Workshop 3 - Creative Games

15.30 - 16.00 - BREAK

16.00 - 17.00 - Wrap up Session

17.00 - 19.00 - Breather

19.00 —> PowWow's BIG Night Out

Sunday, April 15

RECOVERY Picnic - At Shinjuku Gyoen

11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0014

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/1boEUK8YGey

After an action packed weekend, we'll have a leisurely picnic in Shinjuku's scenic gardens.

Let's chill and cheers to a great weekend! 



T-MINUS! The Countdown to PowWow!

Pro tips, local favorites, and unforgettable experiences, recommended by PechaKucha HQ to make the most of your time in Tokyo!

T-8 Days

Tokyo is made up of many centres like Shinjuku, Shibuya, Shinagawa, Shimbashi, Ginza... but at it's heart physically and symbolically is the Imperial Palace. Although still home to the Imperial Family it is possible to book a visit - which you need to do at least 4 days before your intended visit over at


T-9 Days

Nothing quite beats having your own set of wheels. This city's sprawling 13,500 km² (5,200 mi²), it's relatively bike-able, and a great way to explore. This rental shop provide their excellent handmade cycles, as well as recommended tours.


Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku's (slightly) red-light district Kabukicho is an unforgettable night (or afternoon) of fun! It's a remarkable performance that truly delivers an "only in Japan" experience - BUT the term "restaurant" is a bit of a stretch (Bento boxes, cheap snacks, and can drinks.) Early shows are a bit more family-friendly, getting a bit more risqué as the night progresses.


"Advanced community and amenity space where traditional beauty, nature, and man co-exist. Welcome to Gajoen."

Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is a sort of museum hotel open to the public. Built in 1931 as an oasis getaway for city dwellers still recovering from the Great Kanto Earthquake, this little-known gem is well worth a visit. A fairyland of ornamentation, it's been affectionately called a "Palace of the Dragon King of the Showa Era". It hosts popular concerts, dinner shows, and cooking seminars, and PechaKucha Founder Astrid Klein mentioned it's current exhibition is exquisite.


21-21 Design Sight is a beautiful design museum in the heart of the city, established by Japanese Fashion Icon, Issey Miyake, its inspiring premises designed by famed architect Tadao Ando. The exhibitions are always amazing - great for all ages - and the current one is especially good - and a photographer's favorite - "New Planet Photo City - William Klein and Photographers Living in the 22nd Century"! Talk about HOT!!! The museum is located on the grounds of the cool Mid Town shopping district. Not to be missed!!!


T-13 Days

The same people who brought us PechaKucha also brought us "the best toilet in Japan". Gallery TOTO is a public toilet inside Narita Airport, that also functions as a showroom for Japanese famed bathroom brand TOTO, all designed by Klein Dytham architecture.


Tokyo may be a sprawling technological metropolis, but free public Wi-Fi is somewhat limited. Both Narita and Haneda airports have shops where you can rent a portable Wi-Fi device or SIM card for an unlocked phone. Free Wi-Fi at some trains stations, cafes, convenient stores, and most Starbucks. Many Airbnb apartments will provide a pocket Wi-Fi. 7-11 has Free Wi-Fi and Free international ATM withdrawals.


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T-16 Days

Get out of Tokyo for a deeper taste of Japan. Amazing trips can be made in all directions! Pro Tip: If you make it to Shonan Beach, Conde Nast Travel recommends a visit to T-Site, a "contemporary architect-designed mall is a shopper's dream" designed by none other than PechaKucha founder's, Klein Dytham architecture.



T-16 Days

If there is one Japanese garden you should visit while you are here THIS IS IT - the Nezu Museum Garden - only a 5 minutes walk from Omotesando crossing. The museum building is by Kengo Kuma - but it is the garden which is the real attraction! 


Tokyo has the world's most extensive urban rail network with 158 lines, 48 operators, 4,714.5 km of track, 2,210 stations, and 40 million people taking the train DAILY!!! Clean, safe, and reasonably user-friendly, cracking its code is half the fun! You can easily navigate the system via google maps. But for more fun, check this out


T-18 Days

One central spot not to miss while you are here is Meiji Jingu Shrine. Just a short walk from all the hustle and bustle of Harajuku, it is an incredible green oasis in the middle of Tokyo and incredible traditional architecture. If you only have time to visit one temple while you are here, THIS IS IT!


T-19 Days

We don't want to overload you, as Tokyo can be overwhelming enough at is, but also want you to hit the ground running.

Here are another 2 quick media publications that might worth peeking at, upon or prior to arrival. One is Metropolis Magazine, and another is TimeOut Tokyo. Both are well-known English publications in Tokyo, updated daily with lots to see and do in "The Big Mikan". They're both handy resources but also tend only to skim the surface of all the city has to offer. So do check them out, but also be encouraged to dig a little deeper for some offbeat and hidden treasures that can be found all over. 


T-20 Days

For the art lovers among you, hope you're planning some free time to explore some of Tokyo's world-class museums and premier galleries. The hands-down best way to be in-the-know about what's up-and-coming and exhibiting year-round is bookmarking TAB - Tokyo Art Beat - the comprehensive cultural guide that keeps residents, visitors and the world informed about Tokyo's art scene.


T-21 Days


Here in Tokyo, we're still buzzing from last night's birthday bash for PechaKucha founder Astrid Klein with an unforgettable performance by Japanese all-girl surf rock band (of Kill Bill fame) The 5,6,7,8's. That's just how we roll ;-)

Another special friend of PechaKucha who shares 3.22 birthday - The Japan Times - our largest and oldest English-language daily newspaper. Check it out!


Tokyo is truly best enjoyed lost on a uniquely personal path. You're probably more likely to stumble upon an unforgettably little-known treasure, than you are to enjoy one recommend by us. Friend of PechaKucha, Charles Spreckley offers a beautifully nuanced gateway to Tokyo's endlessly uncharted neighborhoods in all their charm in his book/app combo "People Make Places". Check it out and be inspired to make Tokyo uniquely your own! 



T-23 Days

Tokyo is thought of as an expensive city, and while it can be (and while I wholeheartedly encourage you to splurge and treat yourself while you're here), it can actually be surprisingly affordable. Some friends of PechaKucha have mapped some of the most cost-effective ways to enjoy our city! Check their page and their PechaKucha presentation!


Spring is officially here, as are Japan's famous Cherry Blossoms. Coinciding our PowWow with their bloom is always a bit of tricky - this year's unseasonably warm forecast has brought the blossoms earlier than expected to Tokyo. While we'll only likely catch some late bloomers here in the city, you'll be able to catch some peak blossoming after PowWow with a journey to Japan's scenic northern prefectures via Bullet Train! Start planning!


Common questions

Where in Tokyo should I stay?

We recommend booking a place to stay in the areas around the Ebisu, Meguro, or Shibuya stations. These stations are all along the JR Yamanote train line, making it quick and easy for you to get to any part of Tokyo. We will spend some time in Roppongi so this might be another area to consider. We'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. Send us a mail at powwow@pechakucha.org. 

If you're looking for a service to use, we can't recommend Airbnb enough!

Check out the Tokyo train map for some inspiration. 

What should I do about internet in Tokyo?

Tokyo may be a sprawling technological metropolis, but free public Wi-Fi is somewhat limited (but rapidly improving leading up to 2020). Both Narita and Haneda airports have free service as well as shops where you can It's possible to rent a portable Wi-Fi device or SIM card for an unlocked phone. There is free Wi-Fi at most trains stations, and at a variety of cafes, convenient stores, and most Starbucks. Many Airbnb apartments will provide a pocket Wi-Fi at no extra cost so do check the facilities provided. 

Pro-Tip: Visit 7-11 for both easy access Free Wi-Fi and Free international ATM withdrawals.

What will the weather be like in Tokyo in April?

Though Spring will be kicking off in Tokyo, the weather will still be a bit chilly: the average low temperature in April is 7C (44F) and average high is 15C (59F) - and there is always the possibility that it might rain. Make sure you bring layers, maybe an umbrella and perhaps bring a down jacket with you to keep you warm! Don't worry if you get caught short, there are plenty of Uniqlo stores dotted about to help you out. Check out Accuweather for updates on Tokyo's weather forecast.

What if I get lost, go missing, run off with the Japanese Circus and need to be rescued?

Call Brian - +81-90-5792-7065 / 090-5792-7065
(Japanese Emegerncy Line is 119)