• World Events

    Donald Trump is inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. North Korea accelerates its nuclear and missile development program, and tensions rise in Japan. The Moritomo Gakuen and Kake Gakuen scandals spread distrust of the government among the public. The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan is formed.

  • Graphic Design's Events

    Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art & Design opens. Kazumasa Nagai designs its symbol mark. Yoshishige Watanabe receives the 19th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award. Keisuke Nagatomo (b. 1939) passes away.

  • JAGDA New Designer Award

    Taichi Tamaki(b.1984) Haruka Misawa(b.1982) Yoshihiro Yagi(b.1977)

  • ADC Grand Prix

    Website Design, Music Videos / “INDUSTRIAL JP” / six small factories

  • TDC Grand Prix

    Jonathan Barnbrook David Bowie Blackstar Cover Design

  • Media

    The Nintendo Switch game console is launched. Genzaburo Yoshino's “Kimitachi wa Do Ikiruka” (How Do You Live?) (1937) becomes a manga and bestseller. The video posting and viewing platform TikTok begins service. The smartphone app "Snow" becomes popular. Fake news in the US presidential election draws attention. The virtual currency Bitcoin reaches a new high.

  • Culture

    Apple Inc. releases AirPods. "Meal Kits," which shorten cooking time, become very popular. Premium Friday begins. Shanshan, a baby panda, is born at the Ueno Zoo. The term "artificial intelligence" is heard more frequently. The number of book cafes increases throughout Japan. Music and words from the bubble era become popular as a result of a revival.

  • Japanese Buzzword Award

    Insuta-bae (instagrammable) (CanCam it girl) Sontaku (think about how someone feels) (Heso Production President Minoru Inamoto)

  • Word of the Year

    YOUTHQUAKE fake news(ADS)

  • Hit Items

    meiji THE Chocolate (confectionery), Kraft Boss (beverage), and Wrinkle Shot Medical Serum (cosmetics)

  • Pop Music

    Japanese music DAOKO x Kenshi Yonezu: "Uchiage Hanabi" Sakurazaka46: “Fukyo Waon” (Dissonance) TWICE: "TT -Japanese ver. -" SHISHAMO: “Ashita mo" (Tomorrow, too)

    Western music Kendrick Lamar: “Humble" Bruno Mars: "24K Magic” Ed Sheeran: "Shape of You"

Exhibitions in 2017