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The aim of the CAMERA JAPAN festival is to introduce fresh and intriguing aspects of diverse Japanese (pop) culture, and hopefully breaking the cliche and stereotypes in process through the Japanese films, concerts, lectures, workshops, art exhibits and so on.
Besides being one of the three principal organizers of an annual Japanese film and culture festival in the Netherlands, I am also responsible for the creative direction of each new festival edition.
As a creative director, I am in charge of all the graphic aspects of the PR communications (posters, program booklet, flyers, website) and art exhibits.
I collaborate with artists, graphic/web designers, illustrators and photographers, and conceptualize the graphic approach for each year, then orchestrate them towards successful realization/execution, as well as designing and producing pieces myself.
CAMERA JAPAN Festival Posters 2014 edition“J-Dream”. The theme was focused on
fantasies and surrealism in Japanese cinema. Bonsai boat floating on ocean forms a surrealistic image of a skull. Collaboration with Idlebeats (http://www.Idlebeats.com)
CAMERA JAPAN T-SHIRT 2014
CAMERA JAPAN Festival Posters 2013 edition. “CONtradition”. Traditional Japanese patterns were used as motif for the graphics. Collaboration with illustrator Zeloot (Zeloot.nl)
CAMERA JAPAN Festival 2013 T-shirt
CAMERA JAPAN Festival Posters 2012 edition. “Japalicious”. Collaboration with a graphic/pictogram designer Asami Kiuchi
CAMERA JAPAN Festival Posters 2012 edition. “Japalicious”. Collaboration with a graphic/pictogram designer Asami Kiuchi
CAMERA JAPAN 2012 apron.
CAMERA JAPAN Festival Posters 2011 edition. The theme: “Made in Japan?”. Winner at AdPrint Festival 2012- Category “ART, CULTURE, MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT” (www.adprint.ro). Illustration by Idebeats.
CAMERA JAPAN Festival Posters 2011 edition. The theme: “Made in Japan?”. Winner at AdPrint Festival 2012- Category “ART, CULTURE, MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT” (www.adprint.ro). Illustration by Idebeats.
CAMERA JAPAN Festival 2011 T-shirt
2010 festival posters. Theme “Pleasure & Pain”. Collaboration with photographer Kaoru Yamada.
2010 festival posters. Theme “Pleasure & Pain”. Collaboration with photographer Kaoru Yamada.
CAMERA JAPAN Festival 2009 poster- Girl (Illustration: Mademoiselle Annette) - Reflecting the fact that CAMERA JAPAN's home base Rotterdam was chosen to be "European Youth Capital 2009", CAMERA JAPAN 2009 programmed many youth specific films and special events catering to that demographic group under the theme "New Playgrounds." Child-like, humorous yet slightly sinister illustrations by Brussel-based Mademoiselle Annette were crucial elements for this year's graphics. The logos and letter types were hand-drawn to create a child-like / friendly feel as well.
CAMERA JAPAN Festival 2009 poster- Boy (Illustration: Mademoiselle Annette) - Reflecting the fact that CAMERA JAPAN's home base Rotterdam was chosen to be "European Youth Capital 2009", CAMERA JAPAN 2009 programmed many youth specific films and special events catering to that demographic group under the theme "New Playgrounds." Child-like, humorous yet slightly sinister illustrations by Brussel-based Mademoiselle Annette were crucial elements for this year's graphics. The logos and letter types were hand-drawn to create a child-like / friendly feel as well.
CAMERA JAPAN Festival 2009 T-SHIRTS
Post Card CAMERA JAPAN 2009 (Illustration: Mademoiselle Annette) - Japanese text: Ee maji?
You're kidding, really?!
Post Card CAMERA JAPAN 2009 (Illustration: Mademoiselle Annette) - Japanese Text: Yadaaa kawaisugi!
'Oh no! It's too cute!' (Young Japanese girls say this a lot)
Post Card CAMERA JAPAN 2009 (Illustration: Mademoiselle Annette) - Japanese text: Usso honma?
You're kidding, really?! (in Osaka dialect)
Post Card CAMERA JAPAN 2009 (Illustration: Mademoiselle Annette) - Japanese text: Hai. Pero pero!
'Here, lick lick!' (Peropero is an onomatopoeia for licking something.)
CAMERA JAPAN 2008 poster (Photo by Kaoru Yamada)- Winner at Adprint Festival. http://www.adprint.ro/editions/winners/10 - In addition to the returning locations from 2007 events (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Den Haag, Leiden and Utrecht), the third edition of the festival in 2008 takes place in more locations in the Netherlands (Marstricht, Breda and Doordrecht) and go abroad for the first time (Brussels, Belgium). CAMERA JAPAN has now become the biggest Japan related festival in Benelux countries.
CAMERA JAPAN 2008 poster (Collaboration with Olivia Grandperrin & Prudence Dudan)
CAMERA JAPAN 2008 poster (Collaboration with Olivia Grandperrin & Prudence Dudan)
CAMERA JAPAN Festival 2008: Fold-out agenda flyer/poster
CAMERA JAPAN Festival 2008: Fold-out agenda flyer/poster
CAMERA JAPAN poster 2007.
CAMERA JAPAN Festival T-shirts 2007
CAMERA JAPAN Festival T-shirts 2007
CAMERA JAPAN Poster 2006 (collaboration with Ludvig Gustafson)
Camera Japan Festival 2015 poster. This was our 10th edition. Thus the graphic concept was based around "10" and geisha's lip make-up.
Collaboration with graphic designer Kekfeng Lee.
Camera Japan Festival 2016 poster. This year's theme was 'comedy'. That's why there are many smiley/laughing faces on this poster. Collaboration with Beijing based illustrator Chong Zeng.
Camera Japan 2016 website banner. Collaboration with Beijing based illustrator Chong Zeng.
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CAMERA JAPAN Festival

Organize an annual Japanese film and culture festival in the Netherlands. Make selections of film, music & dance programs and curate/produce art events & exhibitions. Conceptualize all the graphic aspects of the PR communications (posters,
program booklet, flyers, website). Collaborate with and orchestrate artists, graphic/web designers, illustrators and
photographers towards successful results. Within its 9 years of existence CAMERA JAPAN has grown into the largest
and most insightful Japan-related festival in the Benelux with an annual audience of over 10,000 visitors.

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