Saga Prefecture, the birthplace of the internationally renowned Arita porcelain, has many more traditional crafts and innovative products to offer. These products and their manufacturing processes reflect both the mentality and the skills of the people of Saga, and gives you a true sense of the local people and their culture.
The exhibition at MONO JAPAN 2018 features washi (Japanese paper) products by craftsman Takaharu Maeda, folk dolls by Masahiro Takayanagi (Osaki Doll Preservation Society) and porcelain ware from the JICON series by Imamura Porcelain. Whilst preserving the traditional and regional characteristics of Saga, these makers also reinterpret them in order to create new products which connect the past to modern day life.
The exhibition also aims to rediscover the 400-year relationship between the Netherlands and Saga. By connecting dots that were never connected before and by creating the opportunity for new encounters between creatives from both countries, the project wants to stimulate a next-generation of creative exchanges.
This project is organized by Saga Prefecture and is managed by Unagi no Nedoko, a company that promotes manufacturing, art and culture of the Kyushu-Chikugo area by linking local makers and users.
To show the large diversity of Saga’s local products and techniques the key products that will be shown are: Washi products by Takaharu Maeda, folk dolls by Masahiro Takayanagi (Osaki Doll Preservation Society) and porcelain ware from JICON series by Imamura Porcelain. Saga’s traditional crafts such as Hizen-Vidro (glassware), Nao Washi (Japanese paper) and Nabeshima-dantsu (carpet), as well as innovative industrial products from the region will also be introduced.