The 204th Exhibition "20th Century Rimpa: Ikko Tanaka" is held in August to commemorate the quadricentennial of Rimpa. The 200th Exhibition "THE NIPPON POSTERS” is moved to the Special Exhibition Room on the 1st floor of the Hibiya Library & Museum in December.
Financial crisis occurs in Greece. The United States and Cuba normalize diplomatic relations. Legislation related to national security is enacted. The number of foreign visitors to Japan increases by 50% from the previous year. The Hokuriku Shinkansen bullet train line opens.
Graphic Design's Events
The fact that the Tokyo Olympics emblem design and the proposal for the national stadium were rejected raises public interest in evaluation criteria and management methods in design competitions. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan launches the "Japan House" project, an overseas promotion project, and Kenya Hara is appointed general producer. Seasonal advertising by M/M (Paris) for Shibuya Parco begins. Kenjiro Sano receives the 17th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award. Yasuhiko Kida (b. 1944) passes away.
JAGDA New Designer Award
Yuka Shiramoto（b.1979） Ryoji Tanaka （b.1975） Ryosuke Miyashita（b.1975）
ADC Grand Prix
Poster, General Graphics & Product Design, Space Design, Mark & Logotype / “KINKOF’ / KINKOF (KIGI x Mother Lake Products)
TDC Grand Prix
Nejc Prah The Avocado – Pecha Kucha poster / Super – Sonic Hardware Warehouse — Nejc Prah
Demonstrations against the security legislation by SEALDs and other groups grow in scale, and the influence of social networking services is pointed out. Naoki Matayoshi of the comic duo Peace wins the Akutagawa Prize for his novel “Hibana” (Spark). The SIM unlocking of cell phones becomes mandatory. Netflix starts its service in Japan. Windows 10 goes on sale. Apple Watch goes on sale.
A Little Drink menus increase at major restaurant chains. Blue Bottle Coffee enters the Japanese market, bringing third wave coffee shops to the café market. Gaucho pants become fashionable, and people with selfie sticks proliferate on the streets. The decluttering boom leads to the term "minimalist" for people who have only the bare minimum of possessions.
Japanese Buzzword Award
Bakugai (LaOX Co. President and Representative Director Yiwen Luo) Triple Three (Fukuoka Softbank Hawks baseball player Yuki Yanagita / Tokyo Yakult Swallows baseball player Tetsuto Yamada)
Word of the Year
Coconut oil, Minami-Alps Natural Water & Yogurina, and Meiji Probio Yogurt PA-3
Japanese music Kana Nishino: “Torisetsu” (User’s Manual) Superfly: “Beautiful" chay: “Anata ni Koi wo Shite Mimashita” (I Tried to Fall in Love with You) Gesu no Kiwami-Otome: “Watashi Igai Watashi Janaino” (No One is Me, but Me)
Western music Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars: “Uptown Funk” Ed Sheeran: "Thinking Out Loud" The Weeknd: "Can't Feel My Face" Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth: "See You Again"