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August 2017

THE FUTURE BY DESIGN

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THEME FOR AUGUST
THE FUTURE BY DESIGN

In this month's Feature, we take a look at the past, present and future of Japanese design, with a focus in particular on how designers are responding to the challenges and opportunities associated with increased tourism and the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

FEATURES

"Japanese Design Today"-Into Tomorrow

An interview with Hiroshi Kashiwagi, professor emeritus at Musashino Art University

Simpler Signs

Japan has introduced a number of new pictograms to make getting around simpler for foreign visitors.

Design Resolves Issues of the Times

On the enduring significance of the Good Design Award

Sporty Tractors

A new breed of tractor is roaming Japan's fields.

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Vision

The ever-changing program of exhibits at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT highlights the possibilities for future design.

Universal Kitchenware

Elderly and physically disabled people can find a new joy in eating thanks to sensitively designed cutlery and tableware.

Hospital "Check In" Made Simple

A hospital in Sapporo has borrowed ideas from airport design to better welcome patients from overseas.

Culture Reappraised

An interview with Kenya Hara, graphic designer, curator and art director for Muji

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JAPAN-CAMBODIA SUMMIT MEETING

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MY WAY
The Garden Path

 

SMEs OVERSEAS
Braille for All

 

WASHOKU
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NATIONAL PARKS
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