ROLE: Creative Direction, Video Production, SNS, Photo
DELIVERABLE: Video, SNS, Photo
DATE: JUL 2019
“WASO” is a Shiseido global skincare brand inspired by the philosophy of washoku (Japanese cuisine). monopo was responsible for planning and executing the 2019 AW season campaign, including the production and creative direction behind the social media communications strategy, key visuals, social media content, and the brand video for the campaign.
WASO: The Skin Care Brand Born From Japanese Philosophy
Containing high-quality ingredients derived from nutrients found in Japanese cuisine, washoku-inspired skincare brand WASO finds its roots in Japanese culture. To effectively communicate that essence to their targeted audience, the 2019 AW Campaign aimed to reinforce WASO’s brand philosophy to further engage a global audience. Targeting demographics spanning from younger Millennials to Gen Z, we developed a revitalized communication and creative branding strategy primarily focused on Instagram.
Delivering the “Character of Contemporary Japan” through the “YAKUMIX” Campaign
The 2019 AW YAKUMIX product launch campaign was inspired by colorful traditional Japanese spices and dishes such as wasabi and momiji oroshi (a traditional side dish of grated white radish and chili pepper. While there are many well-known and popular symbols of traditional Japanese culture, to better connect and sympathize with our target audience, we decided to focus on expressing the “Character of Contemporary Japan.” We found inspiration in “karuta”, a Japanese game which is not well-known overseas, as a creative motif to evoke a globally-minded, pop, and modern aesthetic.
Producing Various SNS-Friendly Content
In addition to brand and product visuals, our campaign strategy also included collaborating with various influencers, producing “karuta”-inspired content, and CG content. By diversifying the type of content, the six-month long 2019 AW campaign is able to continually engage and involve the target audience with the YAKUMIX concept.
In accordance with our creative concept, the brand movie we produced was inspired by karuta, a game that is well-known in Japan. The video features two cast members playing their own version of a skincare karuta match based off WASO’s step-free skincare.
While expressing both the power of simple ingredients and a pop-modern aesthetic which uses Japanese ingredients as inspiration, we focused on producing a colorful and playful aesthetic that could draw in a younger audience.
Our role: Creative Direction, Video Production, SNS, Photo
Creative Director: Lessa Chung(monopo Tokyo)
Creative Planner & Contents Producer: Asako Tomotani(monopo Tokyo)
Contents Producer: Kensuke Tanaka(monopo Tokyo)
Agency: NEWPEACE Inc.
Brand Vision Producer: Asuka Otani(NEWPEACE Inc.)
Art Director & Designer: Hiroka Hasegawa(H inc.)
Director: Kyotaro Hayashi(DRAWING AND MANUAL)
Assistant Director: Yuka Yamaguchi(DRAWING AND MANUAL)
Cinematographer: Ryo Saito(amanaphotography)
Light: Naoto Tanoue
Stylist: Bunta Shimizu
Makeup: Reiko Ito(SHISEIDO)
Hair: Jun Nakamura(SHISEIDO)
Art: Mayumi Okamoto
Food Stylist: Yuko Nakazawa
Model: RINA HAGAI
Sound: Satoshi Murai
Editor: Kotomi Kawasaki(IMAGICA Lab)
Production Producer: Hiroki Goto(wonderactive)
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