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We have the winner! -- Announcing winners and honorable mentions of Japan Day Art Contest 2016.

The selected artwork became the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park 2016 and is used for our official poster, program, flyer and T-shirts. In addition to a pair of round-trip Economy Class tickets to Japan provided by ANA, the contest winner will receive a 55” LCD TV provided by HitachiWinners of all awards listed below will be honored on the day of the event and their artwork was exhibited at the Consulate General of Japan from May 16th to May 27th.


About Artwork:

Japan. New York City. Central Park. These three places play a big part in my life. Japan is like a second home, when I visit my husband’s parents. New York City is where I grew up. Central Park is an oasis where I can go to relax. Before I began to sketch out my design, I asked myself, “How can I combine these three themes to create an enchanted landscape that people would want to visit?” I decided it was best to use meaningful Eastern and Western symbols: origami cranes, monarch butterflies and cherry blossoms. Cranes represent peace and everlastingness. Monarch butterfly is a North American species. No matter how far they migrate, they always come back home in the spring. Cherry blossoms, in Japanese culture, represent a beautiful, yet fleeting moment in life that can never be forgotten. Since Japan Day only happens once a year in NY, as well as on Mother's Day, I want my illustration to remind people to cherish those moments when every one of all races come together to have fun in Central Park. And just like the monarchs, I hope people will come back to the festival every year. Last, but not least, I am thankful to be a part of this joyous event.

Born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Huy Voun Lee came to the US with her family as refugees. She grew up on the Upper West Side playing with the scrap papers her mother picked up from the office. Huy traded in crying for many quiet hours spent paper-cutting, doodling, and folding. Her love for papers continued to fuse her creativity into adulthood. After graduating from the School of Visual Arts she dabbled in different types of freelance art before concentrating on writing and illustrating children’s books. In 2009, while teaching origami at the American Museum of Natural History as a volunteer, she met a community of enthusiastic folders, who inspired her to create her own models. Huy enjoys her free time walking around the city, biking in the park and volunteering in the butterfly vivarium at the American Museum of Natural History as an explainer. Some of Huy’s clients include Henry Holt, Chronicle and Abrams. You can see more of her works on or follow her on





"Her artwork incorporates the themes in a very creative way and I was moved by its simplicity and sophistication at the same time. I immediately fell in love with this piece! "



Charlotte Kate Fox, Actress and Singer-Songwriter

Earned a bachelor’s degree with a major in dramatic dance at College of Santa Fe , then received a master’s degree in drama at Northern Illinois University. Played the leading roles in plays such as Chicago and received high praise for her acting abilities and dance skills. In Japan, she starred as the heroine in NHK’s(Japan Broadcasting Corporation) morning television series “Massan” and will also appear this spring in the drama series “Our House” and the film “Kodai Family's People”.




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JURORS (In Alphabetical Order)

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

  • Charlotte Kate Fox, Actress and Singer-Songwriter

  • Eriyoshi Konno, President & CEO, Hitachi America Inc. (President of Japan Day Inc.)

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

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

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

  • Reiichiro Takahashi, 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 2016 >:

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

  • 55" LCD TV provided by Hitachi

Charlotte Award winner:

  • A special prize autographed by Charlotte Kate Fox

All winners including Honorable Mentions:

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon 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.