A Japan Day Official Artist will be selected 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 pair of round-trip Economy Class tickets to Japan, provided by ANA

In addition, we will have an esteemed guest juror, to be announced, bestow one of our entries with a Special Juror Award, and we will also select several honorable mentions.

The grand prize winner, special juror award winner, and all honorable mention winners will each 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.


We are thrilled to announce that the singer-songwriter Kana Uemura is joining the contest as one of our jurors this year! She will select one of the entries as the special “Kana Uemura Award,” and the winner will receive a special prize!!


Kana Uemura is a Gold record-selling singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Japan. She has enjoyed much success over the years with her music being featured on popular radio and TV stations across Japan as well as publishing an autobiography. She is best known for her song "Goddess of the Bathroom”, an acoustic ballad about her grandmother, which became a #1 hit in 2010. That year she also won two Japan Record Awards: Best Song and Best Songwriter of the Year with her album “Pieces of Me”.

 She credits Julie Andrews performance in The Sound of Music as her inspiration to write, sing, and play music. Since signing with King Records in 2005, Kana Uemura has released nine studio albums, thirteen singles, an English songs cover album, and 16 music videos.


Wednesday, December 6th

11:59PM (EST)


All artwork must include;

  • 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 will be 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, Event, and Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon

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

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

  • Cora Rosevear, Former Associate Curator, 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.)

  • Kana Uemura, Singer-song writer <Special Juror>

  • Shingo Ueno, President & CEO, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (President of Japan Day Inc.)

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


Grand Prize winner < Japan Day Official Artist 2018 >:

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

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.


Kana Uemura Award winner:

  • A special prize autographed by the special juror

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.


Honorable Mention winners:

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.


In addition to all of the 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.

Click SUBMIT to send your artwork.


Winners' works from Japan Day Art Contest 2017

Marcelo Maziero

Marcelo Maziero

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Toma Vagner

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Kickie Chudikova

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Abby Goodman

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Huy Voun Lee

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Deepti Sonkar