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.
What we do
MONO JAPAN started as an organization that introduces carefully curated selection of modern Japanese artisanal products and makers to the Dutch and European audience. Its activities consist of organizing a yearly artisanal design fair from products of Japanese craftspeople and (small) companies as well as holding workshops, lectures and discussions to initiate and facilitate collaboration between Japanese and European artists and designers.
MONO JAPAN fair in Amsterdam
The first MONO JAPAN fair took place in 2016 in the Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam.
Since then, more than 70 Japanese participants have exhibited, most of them for the first time in Europe, and numerous collaborations between Japan and the Netherlands have been born. For our previous events, see archives.
The fifth edition planned for 2020, unfortunately had to be cancelled.
Participants of MONO JAPAN fair
All 76 exhibitors (2016 - 2019 )
2016/ Arita | 830 design lab | Aizu Creative Japan | ALIMANO | Asemi Co. | Awaji City Society of Commerce and Industry | AZMAYA | Based on Roots | BP. | BLUEVOX! | C& | CERANIS | Coelacanth Shokudo | Connecting the dots -Tradition and Creativity of Saga- | EN TEA | Fukumono shop | gift by gifted l HiHiHi | Hyogo Prefecture Incense Cooperative | Ichiro Mori | In Praise of Shadows | ISSHINDO | i ro se l Idea books | IZUMONO | KANAIKOUGEI | Kapoc | KATALOKooo | KATAYAMA BUNZABURO SHOTEN | KIMURA` | kitta | knot | KODAMA TOKI | Kyoto Craft Session | KYO-TO-TO | List: | MAKER KAMER | marru | Maruhiro | mature ha. | MGNET | Mio Heki | Misc-Store | MUJUN | Nagasakirinne | Nagasaki Prefecture | N STORE. | Nankei Pottery | NISHIGUCHI KUTSUSHITA | Nombre | Okamotoya Monzaemon | Ooyama Seichaen | orit. | Pfütze | POLS | PULL + PUSH PRODUCTS. | SAGA | Saga Prefectural Tourism Federation Craft Tourism | sasimonokagu takahashi | schop | Shimpei Arima | Snow Peak | Studio Chikufusha l STUDIO SHIKUMI | Sweet Hirado | SyuRo | Taguchi Craftec | TAKARAJIMA SENKOU | TAKUMI Craftworks | tamaki niime | TIME & STYLE | TSUNAGU SONOGI TEA FARMERS | Ukiha City | Utsuwa Shoken | Yama no Katachi | YAMAKOSHI | Yamma Sangyo & Harappa
From December 2020, MONO JAPAN will launch a new opportunity to connect you to the Japanese craftsmanship and design through a new online event, MONO MONTHLY, which will be held online every month.
The MONO MONTHLY event is held virtually via our website, making it possible to introduce you to the carefully curated selection of high-quality Japanese products and makers even during this pandemic. Learn more about MONO MONTHLY here.
Bridging Creative Partnerships
In the spring of 2019, MONO JAPAN ran its first Artist in Residence program, MJ AIR. The program has been made possible with generous contributions of Stimuleringsfonds, Embassy of the Netherlands in Tokyo and Municipality of Amsterdam.
In November 2019 the organization became a foundation under Dutch law and works now under the name of Stichting MONO JAPAN. Stichting MONO JAPAN functions as an active platform moderator in establishing new Dutch-Japanese creative partnerships.
In 2020, MONO JAPAN move its Artist In Residence (AIR) program for designers/artists in The Netherlands and traditional craftspeople/artisans in Japan to a digital platform. MJ ONLINE AIR was held from October 2020 to April 2021, the online meetings were archived on YouTube channel.
This program is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL and The Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands.
MONO JAPAN connects the cultural sectors in Japan and Europe through the celebration of contemporary craft and design.
MONO JAPAN facilitates the discovery of authentic Japanese crafts and design in Europe through the creation of a fair business model that enables craftspeople and their techniques to survive.