Based in Portland, Oregon, we are a consultancy providing creative solutions to Japanese businesses.
We want to build meaningful connections and a borderless business community between Japan and Portland.
UPLIFT is the cultural concierge that satisfies cross-cultural curiosity: we connect the dots by finding and fulfilling mutual needs.
As the Pacific ocean connects both countries, we inspire, connect and uplift these cultures.
Portland is like one giant creative agency. We work with a carefully curated local group of experts from a diverse range of professions.
We thrive by connecting people and businesses. We connect Portland creators and Japanese business leaders to generate something greater together.
We collaborate with both sides of businesses to bring ideas to life and create win-win business models for everyone.
We are seasoned consultants that connect our network of creative talent from Portland, Oregon with aspiring Japanese businesses. We leverage years of professional and creative experience to provide complete support for Japanese companies tapping into the US market. Beyond business connections, we aim to create an expansive cross-cultural network that bridges Portland and Japan.
Born in Japan, Katsu Tanaka started his career as a Vintage Apparel and Sneaker Dealer while he was in college. He expanded his operation to export mid-century furniture, vintage American toys, and housewares. After his graduation, he founded a retail/gallery space, Compound, in 2004 in Portland’s Old Town district. In 2012, he created Kiriko, an original lifestyle brand specializing in vintage Japanese fabrics. Kiriko has been distributed over 50 different retail businesses worldwide and has collaborated with nationally-renowned brands such as J.Crew, Free People, and Filson.
Through his extensive experience in Portland, and his connections in the creative field, Tanaka founded Uplift PDX to create a portal that provides complete support for Japanese companies.
”We see evolving connections between the US and Japan as sound waves rippling out, and UPLIFT acts as the amplification.
The synergy that happens when two cultures collide creates beautiful collaborations and works, the same way that Vincent van Gogh’s painting style was heavily influenced by Japanese Ukiyo-e paintings or American Jazz music was heavily influenced by African rhythm, we aim to create conditions where both cultures can learn and create new emergent works that foster innovation and continue to move both cultures forward.Katsu TanakaFounder of Uplift
INSPIRED BY THE ORCA
Harmony, community, guidance: our values are inspired by the native symbol of the Orca, which traditionally acts as a guide to travelers.
Akin to the Orca, Uplift guides business leaders through Portland, ensuring they absorb the rich creative culture, inspiration and spirit that abounds in the Pacific Northwest.
The Orca is labeled the Lord of the Ocean by Northwest Native nations and is revered for its ability to travel away from home. As the ocean connects Japan to Portland, Uplift unites and guards over its clients who transverse to and from both continents, synergistically unifying both cultures. The Orca ensures safe passage – creating a prevailing connection. A ripple across the vast ocean.
Web: Kiriko Made, Compound Gallery
Languages: Japanese and English
Languages: Japanese and English