J-Collabo is a nonprofit institution based in Brooklyn, NY, that provides a platform to celebrate and explore Japanese arts and culture. Through innovative programing and transformative encounters, using Japanese context as a starting point, J-Collabo instigates new ways to approach traditional practices and perspectives, which enriches the local community and contributes to the development of global art.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BOARD & STAFF
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Hitoshi was born in Beppu, Oita, and graduated from Polytechnic University. For 13 years he held the coveted position of Creative Director at the international cosmetics giant Shiseido, which provided him the opportunity to not only hone his skills in design, but in all phases of production and marketing. He is now president of Saga Creative Corp., a design consultancy based in New York City, for new cosmetics brands being introduced to both mass and prestige markets.
Masako Shiba has been in art organizations in New York for close to two decades, including Sotheby’s NY HQ, Japan Society, Asia Society Museum, and Asian Cultural Council where she was inaugural director for ACC Japan Foundation. Since the pandemic, she has co-founded ONBD, an NFT curatorial brand & residency, and is the US representative and Chief Artistic Director for Spacetainment PTE. LTD., creating art satellites which connects the metaverse to physical space. She is also on the advisory board for HH Dalai Lama official biography art project.
She joined J-Collabo as member of the Board and the inaugural Executive Director in 2022.
Board Member & Executive Director
Sacchi Shimoda was born in Seoul, Korea to Japanese parents. After graduating from Keisen Junior College in Tokyo, she moved to New York to study graphic art at Parson’s School of Design and graduated from New York City Community College with an A.A.B degree in Graphic Art in 1979. After working at Asia Society Gallery, the Rockefeller Foundation, and some department stores, she started her own business as an art consultant in 1987.