Its Japanese for "chit chat" and a structure to keep people from blabbing on for too long with a powerpoint or similar. 20 images each lasting 20 seconds (automatically changing over) with students or colleagues speaking live to images or doing a VO (voice over) in podcast format.
Pechakucha.org has a range of examples. Here is a snippet from one example...
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