Next week is big for Japanese design. There’s TDW (Tokyo Designers Week) and DesignTide Tokyo, pretty much running side-by-side. There’s also a whole bunch of satellite events happening. As usual, we’ll be doing our best to cover the best of the best.

Kicking off our coverage is a very special edition of PechaKucha Night, taking place on October 31 at the TDW DOME (Meiji-Jingu Gaien). Often described as the world’s largest physical social network, the event will present speakers making presentations in signature format – 20 images x 20 seconds. From well-known graphic designer Taku Satoh to a young food creator, a contemporary jewelry designer, a ‘red beans’ artist, and an architect who is drawing a future masterplan for villages in Tohoku, there’s guaranteed to be something for everybody.

It’s still early but you can follow all our coverage of TDW and DesignTide HERE.