PauseTalk is a regular series of events that takes place at Cafe Pause in Tokyo (2-14-12-1F Minami-Ikebukuro, 03-5950-6117) usually on the first Monday of every month, with a start time of 20:00. The idea is to create a forum where Tokyo-based creatives (or anyone passing through) can get together and discuss their own projects, as well as cultural currents of the city. The next edition will be held on September 1.

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PauseTalk Vol. 81

It was a really nice and intimate PauseTalk last week, and I’d like to thank everyone who braved the rain and made it out to this first edition in a couple of months. As is always the case, a small group makes for a more free flowing discussion that involves everyone, which is quite enjoyable. And although we usually jump through various topics, for some reason we stuck to the topic of movies, theatres, and the experience of watching, which was interesting. Below is the list of participants, and PauseTalk Vol. 82 will take place on October 6.

PauseTalk Vol. 80

I’d like to start by thanking everyone who made it out to this past Monday’s PauseTalk Vol. 80! It was a nice turnout, and we managed to cover all sorts of topics, from drawing for life to growing up digital. Big thanks also to Michael Holmes for sharing some snaps he took — here’s a Facebook gallery.

Below, the list of participants (those who filled out the attendance sheet), and please note that there will be no event in August, and so PauseTalk Vol. 81 will take place on September 1.


Lordy, lordy, look who’s… 80.

The next edition of PauseTalk is just under a week away (happening on Monday, July 7), and not only is it the Vol. 80, but it also marks the 8th anniversary of the series.

(Well, last month would have been the true anniversary, since I started it in June, but you know, close enough.)

You never think that something will have a long life until you get there, to that point where, well, it’s fucking old. 80 events over a span of 8 years is a lot, and although there have of course been some sessions that were better than others, the thing I’m most proud of is the fact that I’ve been doing this consistently for such a long period of time. Also, I’ve met a ton of interesting people during that time, making connections that certainly would have never happened if it weren’t for PauseTalk.

So thank you, PauseTalk, for being in my life all this time.

As I mentioned, PauseTalk Vol. 80 will be held on Monday, July 7, and that’s of course going to take place at Cafe Pause in Ikebukuro. Since there will be no event in August (due to the holidays), this will be the last edition of the summer.

PauseTalk Vol. 79

It was a very nice PauseTalk indeed this past Monday, with a big and diverse group of participants that helped guide discussions that went from Duncan’s eccentric pop-up shop experiments to examining how the W3C is dealing with the maturation of the web. Below is the list of participants (those who signed the attendance sheet), and please note that PauseTalk Vol. 80 will be held on July 7, and it will be the last edition of the summer (the next event after that will be in September). Big thanks to Jared for the photo above (there are 2 more in this Facebook gallery).

Participants from Pausetalk Vol. 77 and 78

It’s time to catch up a bit with the list of participants from the two most recent PauseTalk events — the list for March’s Vol. 77 was never shared because of the issues the site encountered. 

Let’s start then with the list of those who attended April’s Vol. 78, which was held on the 28th, to bridge both April and May. It was a very intimate session, but as is usually the case when we have a small group, it made for a great night with everyone coming together and participating.

And here is the list of participants (at least those who signed the attendance sheet) for PauseTalk Vol. 77, which was held on March 3.

  • Andrew Joyce (Illustrator)
  • Daryl Cole (Game Developer)
  • Gabrielle Ewart (Aspiring Screenwriter)
  • Jean Snow (PauseTalker)
  • Jori Hellstedt (Library Assistant)
  • Junko Sugiyama (Office Administrator)
  • Kanji Fukuta (3D Artist)
  • Ken Niimura (Comic Artist)
  • Kevin McCormack (Teacher)
  • Laura Loukola (Graphic Designer/Illustrator)
  • Matt Perron (Software Engineer)
  • Yuh Morimoto (Lab Scientist)
  • Yukari Yamahiro (Architect/Interior Designer)

And please note that the next PauseTalk, Vol. 79, will be held on Monday, June 2 (here’s the Facebook event page).

PauseTalk Vol. 78 on April 28

So yes, PauseTalk is back on its domain now.

I’m still unsure if I’ll be able to incorporate the old posts (which would be a shame, since that includes all of the participants lists), but I’ll see what I can do when I have more time to devote to the issue (in short, my previous ISP suddenly shutdown, and I was not alerted).

I do want to make sure that everyone knows that the next PauseTalk is just a week away, set for Monday, April 28 at Cafe Pause. It’s not on the first Monday of the month, since the first week of May is the Golden Week holiday, and I wanted to avoid having an event during that time (since many people are away). Also, since I had to skip the regular April edition, I think it acts as a good bridge. 

The next PauseTalk after that (Vol. 79) should be back at its regular slot of the first Monday of June (on the 2nd).