• World Events

    The 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States occur. US and British forces attack Afghanistan and the Taliban regime collapses. Terrorism and retaliation continue in Palestine and Israel. In April, Junichiro Koizumi becomes the 87th Prime Minister of Japan (and goes on to be re-elected twice, becoming the 88th and the 89th Prime Minister).

  • Graphic Design's Events

    Taku Satoh launches the "Anatomy of Design" series at Ginza Matsuya Design Gallery, and here, as in the previous year, the focus is on "everyday" design. The first Japanese version of InDesign is released. Kenya Hara receives the 3rd Yusaku Kamekura Design Award.

  • JAGDA New Designer Award

    Ryosuke Uehara(b.1972) Satoru Kubo(b.1969) Masayuki Terashima(b.1961) Nagi Noda(b.1973) Naomi Hirabayashi(b.1968)

  • ADC Grand Prix

    Victor Entertaiment. Inc., Johny Office Co., Ltd., Poster, Newspaper Ad., Graphic Design

  • TDC Grand Prix

    Eiji Yamada THE SOURCE

  • Media

    The Japanese version of Wikipedia is launched. The number of registered JP domain names exceeds 400,000. Fiber-optic and ADSL high-speed always-on connections begin to spread. The 3G telecommunications service FOMA is launched. Google launches image search service. Windows XP are released. The movie "Spirited Away" becomes a big hit.

  • Culture

    The iPod goes on sale. Charismatic hair stylists make headlines on TV and in magazines, triggering the subsequent "charisma boom." Universal Studios Japan and Tokyo Disney Sea open. A magazine coins the term “choi-waru oyaji" (a slightly naughty old guy). Shoulder-baring becomes popular in women's fashion.

  • Japanese Buzzword Award

    Kome hyappyou (100 bales of rice) / Seiiki-naki kaikaku (Reform without sanctuary) / Osorezu, hirumazu, torawarezu (Don't be afraid, don't flinch, don't let yourself be bound by anything) / Honebuto no hoshin (Big-boned policy) / TV wide show cabinet / The "pain" of reform (Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi)

  • Word of the Year


  • Hit Items

    Cyber-shot P1 (digital camera), Asahi Hon-nama (beverage), Ag+ (antiperspirant)

  • Pop Music

    Japanese Music Ayumi Hamasaki: “Voyage" KICK THE CAN CREW: “Marché" CHEMISTRY: "My Gift to You" SMAP: “Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana" (The One and Only Flower in the World)

    Western music Ashanti: “Foolish" Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland: "Dilemma" Linkin Park: "In The End" Avril Lavigne: "Complicated"

Exhibitions in 2001