Fourth MONO JAPAN 2019

MONO JAPAN 2019 set to be the biggest ever

Workshops, lectures, and over 30 participating brands: a celebration of modern Japanese craft and design takes over the Lloyd Hotel.

In its fourth year, MONO JAPAN will welcome over 30 exhibitors and offer a jam-packed programme of events at the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam over the weekend of February 1st-3rd, 2019. This year, the theme will be “Get Involved”: much more than just an exhibition where visitors merely view things from a distance, MONO JAPAN will offer a special programme with more opportunities to encounter, select, use and promote Japanese contemporary design and craftsmanship.

A diverse selection of exclusive products designed and crafted in Japan will be on sale, from Japanese knives, jewelry, clothes, scarfs, hats, kitchenware, tea, accessories and lifestyle goods. Each room will be decorated and styled by the Japanese makers, who will be present to explain the philosophy behind their products and demonstrate how to use them.

An exciting day out to brighten up a February weekend.

This year, MONO JAPAN will also unveil a room of MONO JAPAN products styled by the Dutch-Japanese designers BCXSY (Boaz Cohen & Sayaka Yamamoto). What’s more, amidst this room of Japanese products spiced up with Dutch creativity, visitors can have their hair and make-up done by stylist Yasu Shoji and have their portrait taken by renowned photographer Shinji Otani, who took this year’s main visual photo.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy Japanese food and drink, including sake, green tea, noodles, and Japanese curry.

And, for the first time, MONO JAPAN will also have a satellite venue. This will be at TIME & STYLE, the elegant Japanese furniture and interior store on Marnixstraat. There will be additional participating brands selling products there, which are well worth catching — in addition to the store’s stunning interior products and bonsai collection.


MONO JAPAN will launch a unique collaboration with renowned Dutch fashion designer Bas this year. He will be making customized products using Japanese materials during MONO JAPAN 2019.

There will also be a series of workshops at during the event at the Lloyd Hotel, including a masterclass from a knife-sharpening professional, an opportunity to make fermented miso paste from scratch, and a chance to put in an order with a kintsugi artist to mend broken ceramics.

And finally, MONO JAPAN will offer a combo ticket with the COOL JAPAN exhibition at the Tropenmuseum Amsterdam, that will give visitors entry to MONO JAPAN and 50% off the entrance to the Tropenmuseum during the weekend of 1-3 February 2019, during which there’ll be Dutch Design meets Cool Japan.

Combining designers from Japan and the Netherlands is an open invitation for success. They have a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s work, but why? What are the differences, and where can we find the similarities? Where does the fascination Dutch designers have for Japanese design stem from and what type of experiences have they accumulated in Japan? The Tropenmuseum together with MONO JAPAN will know no bounds in the weekend of February 2ndand 3rd, everything and anything to do with design will be used to provide a weekend stuffed with design-based entertainment. Join in on the talks or tours, or would you prefer to get busy yourself in one of the workshops?

The Tropenmuseum is gathering an abundance of inspiring designers who cannot wait to share their love for Japan. Customize your very own Cool Japan Suit together with Bonne Reijn and Sebastian Masuda. With a limited edition of only 200 pieces, you will be walking around in a unique Bonne Suits piece in no time. Perhaps you would prefer to join fashion designer Lisa Konno, she will be cutting into kimonos. Combining these traditional pieces with modern t-shirts with a twist. Want to do something completely different? Design your own monster together with the designer of Cool Japan, Harm Rensink. Perhaps it’s going to be Godzilla or a Yōkai from the traditional Japanese mythology?

Join of the many sessions with designers who find their inspiration in both Japan and the Netherlands. Create with the workshop “Cool Compositions” with stylist and fabric designer Mae Engelgeer. She advises Japanese producers on color- and material combinations when they are making a new fabric collection. The designer-duo INA-MATT will teach you the ways of the Japanese folding techniques in all its beauty and imperfection.

If you want to know more about the reciprocal appreciation between both Japan and the Netherlands, the speed-tour together with the curator of Cool Japan, Daan Kok, and exhibition maker, Rik Herder, might be the thing for you.

Tickets Mono Japan:
Mono Japan early birds: €8,50
Adult day ticket: €10,00 
Students (12-18 yr): €7,50 
Children under 12: free 
Passe-partout: €20,00