"KAKEHASHI Project -The Bridge for Tomorrow-" Young Professional Creators(Joseph Singh, Lisa Mayock, Paula Cheng, Jonathan Cohen)

Invitation in November 2014

Young Professional Creators(Joseph Singh, Lisa Mayock, Paula Cheng, Jonathan Cohen)

Period:November 15 - November 22
Local Visit Destination:Kyoto
Number of Participants:4

Tour Photo Album

Photo of Tokyo Orientation
(Lecture on Japanese Culture by Ritsuko Taho)
Tokyo Orientation
(Lecture on Japanese Culture by Ritsuko Taho)

Photo of Tokyo Orientation
(Lecture on Japanese Fashion Market by 
Shinichi Shuto, Advisor of this program)
Tokyo Orientation
(Lecture on Japanese Fashion Market by
Shinichi Shuto, Advisor of this program)

Photo of Dover Street Market Ginza
(Learning about Japanese Fashion Market)
Dover Street Market Ginza
(Learning about Japanese Fashion Market)

Photo of Saturdays Surf NYC Daikanyama
(Learning about Japanese Fashion Market)
Saturdays Surf NYC Daikanyama
(Learning about Japanese Fashion Market)

Photo of Tokyo National Museum
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)
Tokyo National Museum
(Learning about Japanese history and culture)

Photo of Meet Hiroyuki Horihata,
Designer of matohu
Meet Hiroyuki Horihata,
Designer of matohu

Photo of Lecture and Demonstration of Nihon Buyo,
By Master Minosuke Nishikawa
Lecture and Demonstration of Nihon Buyo,
By Master Minosuke Nishikawa

Photo of Lecture by Chika Tsuzuki,
Editor in Chief of WWD Japan
Lecture by Chika Tsuzuki,
Editor in Chief of WWD Japan

Photo of Harajuku/Omotesando
(Learning about Japanese Fashion Market)
Harajuku/Omotesando
(Learning about Japanese Fashion Market)

Photo of KAWASHIMA SELCON TEXTILES CO., LTD
and TEXTILES MUSEUM
(Company Visit)
KAWASHIMA SELCON TEXTILES CO., LTD
and TEXTILES MUSEUM
(Company Visit)

Photo of Kinkaku-ji
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)
Kinkaku-ji
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo of Fushimi-Inari Taisha
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)
Fushimi-Inari Taisha
(Learning about Japanese local history and culture)

Photo of Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
(Learning about Japanese local industries)
Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
(Learning about Japanese local industries)

Photo of Hosoo Co., Ltd
(Company Visit)
Hosoo Co., Ltd
(Company Visit)

Photo of Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd.
(Exchange with buyer of women's wear)
Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd.
(Exchange with buyer of women's wear)

Photo of TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
(Company Visit)
TORAY INDUSTRIES, INC.
(Company Visit)

Photo of Young Emerging Japanese and American
fashion designers talk session
(Exchange with KAKEHASHI Fashion Dispatch Participating Designers)
Young Emerging Japanese and American
fashion designers talk session
(Exchange with KAKEHASHI Fashion Dispatch Participating Designers)

Photo of Young Emerging Japanese and American
fashion designers talk session
(Presentation and discussion)
Young Emerging Japanese and American
fashion designers talk session
(Presentation and discussion)

Voices from Participants

1. Having participated in the KAKEHASHI Project, what do you think are Japan’s strengths and attractiveness?

  • I love the detail-oriented the qualities of the Japanese culture. There is so much pride in the everyday activities. I love that everything here is viewed as an opportunity to do the best and make something beautiful.
  • Japan's attention to detail in truly remarkable in any sense, from architecture, customs, service, and design. It is impeccable and very thought out. Extremely efficient is what I constant thought.

2. How do you change your perspective of Japan through the project?

  • I had always held Japan in high regards. This trip affirmed what I already knew. Japan is truly exceptional, a leader in so many ways.
  • After visiting Kyoto I realized there are more people still preserving the old traditions and craftsmanship, preservation of Japanese culture.

3. After returning to the U.S., what aspect(s) of Japan do you want to learn more?

  • I'd like to continue to research of ancient craft and cultures as we did at the Tokyo Museum. We had limited time there, and some of the ancient samurai artifacts could definitely inspire a new collection.
  • Japanese technology and fabrics, this is something incorporate in my business. I would also like to learn about manufacturing products in Japan. I would like to have my garments made in Japan.

4. It is hoped that you will promote further mutual understanding between our two countries, serving as bridges in the Japan-U.S. relationship. What will you do to deepen understanding of Japan’s strengths and attractiveness?

  • I will research more in-depth about the culture upon my return to the US. Japan has been very inspiring.
  • I will plan to come and visit Japan more often. I make more appointments with Japanese Industry people. Take more time researching more topics in Japanese culture.

5. Please freely describe your experience in the KAKEHASHI Project.

  • From the minute I landed everything went smoothly. KAKEHASHI project had made the Japan experience amazing. The food, culture, people is all incredible.
  • It's rare to have the opportunity to go on a trip that you haven't planned yourself. I think that an every trip we went on (and I had high expectations) I was so much more impressed and inspired than I had expected, and every day got better. It's been wonderful to be able to meet and talk to so many native Japanese here during the trip and understand the culture.

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