• ddd moves to Namba, Osaka on May 24 and organizes the reopening exhibition "EXHIBITIONS: Graphic Messages from ggg & ddd 1986-2006."

  • World Events

    Subprime crisis occurs. The Ministry of Defense is established as one of Japan's administrative agencies. The National Referendum Act, a legal procedure necessary for constitutional reform, is passed. Mislabeled food products are discovered in various locations. Niigataken Chuetsu-oki Earthquake occurs. Yasuo Fukuda becomes the 91st Prime Minister of Japan in September.

  • Graphic Design's Events

    21_21 DESIGN SIGHT and Design Hub opens in Roppongi. The first issue of "Design no Hikidashi" (Graphic Inc.) is published. The activities of designers from agencies become prominent: Kenjiro Sano holds his solo exhibition "Ginza Salone”; Chie Morimoto leaves Hakuhodo to work independently; and Kashiwa Sato publishes his book “Cho Seiri Jutsu." Shin Matsunaga receives the 9th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award.

  • JAGDA New Designer Award

    Tadahiro Gunji(b.1978) Yosuke Kobayashi(b.1975) Tomoaki Furuya(b.1973)

  • ADC Grand Prix

    Ci, Space Design and Commercial Fims / SOFTBANK CORP. and SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp.

  • TDC Grand Prix

    Kazunari Hattori TAKEO DESK DIARY 2006 Vol.48

  • Media

    NTT DoCoMo terminates pager service. Apple introduces iPhone (without Flash support) and iPod touch. Google launches Android, a platform for mobile devices. Nico Nico Douga (beta) service is launched. Windows Vista is launched. Video sharing website YouTube (Japanese version) begins service. Hatsune Miku, a Vocaloid software voicebank, hits the scene.

  • Culture

    UNIQLO introduces HEATTECH, a line of clothing that becomes a big hit. The expression “KY" (kuuki ga yomenai, meaning unable to sense the situation ) becomes a popular expression. Tokyo Midtown is completed in Roppongi.

  • Japanese Buzzword Award

    [Miyazaki wo] dogenka sen to ikan (we have to do something [about Miyazaki]) (Governor of Miyazaki Prefecture Hideo Higashikokubaru) Hanikami Oji (Bashuful Prince) (nickmane for amateur golf player Ryo Ishikawa)

  • Word of the Year

    carbon footprint (UK) & locavore (US) subprime(ADS)

  • Hit Items

    Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Crocs, Billy's Boot Camp (exercise program)

  • Pop Music

    Japanese Music Kobukuro: “Tsubomi” (Buds) Hikaru Utada: "Flavor Of Life" GReeeeN: “Ai Uta" YUI: "CHE.R.RY

    Western music Fergie: "Big Girls Don't Cry" Gwen Stefani feat. Akon: “The Sweet Escape" Avril Lavigne: "Girlfriend" Plain White T's: "Hey There Delilah"

Exhibitions in 2007