Board President of Fab Lab Kamakura/Visiting Scholar at Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus
Since the launch of Fab Lab Kamakura in a 125-year-old sake storehouse relocated from Akita Prefecture in May, 2011, Watanabe has been engaged in project management at the organization. Their vision is the world where any individual can be a “maker” by using digital data and computer-integrated manufacturing equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters, and their workshops are aimed to deliver the joy and values of collaborative manufacturing processes and by offering creative experience using a variety of digital and non-digital equipment.
Realizing the importance of knowing the materials not only the manufacturing process, Watanabe and Fab Lab Kamakura, in collaboration with Whole Earth Nature School of Shizuoka, hosted the first Fujimock Fes in 2012 in hopes of revitalizing the Japanese forestry industry. In the event, over 120 participants entered into the forest with lumberjacks and experienced the whole process of manufacturing from obtaining the materials. Witnessing the positive changes in the participants minds throughout the event, Watanabe renewed her determination to continue hosting the event at least for a certain length of time, for she also knew it would require decades to actually revitalize the Japanese forests. Her current mission is to build a sustainable system and community for Fujimock Fes and to observe the changes in the people surrounding the even in a long term.
Fab Lab Kamakura’s mission is to contribute to promoting new styles of learning in the next generations and creating a world where innovations across fields are nurtured and encouraged. Our workshops are mainly focused on delivering the 21st-century style product-making which combines traditions and cutting-edge technologies and creating a new ecosystem of design and materials.