• World Events

    The Kyoto Protocol enters into force. Avian influenza rages across Asia. A major earthquake hits Pakistan, killing more than 70,000 people. Relations with China deteriorate due to Prime Minister Koizumi's visit to Yasukuni Shrine, and anti-Japanese demonstrations are held in various parts of China. In Japan, a large number of falsifications regarding the anti-seismic data of condominiums and other buildings are exposed. The Aichi Expo is held in Aichi, Nagoya.

  • Graphic Design's Events

    The Society of Typography, Japan is established. Morisawa launches its annual license program "MORISAWA PASSPORT." Mitsuo Katsui receives the 6th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award.

  • JAGDA New Designer Award

    Koji Iyama(b.1967) Chiharu Kondo(b.1978) Takahisa Nnakajima(b.1971) Kazushi "SABI" Nakanishi(b.1965)

  • ADC Grand Prix

    SUNTORY / Commercial Film and News Paper Ad

  • TDC Grand Prix

    Andreas Muller For All Seasons

  • Media

    Youtube, a video sharing service, launches in the United States. Combined with the blog boom, personal postings on the internet spread. The Nintendo DS and Wii game consoles go on sale. The iTunes Music Store service is launched, bringing about a major change in the way people listen to music.

  • Culture

    Cool Biz Initiative starts in order to reduce the reliance on air-conditioning. The ICOCA service is launched. “Jukunen rikon" (divorces among couples who have been married for a long time) becomes a hot word originating from a TV drama. Curly hair becomes popular among young people, and the use of hair irons spreads.

  • Japanese Buzzword Award

    Koizumi Gekijo (Koizumi Theater) (then secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party Tsutomu Takebe)

  • Word of the Year

    UK: Sudoku / US: podcast(Oxford) truthiness(ADS)

  • Hit Items

    Steam cooker, WILLCOM flat-rate plan, kanten (agar) (diet food)

  • Pop Music

    Japanese Music AI: “Story" Kobukuro: “Sakura" (Cherry Blossoms) Def Tech: "My Way" Remioromen: “Konayuki" (Powder Snow)

    Western Music Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx: “Gold Digger" Gorillaz: "Feel Good Inc." Rihanna: "Pon de Replay" Kelly Clarkson: "Since U Been Gone"

Exhibitions in 2005