• DNP Gallery reopens in May.

  • World Events

    The euro starts circulating as the EU's single currency. At the first Japan-North Korea summit, Kim Il Sung apologizes for “abductions," and five of the victims return to Japan. Prime Minister Koizumi becomes the first Japanese prime minister to visit North Korea. The Japan-Korea World Cup is held.

  • Graphic Design's Events

    Morisawa's PR magazine "Tategumi Yokogumi" ceases publication. Kazunari Hattori draws attention for his design of the magazine "Ryuko Tsushin." Kashiwa Sato receives the 4th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award. Ikko Tanaka (b. 1930) passes away.

  • JAGDA New Designer Award

    Hiroshi Goto(b.1962) Kenjiro Sano(b.1972) Noboru Naito(b.1967)

  • ADC Grand Prix

    TOKUSHU PAPER MFG. CO., LTD., Graphic Design

  • TDC Grand Prix

    Stefan Sagmeister Sagmeister: Made You Look

  • Media

    KDDI launches Chaku-Uta, a ringtone service. Winny, file-sharing software using P2P technology, is released. The Xbox game console is released.

  • Culture

    As a result of the World Cup, attention is drawn to good-looking soccer players. There is a surge in the number of men with soccer player David Beckham's hairstyle. Rowdy, violent soccer fans called hooligans become conspicuous. Flat-screen TVs start to become popular. Layered clothing becomes popular.

  • Japanese Buzzword Award

    Tama-chan (a spotted seal) (the discoverer of Tama-chan, Yuji Sasaki, and Yuko Kurozumi of Fuji Television Network)

  • Word of the Year

    WMD:weapons of mass destruction(ADS)

  • Hit Items

    Abtronic (exercise equipment), Nicorette (quit-smoking products), Amino Supplement (dietary supplement)

  • 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 2002