COOL JAPAN VIDEOS is always holding photo contests. In this article, we'll introduce some of the entries submitted to past photo contest, in which children were the subjects of the photos. Along with the photos, we'll also introduce related articles and other information.
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Children of Past Photo Contests
From the many entries to our past photo contests, we have selected some of the most wonderful photos that feature children.
A Tunnel of Cherry Blossoms and a Hint of Dandelions…
The warm spring weather and ephemeral cherry blossoms are simply enchanting. Even children are moved by the beauty of nature. A boy gleefully runs with dandelions through a tunnel of beautiful cherry blossoms. This is a work that warms the hearts of those who see it.
An Article on Kenroku-en Garden, Selected as One of the Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan
Summer Vacation Down by the River
A retreat from the crowds and an escape into nature to avoid the feeling of isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Summer feels just a little bit cooler while splashing around in a river hidden in the mountains! The sun shines through the trees like a spotlight on the children frolicking in the river.
An article on the NAGATORO AUTO CAMP SITE; Just 2 Hours From Tokyo
Summer Is Here! Straw Hats, Yukata & Ice Cream!
A girl enjoying summer and an exuberant smile! She's wearing her favorite straw hat and a yukata while munching on some watermelon ice cream! This picture, taken against a backdrop of rich greenery, depicts a vibrant summer. She probably broke out into an even more wonderful smile after enjoying some of that ice cream!
An Article on How to Wear a Yukata
Two Smiles in This Sunflower Field!
A boy in overalls and a tall sunflower standing side by side cheerfully. If you look closely, you'll notice both the boy and sunflower are smiling. The white T-shirt and overalls look so refreshing against the blue sky and verdure. It's a photo with which you can feel the excitement of a warm summer.
An Article About Sunflower Fields
Photographer: st situation
Location: Aina Satoyama Park (Kobe, Hyogo)
Good Old Japan... Watermelon on the Porch and a Cute Mosquito Coil
A shot of the Japanese countryside, taken at Aina Satoyama Park. It was also the location for the Rurouni Kenshin live-action film. The hanging onions, old-fashioned lanterns inside the rooms, and dog lying on the ground creates an atmospheric scene like something out of a Japanese painting.
An Article on Sightseeing in Hyogo Prefecture
Location: Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park (Toshima, Tokyo)
Splashing About in Tokyo
Children splash around with water guns in their hands under the summer sun. It's a scene that would make even the adults watching over them somewhat envious.
Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park is just outside the west exit of Ikebukuro Station. Located in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space, it's a place where many people come and go and various events are held there as well.
An Article About Hands-on Children's Experiences in Tokyo
Location: A Mikan Orchard in Tsukuihama (Yokosuka, Kanagawa)
Mikan Picking in Tsukuihama
In Japan, mikan are a common sight when the weather gets cold. Many children probably don't even know that mikan grow on trees. This photo captures a child enjoying picking fruit while surrounded by nature. The excitement can be seen in her eyes. Nothing tastes better than a freshly picked mikan straight from the tree!
An Article on Sightseeing in Kanagawa Prefecture
Location: Yasaka Shrine (Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
The Excitement After Getting Your Picture Taken on Shichi-Go-San
Shichi-Go-San is a traditional Japanese rite of passage for three- and seven-year-old girls, and 5-year-old boys. Featured here is a 7-year-old girl excited after getting her pictures taken while wearing a kimono, obi, and a hairstyle that she would have been particular of. A professional photo taken at a studio is something to treasure, but a photo where you can let loose and enjoy the moment is something special.
An Article on Autumn Colors at Eikando, Kyoto in Autumn
Snow Shoveling After Playing in the Snow
Children in areas that don't get much snow tend to be fascinated by the winter wonderland they see after opening their windows. After playing in the snow 'til their cheeks are bright red, they're eager to help with the snow shoveling! Their hard work shows how proud they are of their efforts.
An Article on Snowy Landscapes in Japan
A Little Oni With a Rattle Drum in Hand
The custom of bean-throwing during Setsubun, a traditional Japanese event, is said to drive away evil spirits and bring good fortune. At nursery schools and other events, children can be seen throwing beans at the ogres, saying, "Out with demons! In with fortune!"
However, the oni in this photo is so cute that you might be tempted to just give him a handful of beans. This is a photo of a cute little oni walking around in a good mood while spinning his rattle drum.
An Article on an Oni Banishing Ritual During Setsubun
Features of COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contests
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「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS photo contests are open to everyone! Here are some of the features of our current contest.
・Photos taken not only with SLR cameras and digital cameras, but also with smartphones and other devices can be submitted.
・You can submit as many photos as you like during the contest period.
・Image editing, such as cropping and color changes, is also allowed!
Here you can find all of the past photo contest winners in one place. You can also see the prizes for each contest, as well as the locations where the photos were taken and the judges' critiques.
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Current Photo Contest
The following is information about the current photo contest.
[Ongoing From March 2023] The 16th COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contest
Theme: Tourist Attractions in Japan to Visit in Spring
Submission period: March. 1, 2023 0:00 AM – April. 30 2023 11:59 PM(JST)
Prizes: ■Grand Prize: 30,000 yen Amazon gift card (1 Winner) ■Honorable Mentions: 10,000 yen Amazon gift card (5 Winners)
Tourist Attractions in Japan to Visit in Spring
Summary of Children of COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contests
Among the many entries to our photo contests, we thought that the children featured in some photos were very impactful. The smiling faces of these children are a source of inspiration. The expressions and behaviors of small children change in the blink of an eye, and it can often be difficult to capture the best moments.
However, out of the hundreds of photos you might take, there's sure to be one that stands out from the rest, and it's sure to be treasured for years to come.
We invite you to share your photos of Japan with the people of the world by submitting them to COOL JAPAN VIDEOS.