Exhibition information

ginza graphic gallery Special Exhibition 2024 JAGDA Exhibition: Yusaku Kamekura Design Award and JAGDA New Designer Award

July 22, 2024 - August 24, 2024

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The Japan Graphic Design Association Inc. (JAGDA) organizes the Yusaku Kamekura Design Award and the JAGDA New Designer Award. This year, the two awards will be simultaneously introduced at ginza graphic gallery (ggg) with a focus on the award-winning designs selected from the entries in the Graphic Design in Japan 2024 annual.
     Visitors to the first floor of the gallery will be welcomed by the multitude of spirits featured in KAMIZU, a design by Issay Kitagawa, winner of the Yusaku Kamekura Design Award. In the basement, a world full of variety will unfold in the distinctive styles of each of the three winners of the JAGDA New Designer Award. We hope you will enjoy the 2024 JAGDA festival and the dash of color it adds to Tokyo at the height of summer.


ginza graphic gallery (ggg)
DNP Ginza Building 1F, B1F
7-2, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
TEL: 03.3571.5206  FAX: 03.3289.1389
Admission Free

Monday, July 22 - Saturday, August 24, 2024
Opening hours: 11:00am-7:00pm  
Closed on Sundays and holidays

Gallery Talk and Events

Some talks by the award-winning designers and guests are planned over the course of the exhibition. Please check out the gallery website or the JAGDA website for up-to-date information.

More Exhibition

"Graphic Design in Japan 2024" exhibition will be held at Tokyo Midtown Design Hub from Monday, July 1 to Sunday, August 25, 2024.


Graphic Design in Japan 2024 annual will be published by Rikuyosha in July,  2024. JPY16,500 (TBC)

JAGDA/ Yusaku Kamekura Design Award/ JAGDA New Designer Award

・Japan Graphic Design Association(JAGDA)
The Japan Graphic Design Association was established in 1978. As the largest design organization in Asia, numbering approximately 3,000 members, JAGDA carries out a range of activities to improve the communication environment through design, such as publishing the Graphic Design in Japan annual, organizing exhibitions and seminars, addressing design education, public service design, and regional development promotion as well as international exchange. The award exhibition featuring the winners of the Yusaku Kamekura Design Award and the JAGDA New Designer Award, selected every year from works included in the Graphic Design in Japan annual, will be simultaneously hosted at the ginza graphic gallery in Ginza, Tokyo.

・Yusaku Kamekura Design Award
Aiming to take graphic design in new directions, the Yusaku Kamekura Design Award, established in 1999, celebrates the achievements of Yusaku Kamekura (1915–97), who was highly influential in the world of design. The award is presented every year to the best design among the works included in the Graphic Design in Japan annual. Respecting the wishes of Kamekura, who pursued the artistry and essence of graphic design, the award honors graphic design that is universal and innovative.
     This year, the 26th award is presented to the KAMIZU art project and its designer Issay Kitagawa. KAMIZU communicates the spirituality, values, and ideas of Japanese culture to a wide audience by developing a range of items and events featuring characters inspired by a multitude of spirits. The project is developed in various ways through collaboration with shrines and long-established stores mainly in Kyoto, Kobe, and Tokyo. Hugely influential with the younger generation of designers since the 1990s, Kitagawa has created a project that has drawn high acclaim for its counterintuitive direction and outstanding creativity.

・JAGDA New Designer Award
Selected from entries included in the Graphic Design in Japan annual, the JAGDA New Designer Award is presented every year to promising graphic designers (aged 39 or younger) with a bright future ahead of them. The award, presented to a total of 125 designers since 1983, enjoys a high profile in the design and advertising community as a gateway to success in the field. This year, Mariko Okazaki, Shunta Sakamoto, and Agata Yamaguchi were selected for the 42nd JAGDA New Designer Award after a rigorous screening of 139 new designers eligible to receive the award.

The 26th Yusaku Kamekura Design Award

Awarded Work: Total design of art project, KAMIZU (cl: 8000000YA)
Award Winner: Issay Kitagawa

Issay Kitagawa, Representative Director of GRAPH Co., Ltd., graduated from the University of Tsukuba in 1987. In addition to visual design for diverse applications, he undertakes branding for myriad business and communication needs. He enjoys support from numerous corporate leaders for his superior design work – a potentially valuable management resource – and his creative ideas that contribute to sales target achievement and corporate image enhancement. Recent clients include Aiful Corporation, Hanamaruken (The Hanamaruki Brewery Koji Laboratory Project), and Honke Nishio Yatsuhashi. Kitagawa is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including the ADC Award, TDC Award and JAGDA New Designer Award. He has served on judging panels both in Japan and abroad, including for the NY ADC Awards and D&AD Awards, and has appeared on a number of Japanese TV programs.

JAGDA New Designer Award 2024

Award Winners:    Mariko Okazaki, Shunta Sakamoto, Agata Yamaguchi

Mariko Okazaki
Born in Tokyo in 1984. After graduating from Keio University, Okazaki studied graphic design at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. After gaining practical experience, in 2018 she started to work independently and in 2022 she established REFLECTA, Inc. Okazaki is strongly committed to contemporary art and other cultural fields, and she explores editorial/structural design based on observation and conceptual thinking.

Shunta Sakamoto
Born in Suita, Osaka Pref., in 1993. Upon graduating from Musashino Art University in 2017 with a concentration in Science of Design, Sakamoto joined Hakuhodo, where he is currently affiliated with hakuhodo DXD. Since 2020 he operates the creators club NEW Inc. In 2023, Sakamoto received a JAGDA Award in Digital Media.

Agata Yamaguchi
Born in Tokyo in 1988, raised in Fukuoka Pref. In 2016 Yamaguchi graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with a concentration in Design. After working for 10 inc., he established collé inc. in 2021.