Kickstarter + Japanese TV

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Six weeks ago a film crew from NHK — Japan’s large television network — came by the Kickstarter offices to film for a show called New York Wave. They interviewed Perry and shot enough B-roll footage to make everyone feel sufficiently awkward. It was all very strange.

The show aired in Japan last week, and yesterday we received a copy of the show. Though not the zany Japanese TV game show that we were hoping for, it’s awesome. It does a really great job of explaining Kickstarter through the stories of four projects.

We see April Smith killing it at a Maxwell’s show. We get to marvel at Kate Pokorny’s crocheted yurts. And we get two projects from our friends at Grand Opening: the table tennis club Pong (whose sign and table are now in our office), and the Lower East Side pop-up Wedding Chapel. All of the creators and backers did an amazing job of talking about their project and passion. Congrats to all of them!

Here’s the actual show. It’s a full twenty minutes, so get that microwave popcorn ready: