The Roots of Monozukuri and Fine Tuning

DATE: MAY 24, 2018


Japanese cars have had a presence in the United States for over 60 years, challenging the domestic dominance since the 1970s.  Monozukuri (pronounced moh-noh-ZOO-koo-ree), “the art, science, and craft of making things,” is a concept that helps to explain the synthesis of Eastern and Western automobile manufacturing philosophies and methods.  Rooted in Zen Buddhism and Confucianism, monozukuri is cited as the reasoning behind the excellence of Japanese design, stressing obsessive attention to detail and constant streamlining and improvement of manufacturing and production systems.  The Roots of Monozukuri illuminates key aspects of monozukuri, focusing on creative engineering, craftsmanship, efficiency, endurance, and utility.

Showing vehicles that have never been shown before in America, the exhibit explores how and why Japan’s automotive industry has come to dominate the roads.  Focusing on the cultural interchange, the exhibit demonstrates the development of the symbiotic relationship of these economies and cultures.  The vehicles featured in the exhibit exemplify the creativity, innovation, craftsmanship, and continuous improvement, central to the long-term success of the Japanese automotive industry.

Visit the exhibit while it’s still here!

Japanese custom cars can be categorized into several styles, from classic tuners to wild and elaborate customs.  In conjunction with the Roots of Monozukuri, Fine Tuning: Japanese/American Customs seeks not only to expose the public to cars they may not see elsewhere, but to explain the ideological and stylistic conversation between Los Angeles and Japanese car customizers.