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HAPPENINGText: Yukiko Tokugi

In Marui Imai, writers from Hokkaido, and emeritus professor of Musashino art university Makoto Shimazaki, an interior designer, held Sapporo design relay forum. Edward Suzuki, Masayuki Kurokawa, and Hiromu Hasegawa were panelists, and they offered suggestions about how to make Sapporo a brand and culture. “Impression is culture” “Culture is not made, it grows naturally”. They gave good key words to help create an original Sapporo style.

During the 4 days, 15,000 people visited this event. Many people from Hokkaido and Aomori who had planned on going to Tokyo Designer’s Week, changed their plans knowing that they could participate in Sapporo Designer’s Week this year. And, for people who work with design, it offered a great chance to see others. It will be hosted the next 3 years supported by Organization of the Hokkaido Bureau of Economy, Trade, and Industry. This year, we had a great step to make the next great Designer’s Week. “How can we make Sapporo an original designer’s week?” “How about showcasing Sapporo’s original products?” They have many challenges to do. I can’t stop expecting to have a better “Designer’s Week” next time.

I really enjoyed the Stamp Rally during the event. It gave me a chance to talk to people in the stores while also giving me a prompt to think about how I can walk around the city efficiently. You could enter the drawing with 5 points this first year. We can choose a present from 13 items. Sweets, champagne… I Can’t Stop Entering the Drawing!

Sapporo Designer’s Week 2005
Date: November 3rd - 6th, 2005
Place: Show rooms, shops in Sapporo

Text: Yukiko Tokugi
Translation: Yu Murooka
Photos: Yukiko Tokugi

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