MONO JAPAN lecture programme brings you stories of crafts and design from Japan and the Netherlands. Join us to hear makers, designers and curators talk about their practices and cross-cultural collaborations; learn about designers’ inspirations and find out how today's economic and social developments and contemporary innovations affect the artisanal practices; see what the future have in store for crafts & design.

Free admission and no pre-booking required to all lectures with a valid entrance ticket to MONO JAPAN 2018.


The ceramic link: connections through porcelain in past and present

Menno Fitski

Curator of East Asian Art, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Christien Meindertsma

Artist / Designer

Date & Time: Saturday 17 February, 2018  18:15 - 19:15
Location: Lloyd Zaal

Marking the celebration of 400 years of Arita Japanese porcelain, a group of international designers collaborated with the local ceramic makers of Arita for the 2016/ Arita project, bringing fresh and innovative perspectives to Aritaware. With an aim to revitalize the ceramic industry in this region, the series created as the result of the collaboration with an international acclaim. 

Collaboration as the theme this year, MONO JAPAN invites Menno Fitski, curator of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and specialist of Arita porcelain, and Christien Meindertsma, a Dutch designer of one of the series of 2016/ Arita. Together, they will discuss about tradition, innovation and cooperation in the ceramic link between Japan and the Netherlands.

  • Menno Fitski
    Menno Fitskistudied Japanese language and culture at Leiden and Oxford and has been the Rijksmuseum’s curator of East Asian Art since 1997. (Website Rijksmuseum)
  • Christien_Meindertsma
    Christien Meindertsmagraduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven and explores the life of products and raw materials. With her designs, she aims to regain understanding of processes that have become so distant in industrialization. (Website Christien Meindertsma)

What is the Way of Tea and the samurai style tea ceremony? A presentation of Sweet Hirado & The Dutch Tea Ceremony

Akira Matsura

Chairman of Matsura Historical Museum in Hirado / Head of Chinshin Ryu tea ceremony group / The 41st head of the Matsura clan of Hirado

Chitose Ohchi

Artist / Curator / Producer of Sweet Hirado in Japan

Date & Time: Sunday 18 February, 2018  15:00 - 16:30
Location: Lloyd Zaal

Hirado already won fame in the 16th century as one of the trading ports open to the West and was known to the world as Firando. Matsura Family provided the feudal lords of Hirado for about 700 years until Meiji era. Being at the forefront of Japan’s encounter with foreign culture, Hirado flourished for about 100 years.
However, when the Dutch Trading Post in Hirado was ordered to be destroyed and the new trading post was moved to Deshima in Nagasaki, the city lost the foreign trading market and had to undergo a hard transition. Despite the difficulty, Shigenobu Matsura, the 29th head of Matsura Clan who was skilled in the arts of war and peace, cleverly managed the affairs of the domain and even founded a samurai style tea ceremony group called “Chinshin Ryu”.
The Chinshin Ryu tea ceremony group opened the way to the creation of a book “Hyakka no zu (Encyclopedia of 100 sweets)” 200 years later. And now, in the 21st century, Sweet Hirado & The Dutch Tea Ceremony, a project inspired by the “Hyakka no zu”, was launched in collaboration with Dutch creators.

If Japanese tea ceremony - or "the Way of Tea" - did not exist, Japanese sweets would not exist either. Also, the original Way of Tea must have reflected the way of life of a person.
What is the relationship between samurai (warriors), Zen Buddhism and the Way of Tea? What is the samurai style tea ceremony? Mr. Akira Matsura, the 41st head of Matsura Clan in Hirado and the head of the Chinshin Ryu tea ceremony group, will tell us about the relationship between sweets and the Way of Tea, using stories that are passed down in the Matsura Family as reference.

  • Akira Matsura
    Akira Matsurais the Chairman of Matsura Historical Museum in Hirado and Head of Chinshin Ryu tea ceremony group. He is the 41 st head of the Matsura clan of Hirado, one of the few families that ruled through foreign diplomacy by having the Dutch and the English Trading Posts established in 1609. (Website Matsura Historical Museum)
  • Chitose Ohchi
    Chitose Ohchiis an Artist/Curator and the producer of Sweet Hirado in Japan. Crossing the fields of art, design and cultural anthropology whilst trying to create fusions and parallels of the East and the West, she creates new stories and worlds with her own unique aesthetic sense. (Website Chitose Ohchi)