WHAT WE DO
J-Collabo is a social network created to bring artists of different disciplines and genres together, provide the stage for them to collaborate, and make their collaborations accessible to the public. With Japanese culture and its underlying aesthetics and values as a common focus, we invite anyone who is interested to take part in this next generation cultural exchange and rich learning experience, regardless of age, race, education and background. Taking full advantage of digital, social media, we present unique content and a community of unimaginable width and depth, where cross-cultural and cross-sector communication flows without physical or financial limits. J-Collabo will educate, entertain and inspire those who are interested in exploring a culture rooted in a deep respect for nature and the desire to live in harmony with it, which seems very appropriate for today’s world at large.
It’s a place where the Japanese sense of beauty is expressed , it’s underlying principles and it’s relevance to global culture. Our goal is to propose a lifestyle with profound aesthetic value, both physical and spiritual.
It’ a place where artists, designer, photographers, film makers, actors, musicians, performance artists, writers, poets, dancers, craftspeople and other creative people collaborate to create new forms of art together.
It’s a place where the conventions of intercultural chemistry are challenged and the possibilities of creative collaboration and experimentation are deeply explored as a unifying effort between Japanese culture and the cultures of the world.
The hexagon is the symbol of collaboration. All sides meet to create a structure that is both cohesive and expandable such as a honeycomb.
This is how we do it.
J-COLLABO fosters creative interaction between cultural communities in a variety of ways. Through J-EXPO, J-EVENTS, J-EDUCATE, J-MAP, J-BLOG/J-INTERVIEWS, and J-SPECTRUM, J-COLLABO seeks to engage artists and others interested in Japanese culture to learn, share and create.
1) J-EXPO：Photographers, film directors and visual artists from various genres collaborate and express specific concepts based on Japanese culture, creating works utilizing visual elements and sound. New products are designed and production models are developed through a collaborative process among traditional craftsmen, product designers, and graphic designers throughout the world. The result is a multilateral expression of Japanese culture.
2) J-EVENTS：J-EVENTS creates opportunities to experience Japanese culture through art installations, music performances, film/video screenings and more take place in J-LABO – affiliated spaces of J-LABO, located in USA and Japan.
3) J-EDUCATE：With core essenses from Japanese culture, J-EDUCATE creates programs to foster future generations through communication and creative abilities as well as cross-cultural sensibilities. Based on some Japanese cultural phenomena such as Manga, Syodo and Plastic Model, J-EDUCATE develops programs that can be adopted by educational institutions, involving professionals from all over the world. Regular demonstrations and presentations of the programs will take place in public educational institutions such as elementary schools and libraries, as well as private educational institutions, such as the YMCA.
4) J-MAP：J-MAP locates and profiles significant Japanese cultural sites in New York City and Brooklyn. J-MAP is distributed free of charge through over 100 sites every year and acts as a cultural guide. In addition to promoting stores with Japanese products and cultural institutions, J-MAP hopes to form a Japanese cultural community. J-SPECTRUM member gains various benefits from affiliated stores on the map, and, in return, expands their networks through the map.
5) J-BLOG/J-INTERVIEWS：J-BLOG contains articles and profiles of Japanese events, institutions and people of interest. The pieces are created by writers and contributors well-versed in Japanese culture. J-INTERVIEWS: We interview significant Japanese artists and cultural figures as well as non-Japanese people who contribute to a Japan-centric dialogue. We examine cultural issues from their perspectives and seek to learn more about Japanese culture through their techniques and advice.