5/19 Pechakucha Nara vol.2

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  • Hello. My name is Seiichiro Itoyama.\nI'm undergraduate student living in kyoto. \nToday, I'm going to talk about my life, and share with you, what I've learnt from the looking back at the experiences I’ve had.\n
  • This is a picture of me, from my childhood. As a child, I loved to build / create things, was always proud of the things I built (like in this picture). I had a very outgoing personality. I was also driven by curiosity.\n
  • I also loved to learn about things I didn’t know. I would open things up, and see for myself how things worked, and no matter how hard the concept was, I would have the patience to learn, and wasn’t afraid of failure.\n
  • When I was about 5-6 years old, I moved to America and the culture of encouraging failure, standing out, just came so naturally to me. Everything was just perfect. After living in America for 4.5 years, I came back to Japan.\n\n
  • When I came back, I was about 10 - 11 years old, I was in the 5th grade of elementary school\nTo be honest, I couldn't fit in to the Japanese education system, or in other words, the Japanese society itself.\n\n
  • For example, whenever I would stand out in class, I was offended, or ignored. I also remember being yelled at for making a mistake for something I didn't know. The notion "the nail which sticks out gets hammered down", and the culture of not encouraging failure, stopped me from being creative or outgoing.\n
  • And whenever I would think of taking action, it made me think of the risks first, not the possibilities it held.  And this notion has led me to one of my biggest regrets in life. In the first year of high school, I was offered a chance to get into the high level class at my school.\n
  • I declined. I told the school, that I don't think I can keep up with the level of the course, and that I was afraid of failing the class.  I thought that I would do just fine without joining the top class.\n
  • I became lazy, lost the passion and patience I had for learning, and I experienced a little bit of bullying, which led me to think negatively about everything. I was in a un-motivational environment.\n
  • At first, I knew that I was in the wrong environment, and knew that I had to get out, I wanted to get out. \nBut as time passed by, and this environment had became my standard. I was stuck in a vicious cycle, unable to escape.\n
  • So I was like that through the rest of my high school years. As you can see in this pic, I seem pretty unhappy, and not thinking about what I want to do, I got in to university, but still couldn’t find a sense of purpose. \n
  • But everything changed for me last year. Last year in September, I went to Silicon Valley for 2 weeks.\nAnd this experience has had a profound impact on my life.\n\n\n
  • I broke out of the cycle. I met with many inspirational people, from entrepreneurs to engineers working in tech companies, and was just struck by the chance and opportunity that Silicon Valley had to offer. I was reunited with the joy of taking action. I became was becoming outgoing again.\n\n
  • Also during the visit, I was able to see myself from outside the vicious cycle, and thought, that was not where I wanted to be, and there was no way I was going back to that environment. My visit to Silicon Valley was a wake up call. “That you had to get out of this cycle”\n
  • After coming back to Japan, up until now, I have been trying very hard to take back my old outgoing self, by creating and jumping into environments that motivates me. I'd like to share some of the thing I've been doing recently.\n
  • I went to Silicon Valley, during the spring break for 2 weeks again...but this time with about 30 students. We actually went to Stanford and attended a class on design thinking. I met Tina Seelig!!\n
  • I also made a short film about 15 min with my friends. Febuary - March. It was a good experience to reassure my love for creating things.\n
  • Currently, I’m involved in these 3 activities. TEDee is a english discussion group where we watch and discuss about TEDTalks, and I do organizing and facilitation, and also I am involved in translation at TEDxKyoto, and no doubt, speaking to you now at this event.\n
  • So the message I want to leave you with today is that "your environment shapes your personality".It can sometimes change our personality, either in a good, or in a bad way (like it did to me) And the scary thing is that the change happens without even us knowing about it. And it is very hard to change your personality.\n\n
  • I think sometimes we need to look at ourselves objectively, by stepping out of the box, and rethink about the environment we place ourselves in. And I hope my talk today has become a wake up call for you guys today. Thank you.\n
  • 5/19 Pechakucha Nara vol.2

    1. 1. Seiichiro ItoyamaTranslator @TEDxKyotoUS 4.5 yearsTED | Information Technology | Design | Film |Books | Music
    2. 2. The nail which sticks out gets hammered downFailure is bad
    3. 3. Wanna join the top class ?
    4. 4. Wanna join the top class ? No.
    5. 5. Vicious Cycle Un-motivating Bullying Me Lazy Negative
    6. 6. Un-motivatingBullying Me Lazy This became my standard. Negative
    7. 7. Silicon Valley
    8. 8. tivating Lazy Meative
    9. 9. Un-motivatingBullying Me Lazy Me Negative
    10. 10. again...
    11. 11. Exploring Social Innovation
    12. 12. Your Film Festival
    13. 13. message :Environment shapes your personality
    14. 14. Thank you :)

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