The STATIONERY OF THE YEAR Award is the industry’s most valuable award which is given to selected stationery products.

Award-winning products will be chosen by the Screening Committee as below.

Enter your products to win this Award and promote your products widely to the market!

*The deadline has been extended due to COVID-19 disease issue.

STATIONERY OF THE YEAR 2020 Screening Committee Members

The Screening Committee, consisting of Japan's leading product designers and famous magazine editors,
will select 5 award-winning products (including the Grand Prix) for Functionality & Design category.

 < Chairman >
Dr. Kazuo Kawasaki

Design Director. Prof., Ph.D./
Professor Emeritus,
Osaka University and
Nagoya City University 

Ms. Hiroko Matsumoto

Director/Concentration Head
College of Art and Design
Joshibi University of Art and Design

Mr. Shigeki Shimizu

Editor in chief
Shumi no Bungubako
EI Publishing Co.,Ltd. 

Mr. Norihito Yasuda

Shogakukan Inc. 

Mr. Masamichi Takahashi


Scenes from 2019

How to Apply


●  Functionality Category - 5 Award-winning products (including 1 Grand Prix)
●  Design Category - 5 Award-winning products (including 1 Grand Prix)


Brand-new or renewal items released after June 29th, 2019 until end of June 2020

Pens, Pencils, Notebooks, Schedule books, Memo pads, Sticky notes, Masking tapes, Greeting cards, Files, Folders, Binders, Scissors, Cutter knives, Rulers, Staplers, Pencil sharpeners, Pen cases, etc.

Entries per company

Limited to max. 10 products / category

Entry Fee

6,000 JPY (tax included) / product

*Invoice will be sent after the online registration is completed.
*If you make an entry for both categories, you will be charged12,000 JPY (tax included).
*ISOT exhibitors will be charged 5,000 JPY / product.

How to apply

STEP1. Request Entry form  >Click here
STEP2. Register entry product(s) information by May 8


July 3 Deadline for registering your product info online
July 10 Entry product(s) and catalogue(s) must arrive to Show Management by this day
Early August Announcement of Award-winning Products
September 2 (Wed) 2pm -   Award Ceremony (The Grand Prix will be announced.)

Award-Winner Privileges

1.Exposure in Japanese leading media

Award Winners will be covered by leading Japanese TV shows, magazines, newspaper and website to attract attention from industry professionals and public.

Previous(2019) Broadcasts/Coverages(excerpt)

2.Exposure on official website & SNS

From the beginning of June, Award Winners will be announced in the ISOT official website and SNS page.

▲ISOT Official Website


3.Award Ceremony & product display at the Special Gallery

<Award Ceremony from last year's show>

On September 2nd 2020, the Award Ceremony will be held and the Grand Prix will be announced.The event attracts a high level of interest in the industry and many wholesalers, retailers and media gather up every year. Award-Winning Products will be displayed for all 3 days.
Exhibitors winning the Award will have extra exposure, encouraging more visitors to visit their booths.

4.Winners are highlighted in official Floor Map

Award-winners list will be on the official Floor Map. For exhibitors, it will lead visitors to their booths.

<Floor Map from last year's show>

5.Entitled to use the official Award logo

Grand Prix Logo Image

A trophy, certificate and official logo will be provided.
Utilize them to promote your product widely to the industry and public.
Many of these are seen in shops and also in e-commerce site.

Examples to utilise the Award logo(excerpt)

▲ on online catalogue

▲on website

▲on website

*The deadline has been extended due to COVID-19 disease issue.

Admission fee: JPY 5,000/person without this ticket. Those under the age of 18 are not permitted to enter.