Each year, the winner of the Grand Prize becomes the Japan Day official artist of the year, with his/her artwork becoming the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park. The artwork will be used for all collateral materials including event poster, program, flyer and T-shirts.


[DEADLINE EXTENDED] Monday December 31st, 2018 (11:59PM EST)

[THEME] New York, Japan and Central Park

[ANNOUNCEMENT] late March/early April 2019


·       Art must incorporate all of the following three themes: New York/Japan/Central Park.

·       Size must be 24" tall x 18" wide.

·       Art must be oriented vertically.

·       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. (i.e. 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 collateral 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 prize on the day of the event.


Grand Prize winner < Japan Day Official Artist 2019>:

  • Artwork used as official image for all collaterals of Japan Day 2019, including event poster, program, flyer and T-shirts.

  • Round-trip Economy Class tickets to Japan for two (2), provided by ANA (All Nippon Airways)*

  • Digital camera, provided by Nikon Inc.

Special Juror Prize winner :

  • One (1) night stay at Ogawa-shou, a Japanese-style Bed & Breakfast in North Granby, CT

  • Digital camera, provided by Nikon Inc.

Honorable Mention winners:

  • Digital camera, provided by Nikon Inc.

*round-trip economy class tickets for two (2) to Japan (JFK – Tokyo/Narita), exclusive of any applicable taxes and fees as well as travel expenses in Japan such as accommodations.

[JURORS] (In Alphabetical Order)

  • Michael Capiraso, President and CEO, New York Road Runners

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

  • Kentaro Okuda, President & CEO, Nomura Holding America Inc. (President of Japan Day Inc.)

  • 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    

  • Kanji Yamanouchi, 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)

  • Special Juror: Junko Kubo


Winners' artwork from Japan Day Art Contest 2018

Marcelo Maziero

Kaori Murakami


Monica De Fonseca


Lyubava Fartushenko


Ana Knudsen


Yvonne Kwok


Wendy Lei