• World Events

    The whistleblower website WikiLeaks releases a large number of US diplomatic cables on the internet. Myanmar holds its first general election in 20 years, and Aung San Suu Kyi is released from house arrest. Major earthquakes hit Haiti and Chile. The Shanghai World Exposition is held. Yukio Hatoyama becomes the 94th Prime Minister of Japan in June.

  • Graphic Design's Events

    "Design no Genba" magazine and quarterly magazine "d/sign" cease publication. "Here is ZINE Tokyo,” an exhibition organized by Enlightenment, a creators’ group led by Hiro Sugiyama, begins. The Suntory Museum in Tempozan is closed. Katsumi Asaba receives the 12th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award.

  • JAGDA New Designer Award

    KISHINO Shogo(b.1975) NAGASHIMA Rikako(b.1980) YAGI Hideto(b.1975)

  • ADC Grand Prix

    Poster. Newspaper Ad, Commercial Film / “Corporation Advertisement” / ASAHI KASEI CORP.

  • TDC Grand Prix

    Why Not Associates Unseen Gaza

  • Media

    Cloud service Evernote and video sharing site Ustream launch Japanese-language services. iPad launched by Apple Inc. goes on sale. Photo sharing service Instagram launches its service. HIKAKIN gains attention for his human beatbox videos on YouTube.

  • Culture

    Lawson's Premium Roll Cake draws attention to convenience store sweets. Fathers who are active in child-rearing are called "ikumen," and celebrities with ikumen character are in high demand. Women wearing maxi (long length) one-piece dresses with a resort-like feel flood the streets.

  • Japanese Buzzword Award

    Gegege no ... ("Gegege no Nyobo” author Nunoe Mura)

  • Word of the Year

    big society (UK) & refudiate (US) app(ADS)

  • Hit Items

    Taberu Raayu (lit. rayu meant for eating), 3D movies, and smartphones

  • Pop Music

    Japanese Music Kana Uemura: “Toire no Kamisama” (God in the Toilet) Ikimono Gakari: "Arigato" (Thank you) flumpool: "Kimi ni Todoke"

    Western music Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg: "California Gurls" Bruno Mars: "Just the Way You Are" Ke$ha: "TiK ToK" Justin Bieber feat. Ludacris: "Baby"

Exhibitions in 2010