The Japan Day Art Contest calls for submissions of artwork incorporating the themes of  “New York,” “Japan,” and “Central Park.” The winning piece of artwork becomes the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park and is used for the official poster, program, flyer and T-shirts.


The official poster features the winning artwork of the increasingly popular Japan Day Art Contest, which received a total of 128 submissions this year. Winners of all awards listed below were honored on the day of the event and their artwork was exhibited at the Consulate General of Japan in May. The official Artist also has received a pair of round-trip economy class tickets to Japan, provided by ANA.


This year, Director Amon Miyamoto, who is widely known in Japan and worldwide, is joined Japan Day Art Contest as our special guest juror. A special “Amon Miyamoto Award” was given to one of the entries.

“Japan has now been chosen to host the Olympic Games in 2020, which means that Japan will be even more deeply involved with the rest of the world. I am looking forward to seeing cool artwork that gives us a sense of a hopeful future, and that conveys a sense of contemporary Japan, while reflecting the influence of New York, which is such a sacred ground of arts!”

Artwork incorporates  three themes: New York, Japan, and Central Park



Born in Tokyo, Japan. Since her childhood, she has embraced creativity and made “Expression” her life's work. After graduating from a fine arts university in Japan, where she majored in painting, she began pursuing her career as a graphic designer. Through various forms of expressions as a designer, VJ, or Video Jockey, stained glass artist, painter, and many others, she creates freely without being limited to one approach or perspective. Drawing is the origin of expression, and her work evolves into video, stained glass, and 3-D work. As a VJ, she manipulates her original imagery to create an environment in synchronization to music, and holds regular events at famous clubs in Tokyo. Broken free from the traditional approach as a stained-glass artist, she thinks outside of the box. Amidst the battles and struggles against symmetry and theory, her stained-glass works emerge like abstract paintings. Maximizing her sensibility as a designer by combining ideas and artistic expressions, she produces work constantly. Her projects have drawn wide interests, and they are used in TV sets and retail design. In the future, she plans on holding solo exhibitions abroad in New York and Paris.



Matthew Rueger, oldest of three, was born on his parents’ anniversary in the summer of 1991. He fostered a healthy interest in the arts and sciences while growing up in Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island, cultivating talents in visuals and music that will last him the rest of his life. Matt is a proud recent alumnus of Northwestern University, where he graduated from the college’s RTVF program in the School of Communication. A long time native of New York, he is both honored and thrilled to be participating in this year’s Japan Day as he returns to his home state.





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(in alphabetical order)

Douglas Blonsky

President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Administrator

Sumio Kusaka

Ambassador and Consul-General, Consulate General of Japan in New York

(Honorary Chairman of Japan Day Inc.)

David Revere McFadden

Chief Curator Emeritus, Museum of Arts and Design

Amon Miyamoto


Cora Rosevear

Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Makoto Takashima

Managing Director / CEO Americas Division, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

(President of Japan Day Inc.)

Liam Kavanagh

First Deputy  Commissioner,
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Kumiko Yoshii

President, Gorgeous Entertainment

(Executive Producer of Japan Day @ Central Park)


Japan Day Official Artist 2014 (x1)

A pair of round-trip tickets to Japan provided by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

Nikon COOLPIX S9300 provided by Nikon Americas Inc.

Amon Award / Honorable Mention (x1)

Japanese Art Books selected by Amon Miyamoto

Nikon COOLPIX S9300 provided by Nikon Americas Inc.

Honorable Mentions (x6)

Nikon COOLPIX S9300 provided by Nikon Americas Inc.