MONO & Talks


MONO JAPAN's first exhibition and online talk event in Tokyo on international creative collaboration

On October 15 and 16 within the grounds of Tokyo’s new landmark, Tokyo Torch, MONO JAPAN and its affiliates will hold an exhibition at the Onland Craft Market entitled “MONO & TALKS,” showcasing international creative cooperation in the craft industries.  While MONO JAPAN is based in the Netherlands, this will be our first-ever exhibition in Japan.  At the same time, we’ll also be holding an online talk event connecting Japan and the Netherlands.

photo: Collaboration product results of MJ AIR 2019


About MONO JAPAN’s International Collaboration

MONO JAPAN has a network of Dutch creatives and Japanese maker industry and since 2016, runs a Japanese crafts and design fair to introduce carefully curated selection of modern Japanese artisanal products and makers to Europe. What has become clear to us from getting to know creatives from both countries is that these encounters produce results capitalizing on their respective strong points, and that they have been able to learn things and get stimulation from each other.

We believe that international collaboration is the best way to enhance appreciation for Japanese craftsmanship in this world of ours where many different kinds of peoples live according to a variety of lifestyles, and we also believe it is an opportunity for innovation to occur. We’d also like to show how Europeans respond to traditional Japanese objects and techniques of craftsmanship, and we hope to disseminate their ideas among Japanese craftspeople, concerning European manufacturing, which has long included the concepts of sustainability and circularity that are now a driving force in Europe.

In order to carry out fruitful collaboration between Japan and the Netherlands, with their widely different languages and cultures, thorough networking and support are essential. At our MONO & TALKS exhibition we will introduce the two Artist in Residence programs we have held so far by means of display and discussion. As our focus is not only on product but also on process, the content of the program will be informative for people from local areas in Japan that want to welcome overseas creatives, as well as Japanese creatives who aim to open up overseas business activities.


About MJ AIR (Artist in Residence) 2019 Collaboration

Sekibi Kodo (Aizu lacquerware, Fukushima) with Pao Hui Kao
Yoshida Shingi Shozoku (Shinto priest ceremonial costumes, Kyoto) with Maryam Kordbacheh
Sekishu Washi Kubota, Nishida Washi Studio (Sekishu washi, Shimane) with Jonas Althaus

About MJ ONLINE AIR Collaboration

Paul Beumer (Artist) with Yukihito Kanai (Mud Dye Craftsman, Amami Oshima)
Nienke Hoogvliet (Design Studio) with Kojima Chikara (Bamboo crafts Artist, Oita) and Toshihiko Nishida (local support)

What’s more, at the exhibition we’ll also be introducing the “Family Business Innovation Lab,” a cooperative industry between Japan and the Netherlands, which we’re supporting in 2021, plus MONO JAPAN’s new digital platform, “MMM – MONO Makers Meet,” which will be open to the public this coming fall.

Come and experience at MONO & TALKS the potential of international cooperation within the design and craft industry, in these unique times when, despite the corona pandemic, we can form links between overseas and the many and varied craft-producing areas of Japan.

 Photo: All AIR program processes was done digitally


Realizing the exhibition in a circular way

In order to reflect a contemporary Dutch society where there is attention for SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) in every aspect of daily life, MONO & TALKS will put into practice the concept of circular economy and zero waste in the exhibition design, which means only reusable materials that can be locally sourced will be used.


An online talk program where participation is possible from anywhere in the world

Creatives from the Netherlands and those from Japan’s product making areas who took part in the two AIR programs will come together to share their experiences, and Dutch and Japanese craftspeople from the Family Business Innovation Lab which has just reached the end of its collaboration program, will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of cooperative industry.

In addition, there will also be sessions on projects MONO JAPAN has planned for 2022, such as an online pre-order event, the next physical MONO JAPAN Fair, and an online live tour from the location of Dutch Design Week 2021 which will be held from October 16th.

Reserver your place online (free registeration) >>>
Talks hosted by MONO JAPAN on 15th and 16th will be streamed live from MONO JAPAN Amsterdam's Facebook page. >>>


MONO & TALKS Exhibition Information

Event : Onland Craft Market 2021
Date : Friday, October 15, 2021 and Saturday, October 16, 2021 (2 days)
Location : TOKYO TORCH PARK, 2 Chome-6-4 Ōtemachi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan

To join the TALK event, reserve your place online (free registeration) 

Talk on October 15th >>>
Talk on October 16th >>>

Talks hosted by MONO JAPAN on 15th and 16th will be streamed live from MONO JAPAN Amsterdam's Facebook page. >>>


MONO & TALKS is co-organized with Onland Craft Market.

Supported by :
The Embassy of The Kingdom of The Netherlands
DutchCulture, centre for international cooperation
Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd.



Stichting MONO JAPAN functions as an active platform moderator in establishing new Dutch-Japanese creative partnerships.
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