Like many industries, design, art and fashion has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic — from major exhibitions and trade fair cancellations to drops in consumer sales.

But in Japan, there could be a fine silver lining to the disruptions. Not only has innovative design emerged from creators rethinking their roles in the evolving socially and environmentally responsible society, but Tokyo has also benefitted from becoming a show space for homegrown creations that would otherwise have debuted overseas.

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