[News] Olfactory Training Device "yokun" Wins Product Design/Experimental Design at DNA Paris Design Awards 2023


"Yokun," an olfactory training device jointly developed by the Keio University Global Research Institute (KGRI) and the Graduate School of System Design and Management (SDM) has won awards in international design competitions.
The prestigious "DNA Paris Design Awards 2023," held in France, honored "Yokun" with two distinguished awards in the "Product Design" and "Experimental Design" categories.

Yokun has achieved awards from five countries with this win.
Looking ahead, the team will continue to focus on the continuity of training and pursue ongoing research and development as a valuable olfactory training device.

For more details, you can visit the official awards page.

What is "yokun"?:
In our daily lives, how aware are we of our own sense of smell?
When our sense of smell is impaired, we become insensitive to unusual odors and unable to detect harmful materials. Our sense of taste is also affected, causing a loss of appetite which can be detrimental to our health. Despite our sense of smell playing a vital role in staying safe and maintaining long and healthy lives, there is a problem: it is difficult to detect its gradual decline as we age. yokun, a word meaning "lingering scent," is a device that trains the user's sense of smell, effectively preserving it by encouraging them to differentiate between aromas. The jar-shaped apparatus produces a scented soap bubble that piques the visual senses before popping. The aroma that spreads from the popped bubble is picked up by the user's sense of smell, providing a fun way to practice using their olfactory systems. "Yokun": new healthcare for your olfaction.
- "yokun" site

About DNA Paris Design Awards:
The DNA Paris Design Awards is an annual design award ceremony held in Paris, France, that honors outstanding designers in various fields, including architecture, interior design, landscape design, graphic design, and product design. Established by the Farmani Group and the creative collective In Between to protect talent in the world of design and to recognize creativity in design worldwide.
- DNA site