French-Japanese Collaboration

The Dorayaki Project aims to enhance and value craftsmanship and craftspeople in Japan, France and worldwide. It takes inspiration from Japanese mindset, aesthetics and excellence, combined with French know-how and art de vivre.

How can Japanese craftsmanship help restoring harmony with oneself, with the others and with one’s environment? 

Project ambition: to create a new society modelling based on craftsmanship.

I. Field Research (March 2018 – February 2019) 

Field research in Japan and France. Total immersion. Interviewing, observing, taking pictures of craftspeople. Includes 3 months in artist residency in Sendai (http://moriumius.jp/en/)

II. Book (March 2019 – December 2019) 

Gathering and analysing the information from the field research (interviews plus pictures of craftspeople) and presenting the results into a book to be published by the end of December 2019.

III. New model of society based on craftspeople (December 2019+) 

Design a proposal to help (French and Japanese) craftspeople collaborate; exchange technical advice, make professional contacts, and share cultural views in order to support and ensure that their knowledge is transmitted to future generations.

Ideally celebrate the discovery of people, materials, cultures, and celebrate the story of craftsmanship in motion, between tradition and innovation.