Creative Communicators Sought!

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We are looking for creative communicators for the Local Creators’ Market Project supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. These individuals will assist manufacturers of regional crafts in promoting their products to a wider English-speaking market of consumers, buyers and collectors. 

The project period is January ~ March 2019 (subject to changes). However, you do not have to commit your time for the entire 3 months. You have the flexibility and freedom to decide when and how frequent to visit the assigned locality. For example, you can choose to stay in the region for an extended period of time, or commute on a regular basis, as long as the expenses are within the budget.

We will form a team with the administrative staff, creative communicators and artisans, where we will communicate on a regular basis to discuss your plans and ideas.

What You Can Gain:

  • Get in touch with traditional Japanese craftsmanship and learn about the stories from within.

  • Become friends with Japanese artisans on a personal level.

  • Communicate the passion and stories of the artisans and their crafts to the world.

  • Help pass down the sensibilities and philosophies of Japanese tradition to the next generation.

  • Be part of Japan’s revitalization movement of its traditional crafts industry.

  • Get your work recognized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.

  • You will be given 100,000 yen to cover all your expenses. You will be required to visit the assigned locality several times for this assignment.

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Duties:

  • Work with artisans and other stakeholders in the locality to identify and and develop stories that promote the area’s craft tradition, products, nature, history and food.

  • Promote the locality and its featured craft in English through established social networks, official websites and creative collaborations.

  • Interpret for artisans when interested parties from abroad visit.

Requirements:

  • Residence within easy access of the specified locality.

  • Native-level proficiency in English.

  • Level N1 of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) or equivalent.

  • Samples of published work (online or offline).

  • Superb communication skills: research, writing, presentation, J/E translation.

  • Genuine interest in regional craftwork and intellectual curiosity for the techniques, lifestyle, history and culture on which it is based.

  • Passion, dedication, integrity, respectfulness, service mentality.

General Flow of Registration:

Registration Closes: Nov 18, 2018

Skype Interview with Organizers: by Nov 30, 2018

Finalization of Communicators: Dec 7, 2018

Project Period: Jan ~ March, 2019

Official Website of Local Creators’ Market