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Sori Yanagi graduated in 1940 from Fine Arts College, Department of Western Painting. In 1952 he was awarded the First Prize in the First Industrial Design Contest organized by the Mainichi Shimbun Company (now the Mainichi Design Award). In 1957 he received the Gold Medal for his work exhibited by invitation at the 11th Milan Triennale Exhibition. In 1960 he became Executive Committee Member at the World Design Congress and in 1961 he was acting as a guest professor of industrial design for one year at the Kassel Design Polytech in the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1973 he was a member of the jury at the International Arts and Crafts Exhibition in Toronto (Canada). In 1977 Appointed Director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum. In 1980 a Sori Yanagi Exhibition was held with the sponsorship of the City of Milan in the Milan Museum of Modern Arts and in 1981 he was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon. In 1983 a Sori Yanagi Exhibition was held at the Italian Culture Center (in Tokyo). In the same year he was acting as a guest of industrial design at the Technical University of Bombay (India). In 1986 he delivered a lecture at the World Arts and Crafts Conference in Vancouver and in 1998 a Sori Yanagi Design Exhibition was held at the Saison Museum (Tokyo Ikebukuro).