Japan Day Art Contest 2015


Thank you for all the submissions to the Japan Day Art Contest 2015!

All winners will be announced in early April. The selected artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park 2015 and to be used for our Official Poster, Program, Flyer and T-shirts. The contest winner will also receive a pair of round-trip Economy Class tickets to Japan.


Artwork must incorporate all three themes:

  • New York

  • Japan

  • Central Park


  • JPEG

  • Size: 24″ tall x 18″ wide

  • Under 2MB

  • Only two-dimensional media is accepted.


Sunday February 22nd, 2015 (CLOSED)



All winners will be announced in early April.



  • Art must incorporate all of the following three themes: “New York,” ”Japan,” and “Central Park.”

  • Size must be 24" tall x 18" wide.

  • Only two-dimensional media is accepted.

  • Only one submission per artist will be accepted.

  • All entries must be the original work of the entering artist. 

  • Artwork which has been submitted to previous contests and/or previously shown or published is not eligible.

  • Artwork does not need to include the Japay Day logo or any text related to the event.

  • Artwork that violates copyrights, intellectual property rights, and/or any related rights of a third party, is not eligible. (For example, the use of existing anime characters would be a violation of copyrights.)

  • Art must not contain explicit sexuality, violence, or any discriminatory elements.

  • The final layout and design of the poster, flyer and other publicity materials will be created and approved by Japan Day Inc.  Artist’s approval is not required for publication.

  • By submitting their artwork, artists grant Japan Day Inc. the right to use their work for the purpose of marketing, exhibition and other Japan Day-related uses.

  • Artists must be available to accept their awards on the day of the event.



This year, Jazz Pianist Senri Oe, who is widely known in Japan and is now based in New York City, is joining the Japan Day Art Contest as one of our jurors. A special “Senri Award” will be presented to one of the entries, and the Senri Award winner will receive a special prize autographed by Senri Oe.

Here is the messege from Senri Oe to all artists: New York is ever-changing. Life is fleeting, and there is only one “now.” I am looking for passionate pieces of art that let us experience the thrill and sensation of “living the present moment.” And in this city where many cultures intersect, I hope to see work that will break new ground, or, as the Japanese might say, “shoot an arrow” into the future. I am excited to see your energetic artwork!   


(in alphabetical order)

  • Douglas Blonsky, President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy and Central Park Administrator

  • Yasuyuki Harada, President & CEO, ITOCHU International Inc. (President of Japan Day Inc.)

  • 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, New York

  • Senri Oe, Jazz Pianist

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

  • Mitchell J. Silver, Commissioner, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation                             

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


Grand Prize winner < Japan Day Official Artist 2015 >

  • A pair of round-trip Economy Class tickets to Japan provided by ANA*

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Americas Inc.

Senri Award winner

  • A special prize autographed by Senri Oe

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Americas Inc.

Honorable Mention winners

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Americas Inc.

In addition to above, all winners’ artwork will be displayed at an exhibition space on the 18th floor of the Consulate General of Japan in New York

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