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.
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.
This is how we do it.
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.
-o&s Shimoda Art Institute-
the first basement
Conveniently located in Park Slope Brooklyn. J-COLLABO is 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. J-Members can use the space for their events, art exhibitions, music concerts, live performances, film screenings and educational seminars etc.
＊O&S SHIMODA ART INSTITUTE
＊Materials For The Arts
J-STAFF BOAD OF DIRECTORS
Hitoshi was born in Beppu, Oita, on Kyushu Island of Japan, 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 the graphic, product and package design, store design and web 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.
Sacchi Shimoda was born in Seoul, Korea with Japanese parents. After graduated from Keisen Junior College in Tokyo, she moved to New York to learn graphic art at Parson’s School of Design, NY and graduated from NYC Community College with A.A.B degree in graphic art in 1979. After she worked at Asian Society Gallery, Rockefeller Foundation and some department stores, she started her own business as an art consultant in 1987 and engaged in many international art exhibitions introducing Contemporary American Arts to Japanese Museums.
J+B Store Manager
Takeyama was born in Miyazaki, Japan. He moved to the United States in 1978, and studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City.
After working as an assistant for Macy’s department store in the advertising department, he was soon promoted to an in-house photographer position for the company.
In 1990, he opened Kimio Takeyama Photography Studio in New York City.
He currently works with an impressive roster of prestigious company’s including SHISEIDO la prairie, TATCHA, Glaceau, aRUDE, Seiko Time and Citigroup.
He is also a director of J-collabo.
Assistant Director of Web Design
Kazuya’s bace is Fukuoka prefecture in Japan. He studied art in Oita Prefectural College of Art and Culture. He worked design in Advertising company. After that, he joined J-COLLABO.Kazuya is artist . his art theme is ‘prayer’. And he makes products of ‘KODOMONOUTA’ . It means children’s ensemble.
Founder of The September Concert Foundation, which organizes an annual global festival of music for peace. Haruko is former COO of Felissimo New York, which for 20 years was home to many creative ideas, products and exhibitions, as well as a venue for socially and culturally significant events. In collaboration with UNESCO, she also directed DESIGN 21: Social Design Network, an online community to promote “Design For The Greater Good,” and launched DREAM (Dance, Read, Express Art, Music) Centers for children in post-conflict regions of the world, including Kabul (Afghanistan), Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and Monrovia (Liberia).
STEPHEN E. GLOBUS
Steve was born and breed in Manhattan. A Venture Capitalist, Mr. Globus first went to Japan when he sold his technology company to Matsushita in 1996. He refers to himself as a “cultural provocateur,” looking for creative talent and fusion combination of Western and Japanese culture to encourage. He has been an important sponsor of Japanese culture in the Metropolitan area. The Globus Film Series is an annual event at Japan Society every Spring which is a major event in Nihon Cinema presentations in USA. He has worked with many cultural institutions including both Asia and Japan Societies. He has a 3 level Japanese NihonMa (space) that contains a Ryokan for visiting artists, Chashitsu for Tea Ceremony, and a Gallery that highlights Japanese crafts and Arts. He has worked with J-Collabo on various fund raisers including last year’s Geisha Kikuno’s VIP reception at his space. He travels to Japan at least twice a year to visit artists, attend film festivals, and provide assistance to Tohoku area.
Masato was born in Osaka in 1965. High school graduate just before University of Osaka Prefecture. Graduated from Kwansei Gakuin University department of economics. Present and Corporation GETTI Managing director/general corporate judicial person cool Japan conference director. The student enterprise which are planning and marketing in 1986 during a university student, I start new business and institutionalize corporation Getty with juniors in 1992 via NEC after university graduation. After a while establishes the business company which does branding of a major company client and an autonomous body, the side development of media which does activation consultation, business development and a business investment. Representative of the GETTI group by which present does business territory of 5, consultation business, architecture design business, apparel business, veterinarian operation business and medical business of the study of a iPS cell.
Shuichi worked in the beauty industry with Shiseido for 36 years, and spent over 18 years leading their global business development in the US and in Europe as CEO of the area headquarters. In Japan, his assignment was mainly on new product development for both Shiseido and IPSA. Through many years of experience in the international markets, he was always interested in intercultural collaboration between Japan and other countries. His current focus is on supporting young entrepreneurs in Japan and the U.S., whose work creates new interpretation of Japanese culture which can be accepted globally as a new universal culture.
Isao Tsujimoto has just presented his first and successful exhibition project “Voices from Japan” in New York City in the summer of 2012, as founder of Studio for Cultural Exchange,. After completed his distinguished career at the Japan Foundation, which included two directorships in NY (2006-2011) and LA (1996-2000), Isao went on to open the “Studio” in Tokyo, his native city, in the spring 2011. Soon he initiated the project of Voices from Japan that shares the heart of Japanese people since the disasters in March 2011. With his extensive network both in Japan and the United States, Isao continues his effort to inspire people by bringing voices and by connecting people in the world.
Founder and Executive Director of HappyDoll, Inc., a nonprofit organization connecting children through the making and exchanging of unique and fun dolls. In 2001, she became Founder and Director of MSTERIO, a summer camp in Japan. She is also a team member of Keio University Hospital’s “Kokoro no Care” project in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture. She is a board member of Midori & Friends, Princeton in Asia, and Find Your Voice, and Co-chair of Friends of Children and Youth Programs at Japan Society. Nozomi was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, working in various capacities for 18 years. She has also worked at the American Embassy in Tokyo, Fuji Television, and Itochu International. Nozomi resides in NY.
Elente Inc. C.E.O., producer, curator, publisher. Masato Tsuruta graduated from Waseda University, Faculty of Law and learned at University of the Arts London and New York University. After joining EMI music JAPAN INC., he was in charge of Hikaru Utada, Yumi Matsutoya, BOØWY and Fuji Television CX-TV sound track. After he assumed the General Manager of Marketing Department in UNIVERSAL music LLC, he started WOOLY ARTS, woolymagazine -a bilingual culture magazine-, and an artist agency, and has taught at Ritsumeikan University and Ryukoku University as a part-time lecturer. He consulted for and directed the new brand of Hiyoko Honpo “doux d'amour” in 2014 and Hotel WITH THE STYLE ( FUKUOKA ) in 2004, along with the launch marketing of Microsoft Windows Vista in 2007, the organizing JJS MEDIA (from Korea) in 2014, KKBOX (from Taiwan) in 2013 and SK telecom (from Korea and Japan) in 2015. In April, 2017, he acquired a space in "growth NEXT", a large incubation facility run by Fukuoka city and investment groups such as Mistletoe, Inc. In July, he founded milia, an art venture company which contributes to the discovery and development of potential artists with a local governmental agency, entrepreneurs and the investment companies.