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AXIS vol.203

February 2020
Cover Photo: Tamotsu Fujii
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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games were hugely influential in the history of Japanese design. Beginning with Yusaku Kamekura's posters that symbolized a turning point of the age, the design of stadiums, pictograms, and medals served to show that the hearts and minds of the people of Japan were as one, and were also an important opportunity to promote Japanese design to the world. Now, approximately half a century later, what kind of design will the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics create, and what will it bequeath to the coming generations. We take a close up look at highlights of the Tokyo Olympics and initiatives that reflect the age from the ideas of creators and designs packed into this big event that is at the same time a sports and cultural festival.
(Photo by Tamotsu Fujii)

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What is design as demanded by national events?
Asao Tokolo (artist) x Shunya Yoshimi (Sociologist)

Shunya Yoshimi, who stresses that "The Tokyo 2020 Olympics must do away with the idea of rehashing the Tokyo 1964," and Asao Tokolo, who designed the Tokyo 2020 emblems discussed what designers should think about and aim for in a national event on a national or urban scale. Their talk about the future doesn't end just with the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

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Gazing at the past and envisioning
— Gallery MUTAN

Appearing against the background of the vast skies of the Hokuriku region of Japan is a small gallery with even its outer walls and ceiling covered in stones gathered from the local area. With its powerful sense of presence emphasized in this rural scene surrounded by homes, one is immediately aware that this is indeed a special place.

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Ivy Ross and Google
— Designing technology to enliven our senses

Brightly colored fabric that feels good to the touch. The reason one senses a kind of warmth in Google's products in recent years is that they reflect the philosophy of the company's Vice President of Hardware Design Ivy Ross. Ross, who believes in the power of color, sound, texture, and scent, is attempting to return a sense of humanity to technology through the products of the world's largest tech company.

Kinya Tagawa's BTC Talk Jam
Kinya Tagawa's BTC Talk Jam

Guest: Makoto Tanijiri
(Co-leader of Suppose Design Office Co. Ltd.)

This series navigated by Kinya Tagawa of the design innovation firm Takram talks with top runners who connect the three fields of business, technology, and creativity. It closes in on the works, and ideas behind them, of those who will attract attention in future society.