MONO JAPAN is an organization that promotes collaborations between Dutch artists/designers and Japanese crafts specialists. MONO JAPAN further introduces modern Japanese artisanal design to the Dutch market. Its activities consist of organizing a yearly artisanal design fair from products of Japanese craftspeople and small companies and holding workshops with visiting craftspeople.
In the spring of 2019 it ran its first artist in residence program, MJ AIR. You can read the result of the project here.
Stichting MONO JAPAN now relies on a well-established network in the Dutch creative industry, as well as on a growing number of Japanese craftspeople and small companies who make original, high-quality products. The forte of MONO JAPAN is to bring original Japanese craftworks to the Netherlands while simultaneously creating opportunities for ‘bilateral’ collaborations. It now looks back on five years of experience in which Dutch designers have profited from Japanese craftsmanship as reflected in their most recent work. Stichting MONO JAPAN wants to continue this process of enriching the Dutch creative industry with the highly esteemed craftsmanship from Japan.
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.