Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow

Design legacy of the first Asian Olympic Games.

A Japan House exhibition, Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow explores the pioneering design strategy and lasting legacy of the historic Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games, the first to be held in Asia, which are often seen as a turning point for Japan.

This exhibition shows how a group of young Japanese designers and architects harnessed the opportunity presented by the 1964 Olympic Games to reframe the country’s profile and tell a fresh story to the world. Their ground-breaking designs are important as they have informed the design principles of all subsequent major international sporting events.

Mentsen designed the exhibition displays and communication materials working with  curators David Phillips, Megumi Yamashita, and the Japan House exhibition team. Exhibition build by Sam Forster Associates, graphic production by Service Graphics.

Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow
5 August – 7 November 2021
Japan House London
101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA
Introduction and "Making the Games" section
"Designing the Games" section looking at graphic design of Tokyo 1964
Introduction and pictogram wall
Looking into "Architecture of the Games" from "Making the Games" section
Octagonal structure created to house "Tokyo in 1964" section