●What is JapaneseStyle.org?
I want to re-design and re-produce real, authentic, traditional Japanese treasures like Arts, Crafts, and Kimonos with beautiful photos, videos and guidebooks in 5 foreign languages(English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian and maybe Chinese), and spread them all around the world !!
●What does 'Re-design and re-produce' mean?
The size of Ukiyo-e prints corresponds to B4 size (353 cm × 250 cm) of the standard called ‘Japan unique B row’. The Ukiyo-e prints generally sold in Japan are framed, and about B3 size (500 cm × 353 cm), the decoration of the frame itself is very simple so as not to disturb the features of the painting, it is something to behold. In general houses, they look stunning, however, paintings of this size are too small in size for Western type buildings. A simple frame can seem weak or unimpressive, even though they are adorning these wonderful Ukiyo-e prints. So I use A0 size (1189 cm × 841cm) and fitted it to a big Western European building which was bigger than Japanese houses. I frame it, put a beautiful purple mat that suited the "Kanagawa Oki Namiura"(Under the Great wave off Kanagawa). Next, I enter a special order for a craftsmen to frame it.
Another example, the castle models sold in Japan are all scaled down to 1/350 or 1/500, and the finish of the details is bad. Due to it being a toy, it doesn't hold up to being viewed as art for a long period of time. Our castle models are made of the same wood as the real one, and it is a large scale model at 1/150. I will thoroughly seek the highest quality for the finish of details such as "Shachihoko", "Hafu" and "Gegyo". You feel like you are seeing a real castle, and so it becomes a treasure that you hold onto for the rest of your life.
If you purchase a products, the attached guidebook will allow you to become a master. More knowledgeable about your product than Japanese.
Year by year, the number of tourists visiting Japan grow, 24 million in 2016. With 40 million people expected in 2020 when the Tokyo Olympic Games will be held. There are also many repeaters and cultural attention in Japan is high.
In 2010, I opened an office in Yoyogi Shibuya-ku (near the south exit of Shinjuku station), and engaged in a management consulting business. Shinjuku station is Japan’s largest (not only in Japan, but also the world’s largest!!) terminal station boasting 3 million passengers a day! Of course, many foreign tourists use it. One day, I found a foreigner who got lost in front of the station, they asked me to guide them.
In the past few years there has been a change in the types of questions received. Previously, they were more 'touristy' questions like: "I want to go to the Observatory for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government" "Where is the Shinjuku-Gyoen park?" "Can I walk to Meiji-Jingu Shrine?". Recently they have become more detailed: "I want to go to the sword museum(!)", "I want to go to the Teppanyaki restaurant in downtown" "Is this ramen shop delicious?".
I began to feel the fineness. Also, when chatting about shopping through town, I noticed that foreigners seeking Japanese cultural products such as "Owan" bowls, "Hashi" chopsticks and green tea as souvenirs has also increased. I have witnessed the strength of affection for 'Japanization' and asked “What about Japan?”“Do you like Japan?” “What do you think about Japanese culture? Everyone says "Great" "I love everything!".
However, on the other hand, there are some points that they misunderstood. Sometimes people think that the California Roll sushi is "Japanese sushi", or that all women in Kimono are "Geisha". And I realized that it is necessary to make efforts to convey not only simple things but also the "right things" there. Therefore I want to sell "the best authentic" of Ukiyo-e prints, Models of Castles, Kinkakuji-temple, "Gojuno-tou" the 5 storied tower,Shrines, Kimonos, "Japanese-black" lacquer-wares, pottery, "Kiriko" Faceted glasses, "Butsudan" Buddhist altar, "Tansu" Chest of drawers, "Washi" Japanese papers, "Ki-zaiku" Wooden workings, "Ningyo" dolls, "Kacchu" armor, or anything traditional overseas.
As a representative of Japanese culture and traditional crafts, these products come along with a guidebook to explain the product's culture, spread the wonderfulness of Japanese culture correctly around the world. I am trying to change the position of "craftsmen" to "artist", and create a "circle of Japanese culture love abroad".
I want to share this story with the world so people can have a better understanding and appreciation for Japanese culture as well as gaining a unique insight into a deeply rooted Japan.
●Who is JapaneseStyle.org for?
People who love Japanese culture living in developed countries such as the UK, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Spain (and maybe China).
●What we need
Editor who writes commentary on traditional Japanese arts, crafts, kimonos and also authentic culture points.
Translator translating Japanese into English, French, German, Spanish, Italian (and maybe Chinese).
Photographer, video photographer and editor.
Multilingual EC site system and web designer.
●The funds raised via Croud funding site would also be used for:
Post Production (Editing, Photo and Video Design, Color Correction and Graphics), Commentary edition and Licensing Rights, Legal Fees, Equipment Rental and Labor Costs
I hope you are as excited about this production as we are. Please support me and help me share this unique story.
In addition to funding the creation of Ukiyo-e prints, Wooden castle models, and physical books, the main purpose of this croud funding site is to fund stretch goals, which will help produce other traditional treasures.
Stretch goals are only the beginning. Unlock enough backer achievements by submitting art, making traditional culture fresh, and joining us on social media, you’ll unlock Backer Inventory items that will change the campaign and trigger exclusive rewards.