Ladies and gentlemen, good morning!
Finally, "the Tokyo International Gift Show WEEK" will start from today, Feb 1-10, a total of 10 days.
First of all, I would like to give a speech for the opening of the show as the organizer.
We are opening the Tokyo International Gift Show under the theme of " 'Creation and Discovery' the New Circle of Globalization", with a total of 2,597 exhibitors, within 2,321 companies are from Japan, and 276 companies are from 13 various countries and regions such as Italy, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Germany, Nepal, Bangladesh, USA, Hong Kong and Lithuania. We bring you the biggest show ever at the 123,110m2 halls, with 3,755 exhibitors throughout the Gift Show WEEK. I would like to thank all of the participants for making this happen.
Also, this year of 2017 will be a year of progress.
Ever since we've held "the 51st Tokyo Gift Show" using the West Halls, each time the halls had been always packed and some of the exhibitors could not fit in, even after we added the entire Tokyo Big Sight and Atrium. I would like to apologize for the inconvenience.
Our previous mission was "to provide the exhibitors better business environment and to offer the buyers beautiful and fascinating store displays".
But this time Feb. 2017, we present you the 10 days Gift Show WEEK including the exhibition fair with our new slogan, "from Japan's Largest to World's Largest".
Today, we are blessed to have so many guests to "the 83rd Tokyo International Gift Show Spring 2017 LIFE×DESIGN", as it started its first week from Feb 1 (Wed.) to 3 (Fri.) at the East Hall 1-3. "The 1st International Premium Beauty&Health Show" will be held from 6 (Mon.) to 9 (Thu.) at the East Hall 7. During the second week, "the 83rd Tokyo International Gift Show" will be held at the East Hall 1-8, the West Hall 1-2, and the Atrium, "the 55th Tokyo International Premium Incentive Show" will be held at the West hall 3-4, and last but not least, "the 21st Gourmet and DiningStyle Show" will be held at the East Hall 3.
The total display area covers 123,110m2 which is 1.5 times bigger than the previous events, you never find any other events with such scale.
As 300,000 participants are estimated to visit us, I strongly believe that this exhibition will be a successful and productive one for both the exhibitors and guests.
In addition, the Tokyo International Gift Show LIFE×DESIGN is opening today for the first time with 591 companies. 49 international companies from 7 countries and regions such as UK, Canada, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Denmark, and Hong Kong are attending this event.
The theme for this event is "New Trends in Lifestyle Design for People and Living ~Like Changing Clothes, Furnish House with Your Sense~" We thought about how we can design our lives based on our lifestyles. There are keys to make your daily life more comfortable by designing your favorite products like daily consumables, furniture, lamps, fabric, art or even fashion and elaborating with renovation.
This Gift Show LIFE×DESIGN is filled with such ideas to make your current life more fun and comfortable one.
The show is divided into 6 categories, "ACTIVE DESIGN & CRAFT FAIR", "ACTIVE CREATORS", "NIPPON BRAND FAIR", "The SOZAI Showcase", "RENOVATION ZONE" and "LIFE STYING", and each suggests you a new possibility of distribution system in order to dress up your lifestyle through renovating the design, traditional craft work, materials, empty residents and old houses.
Now, I would like to introduce you 3 remarkable events in the show.
First, "Glamping in Gift Show LIFE×DESIGN" brings you a new style of outdoor living. "Glamping (a fusion of glamour and camping)" has become a new trend not only within outdoor related industry but also among fashion and hotel related markets. We present you "Glamping" with a special space design which you will not find elsewhere. At this "Glamping" themed venue with a 4 meters tall olive tree in the center, we are hoping for all of you to make the most successful business deals ever by displaying various kinds of products from portable camping gas stoves, table wares, to solid precious wooden tables.
Second event is "IoT×LIFE Session Powered by ASCII". IoT products will be crucial for our lives in the future. In this event, ASCII, the IoT savvy company recommends you the fascinating IoT products which will completely change the previous technologies and redesign our future lives. At this event, you can check some IoT products such as a product that helps grandparents to stay connected with their far-off grandchildren any time.
Lastly, "Halloween Goods Zone in Gift Show LIFE×DESIGN". Recently, "Halloween market" has become a trend among the distribution industry. This is a 120 billion yen market, and it has doubled over the course of 4 years. We are focused on this huge market as it has become bigger than Valentine's Day. At the boots, we present you a new style of Halloween party with Japan Home Party Association. Please visit them and check out the new ideas for Halloween 2017.
Last year, we conducted a survey on renovation of houses and rental housing from approximately 800 of participants at the East Hall, in front of the business matching room. You can check the result of the survey on the panel. Please make sure to take a look, it would be helpful to understand what are on the house owners' minds. Also, please visit as many exhibitors as you can, and have proactive business talks.
With our slogan "from Japan's Largest to the World's Largest", we will make further efforts to manage the Tokyo International Gift Show in order to support our exhibitors' and visitors' success. I would appreciate your continued patronage. Ladies and gentlemen, please enjoy 3 days of the Gift Show starting today, and the 10 days of the Gift Show Week.
I hereby declare the opening of the 83rd Tokyo International Gift Show Spring 2017 LIFE×DESIGN.