Announcing winners of Japan Day Art Contest 2019!!

Japan Day selects a Japan Day Official Artist each year, whose artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park and will be used for our official poster, program, flyer and T-shirts. Japan Day Official Artist (Grand Prize Winner) will also receive a special prize, a round-trip economy class tickets to Japan for two, provided by ANA

Congratulations to all the winners, and a big thanks to everyone for participating. It has been a great pleasure receiving your beautiful artwork.


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Lyubava Kroll, MDes, is a visual communication designer, illustrator, and researcher. Her interests include interdisciplinary learning and participatory design as methods to promote creativity and social awareness. Her independent body of work primarily focuses on social and environmental issues. She has previously worked as a design consultant in Canada for the Government of Alberta, University of Alberta, National Research Council of Canada, Sustainable Waterloo Region, as well as a marketing specialist for WSPA/World Animal Protection and National Dance Institute in New York. She is currently freelancing, pursuing artistic opportunities like the Japan Day Contest, and continuing to develop her design, illustration, and research interests.  



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Jana Ireijo lives and works in Westport, CT.  After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she went on to graduate with an MFA in Painting from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.  She has participated in shows throughout the US and Europe, and currently working on a mural in Australia. A self-proclaimed 80's girl, her mission is to use the language of pop art to create work that is both personal and universal.


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Marcelo Maziero

Marcelo Maziero is a 3D artist/animator, who works for ABC News Good Morning America since 2009. He was born in Brazil, and since an early age drawing has always been one of his passions. After finishing art school in Brazil, Marcelo moved to NYC where he took animation classes at NYU to pursue a career as a 3D artist, since then he has worked on many projects for film and television. Since 2014, he has been studying Japanese language and culture, being a part of Japan day NYC is a great honor for him. In his free time, he enjoys wood working, designing, and building artisanal Taikos, Japanese style drums.

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Chiaki Yagishita

Born and raised in Yokohama City.

Majored in International Culture in college, and learned about Japanese culture and other different cultures. While working as a PC/DTP operator she learned graphic design and handicrafts, and also self-taught dressmaking.

Currently, she is distributing her artwork as a quilt artist in European and American contests and exhibitions.

She also participates in overseas online sales events for handmade goods, and creates colorful accessories as well. To her, "making things" is a joy and a life’s work. She is honored to be able to join Japan Day again in 2019.

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Jose Taira

Jose Taira is a graphic designer, he was born and grew up in Lima, Peru. His grandparents emigrated from Japan and they taught him everything related to Japanese culture. He has a BS in marketing, in his last semester he took design courses that led him to discover his passion in graphic design. After working in the marketing field, he decided to move to New York to study graphic design at Hunter College and NYFA. His sports experience, observations, and curiosity inspire his work. He is currently pursuing his career in the graphic design field. Finally, it was a great opportunity for him to show his art and be part of Japan Day NYC.


Jodie Rae Charity

Jodie Rae Charity is a New York-based Animator/Illustrator whose work has been featured in advertising and film for over a decade. In her spare time, Jodie enjoys spending time with her family, painting smartly-dressed animals in hats, designing clothing, sashiko stitching, creating stop-motion music videos and singing with her band. She has a deep appreciation for Japanese art and culture that can often be seen in her artwork, clothing and style. 


JURORS (In Alphabetical Order)

  • Michael Capiraso, President & CEO, New York Road Runners

  • Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Park & Recreation 

  • Junko Kubo, TV presenter and host <Special Juror>

  • David Revere McFadden, Chief Curator Emeritus, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

  • Kentaro Okuda, President & CEO, Nomura Holding America Inc. (President of Japan Day Inc.)

  • Cora Rosevear, Former Associate Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York    

  • Kanji Yamanouchi, Ambassador and Consul-General, Consulate General of Japan in New York (Honorary Chairman of Japan Day Inc.)

  • Kumiko Yoshii, President, Gorgeous Entertainment (Executive Producer of Japan Day @ Central Park)


Grand Prize winner < Japan Day Official Artist 2018 >:

  • Round-trip Economy Class tickets to Japan for Two, provided by ANA*

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.

 *round-trip economy class tickets to Japan for two (JFK – Tokyo/Narita), exclusive of any applicable taxes and fees as well as travel expenses in Japan such as accommodations.

Special Juror < Junko Kubo > Award winner:

  • One-night stay for Two at a Japanese-style B & B, provided by Ogawa-shou

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.


Honorable Mention winners:

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.