Thank you everyone for your wonderful submissions to the COOL JAPAN VIDEOS photo contest.
We are pleased to announce the results of the rigorous review process to decide the winners.
Click here for the application page and contest outline


We’d like to thank everyone for submitting so many wonderful photos to the COOL JAPAN VIDEOS photo contest!
This was the first photo contest since the release of COOL JAPAN VIDEOS, and we were pleasantly surprised and grateful for the number of high-quality photos submitted to us.
We are not professionals when it comes to photography, so we chose photos that we thought exemplified the theme "The Beauty of Japan," and that moved us.
The selected photos will be included in our promotional video for the English-language release, and will be distributed worldwide.
We think we've made a great promotional video with all of your photos!
Lastly, we will continue to devise various ways to communicate the appeal of Japan to people around the world, and we will continue to make the site more convenient for as many people to use as possible.
We hope that by continuing to encourage people to post information about Japan, more people will discover the country's charms and visit Japan after the world has overcome the novel coronavirus.
With the release of the English version in November, many people from overseas will be visiting the site.
We hope you'll enjoy communicating with people from all over the world.

Thank you for your continued support of COOL JAPAN VIDEOS!

Promo Video Complete!

Announcement of Results

※In no particular order
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Grand Prize
Judges' Comments
This work matches the theme "The Beauty of Japan" and is a perfect fit for the Grand Prize.
The sentimentality of autumn, the wabi-sabi of Japan, and the modesty of Japan are all expressed in a single photograph.
The colors of the leaves and the colors of the kimono and Japanese umbrellas worn by the people match perfectly, making it a very attractive picture.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
As befits the name "Torii in the Sky," the composition and the presence of the torii is like a scene from a Japanese anime.
Also, I chose this photo for its ability to express the image of Japan as an island nation and a country where myths have remained since ancient times.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
I feel that this photo represents the solemnity of the Buddha and the Japanese belief in joining hands with the Buddha, which is something naturally ingrained in the Japanese spirit since childhood.
You can feel the freshness of the new greenery and the coolness inside the Buddhist temple from the photos, even in the heat of summer.
I enjoyed seeing the autumn version of this photo as well; it was as if I could feel the growth of the children.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
There are a lot of photos of Mt. Fuji, but this one is a rare and precious shot that is hard to capture. Perhaps it's the morning glow from Hakone.
The clouds over Lake Ashi in Hakone create a serene atmosphere, and the silence of a snowy morning can be felt in this photo.
I feel like I was able to see a new side of Mt. Fuji in this photo.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Green tea is one of the most popular beverages in Japan.
This photo is of Mt. Fuji and a rice paddy taken from the Shizuoka side of the mountain.
The faint outline, the contrast between the blue sky, snow-covered, Mt. Fuji, and the tea plantation is breathtakingly beautiful.
It's a piece that gives a sense of traditional Japanese culture.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
I felt that the glistening edge of the blade against the jet-black background was both beautiful and visually striking, and that the beauty of the Japanese sword was brought out to its fullest by housing the sword in a beautiful decorative case. Japanese swords are very popular outside of Japan, and the beauty of this sword is breathtaking, not only to the Japanese but also to foreign audiences. Furthermore, you can feel the samurai spirit of long ago from the decorated case, and the memories of the people who lived in the Warring States period can be felt through this sword. This work truly conveys the spirit of craftsmanship in pursuit of Japanese beauty.

In closing

As amateurs, we think it is presumptuous of us to judge the excellent photos taken by all of these photographers, but we have done our best to select the award-winning photos as judged by our amateur viewpoints.
We hope that by seeing your photos, people overseas who watch the promotional video will be able to feel the beauty of Japan and want to learn more about it.
We feel that we have been able to select photos that will communicate the beauty of Japan to many people around the world.
We are planning to hold more photo contests with different themes in the future.
Our goal is to make the COOL JAPAN VIDEOS photo contest known to those around the world!
We look forward to your future submissions!

Thank you
for all your submissions!
List of Past Photo Contest Results

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