The Future of Japanese Tradition The Future of Japanese Tradition

Japan's traditions and culture are resources for the future. As the number of people visiting Japan from around the world continues to increase, industry is shifting the basis for its operations towards a rediscovery of Japan. The Japan Design Committee, which since its inception has advocated a careful examination of the essence of Japanese culture, presented exhibitions focused on the capabilities and potential of today's traditional industries. What can we see when we merge tradition with technology, crossing aesthetics with the cutting-edge of today? "The Future of Japanese Tradition" series of Design Gallery exhibitions ran consecutively at Matsuya Ginza from January of 2016 to its completion in September of the same year.

1. Initial concept Exhibition

Committee members possessing a variety of expert knowledge in fields such as woodworking, metalworking, Japanese saké, lacquerware, ceramics, knives, Japanese paper, textiles, and architecture took a fresh look from unique perspectives, and explored the question of what the future has in store for us.

2. Ryokan Movie

The traditional ryokan inn brings together many aspects of Japanese culture, and as such we see it as a rich source for revelations about what might be in store for Japanese future. Video introductions of three traditional Japanese lodges were exhibited as stages revealing an overview of traditional industry.
AD: Kenya Hara
D: Kenya Hara, Yukie Inoue, Kanako Ohashi, Yumi Uehara, Hiroyuki Sato
P (still): Shimei Nakatogawa, Kei Iwasaki
P (movie): Kenichi Shimura*
Movie Direction: Taiki Fukao
Music: Noriyuki Sato*, Makiko Sato*
Cl: Japan Design Committee