Mono Japan

15 – 19 February 2018

Lloyd hotel & cultural embassy,

Oostelijke Handelskade 34 1019 BN Amsterdam

MONO JAPAN is a celebration of contemporary Japanese craft and design. It is an event and a platform devoted to sophisticated beauty grounded in tradition, enriched with contemporary thinking, and refined to perfection with uncompromising skills. MONO JAPAN represents the design that defies the gravity of the mundane and brings joy to the simplest rituals of every day.

Once a year, MONO JAPAN presents a carefully curated selection of exceptional Japanese products and introduces its makers to the European audience. It initiates and facilitates collaboration between Japanese and European artists and designers. The yearly event created in collaboration with and staged at the Lloyd Hotel includes presentations, workshops, and exhibitions as well as a public and B2B product fair.

Theme of 2018 Collaboration
The highlights of MONO JAPAN 2018 included a collaboration between Amsterdam brand Bonne Suits and several Japanese textile makers. A new line of custom-made Bonne Suits crafted from traditional kimono fabric was launched during the MONO JAPAN opening night on February 15th, 2018. On the occasion of the 2018 edition, Japanese artist and director Sebastian Masuda, a pioneer in creating the colour palette which symbolize the Harajuku and kawaii culture, were involved in this project. Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma teamed up with a Japanese textile company to design and produce tea towels especially for MONO JAPAN.


Emiko Chujo; Director, Founder | Judith de Weert; Accounting Manager | Emi Tsutsushio; Publishing Manager | Hanako Matsunaga; Logistics & Onlineshop | Sae Honda; Communication | Yako Kimura; Production Manager | Masaya Takeda; MONO JAPAN corporate style designer | Kumi Hiroi; Graphic Designer, Concept & Set Design for campaign photo | Jeroen Schippers; Webdesign & development | Pim Leenen; Campaign photographer | Mike Noevers; Marketing & PR | Suzanne Oudshoorn; Assistant, Editor | Kazumitsu Yoshida; Sponsorship | Mike Noevers, Jo Wakebe, Ryo Nakamura; intern.

Mono Japan team 2018 


Gemeente Amsterdam Kingdom of the Netherlands Takumi Amsterdam in Business Sawanotsuru CO.,LTD.


Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Bonne Suits

Special Thanks

Our profound gratitude to the many people who helped us realise this event.
Bas Valckx (Embassy of the kingdom of the Netherlands, Press & Cultural Officer), Bonne Reijn (Bonne Suits), Chiharu Ogomori (Takarajimasenkou), Chitose Ohchi (C&), Christien Meindertsma, Daan Kok (Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen), Emi Matsumoto, Erik van der Molen (Netherlands-Japan Association), Geertje Jacobs (Het Noordbrabants Museum), Hiroki Kurihara (Hakata Takumi Kogei), Jorma van Driel, Justus Cohen Tervaert (Bonne Suits), Katsuhiko Ae (Ae Handkerchief), Kees & Piet (Models of collaboration suits), Maarten van der Kamp (Photographer of collaboration suits), Maki Nakata, Marion Poortvliet (Crafts Council Nederland), Masako Tashiro, Menno Fitski (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), Monique Zevenhuizen, Nana Yamazaki & Yamma Sangyo, Ranti Tjan (EKWC), Rie Nagasawa, Rieko Ishida, Ryutaro Yoshida (TIME & STYLE), Sabine Gimbrere (City of Amsterdam, International Office), Saga Prefectural Government, SAWANOTSURU CO., LTD. brewing SAKE in Nishigo, Shinya Kobayashi (Coelacanth Shokudo / MUJUN), Suzanne Oxenaar (Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy), Tomoko Matsui (List:), Toshiki Kiriyama (Trunk), Unagi No Nedoko, Yoriko Ishizawa, Yutaka Endo (Luftzug)