Japan is one of the most technologically developed nations on the planet, and this advantage is at the service of sustainability to remain in the industry, producing, and continue to be a traditional country, respectful of culture. That's what Monozukuri is all about.
They are open to innovation, change, and globalization but also respect their origins, which is not debatable. From there, the Monozukuri principle is making things. It means manufacturing and production. Monozukuri emphasizes "mono," the thing that is made, and "zukuri", the act of making.
It's common to hear that Japanese production migrates towards the Monozukuri's principle aims to achieve perfection in the object and for it to last over time. It describes technology and processes integrating development, production, and procurement, including intangible qualities such as craftsmanship and dedication to continuous improvement. The art of manufacturing is not only about the object aesthetically or beautifully; it's also about that it has excellent quality and can extend its life as long as possible.
Some say the term has been relevant for hundreds of years but has only taken hold for a few decades. First, it was applied to traditional Japanese crafts, but currently, it's used in many different industries, combining high technology with their philosophy. Achieve that it is manufacturing ethically, aiming to achieve excellence, and, why not, perfection. Considering manufacturing as a whole, the materials with which we will work, the equipment, the personnel, and what is necessary for it are essential.
Monozukuri promotes sustainable and conscious growth while reaffirming Japan's reputation for producing quality production.
In the Japanese textile and clothing industry, another popular term is Mottainai. It makes a more significant reference to waste, the irrational use of materials. At Mottainai, the ambition is to maximize the use of materials to generate as little waste as possible.
Manufacturing must meet responsibility criteria regarding using natural resources to fulfill a society's contribution. Every day, more Japanese brands seek to produce using efficient, ethical methods and systems by this principle; brands that have migrated to cleaner processes, returning to traditional ideas, and using production techniques where technology becomes alloyed to reduce waste, environmental damage, and improve the quality of the product.
As Latin Americans, we have much to learn from Japan and its way of innovating business, acting with coherence and conviction while respecting its culture. Not just produce more but produce in a better way.
Our biodiversity should be something that we are not open to sacrifice. Beyond technological resources, each company can improve by selecting ethical, durable materials, improving production processes, and making them efficient so that the product reaches maximum quality.
Yuri Tokushige is the author of the illustrations for Le Pendant in this publication. Instagram: broccoli_t.art and @sparkle_ph06
Guide for you to abandon Ultra Fast-Fashion: https://www.lependant.com/shein/
More information about the Monozukuri principle: https://yougojapan.com/monozukuri-art-principles/
More information about Mottainai: https://www.forbes.com.mx/mottainai-o-la-lucha-contra-la-cultura-del-desperdicio/