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 will also receive a special prize, a pair of round-trip economy class tickets to Japan, provided by ANA

Additionally, several entries will receive honorable mentions. All winners will receive a digital camera provided by Nikon Inc. Moreover, their artwork will be displayed at an exhibition space on the 18th floor of the Consulate General of Japan in New York. All winners will be honored at an award ceremony on the day of the event.




Sebastian has been active as an artist and art director, contextualizing Harajuku and "kawaii" culture into his work. He will select a piece from the submitted work as the special "Sebastian Masuda Award." The winner of Sebastian Masuda Award will receive a special goods signed by Sebastian and a digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.

Sebastian work



Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, 11:00PM (EST)


Artwork must incorporate all three themes:

  • New York

  • Japan

  • Central Park


  • JPEG

  • Size: 24″ tall x 18″ wide

  • 300 dpi

  • Two-dimensional media 

  • Under 2MB


  • 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 Japan 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. 

JURORS (In Alphabetical Order)

  • Peter Ciaccia, President, Events, and Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon

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

  • Sebastian Masuda, Art Director & Artist <Special Juror>

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

  • Kurao Onouchi, President & CEO, Mitsui Sumitomo Marine Management (U.S.A.), Inc. (President of Japan Day Inc.)

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

  • 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 2017 >:

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

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.

Sebastian Award winner:

  • A special prize signed by Sebastian Masuda

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.

All winners including Honorable Mentions:

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.

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.

Click "Submit" below and fill out the form with your artwork attached. 


Winners' works from last year's Japan Day Art Contest

Huy Voun Lee

Huy Voun Lee

Karen Kim

Karen Kim

Melissa Iwai

Melissa Iwai

Jie Li

Jie Li

Marcelo Maziero

Marcelo Maziero

Alpana Saini

Alpana Saini


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