Thank you everyone for your amazing entries for the 3rd COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contest.
After thorough screening, we have decided on the prize-winning entries and will announce the results here.
Click here for the details page and contest overview


Thank you everyone for your amazing entries in the 3nd COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contest.
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for the numerous high-quality photos that were submitted to us, as in the previous contest.

The photos submitted by all of you were full of wonderful things that elicited a variety of emotions, including places to throw on your bucket list, the charms of winter in Japan, the beauty of snow and nature, photos that make you feel nostalgic, photos that remind us of our childhood, and more!

We are not professionals when it comes to photography, so we chose photos that we thought exemplified the theme "Winter in Japan," and that resonated with our judges.
We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to those who were unfortunately not selected.

Looking forward, we will continue to devise various ways to convey the charms of Japan to people all over the world and create a website designed with user friendliness in mind so that as many people as possible can enjoy the site.

We will continue to hold COOL JAPAN VIDEOS photo contests on a regular basis.
We hope that by continuing to encourage people to post information about Japan, more and more people will discover the country's charms and come to visit Japan after the world has overcome the coronavirus pandemic.

Thank you for your continued support of COOL JAPAN VIDEOS!

Announcement of Results

※In no particular order
There were some winners who were selected but we were unable to contact them.
If you were selected, please click the "Accept Prize" button to receive your prize.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Grand Prize
Judges' Comments
One of the most popular New Year's activities is kite flying
We're happy to see that this traditional game, which has been around since the Edo period, has been passed down to today's children.
The cold winter air and the warmth of the sun's rays are so gentle that it almost feels as if they're watching over you.
We'd like to award the Grand Prize to the photo that evokes said nostalgia.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The torii gate of an unpopular shrine in Beppu, Oita Prefecture.
This photo conveys the quiet of the snow and makes the viewer feel as though time has stopped.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The Kirigamine Highlands are a popular tourist destination in Nagano Prefecture.
This is a precious shot of both "Diamond Dust" and a "Sun Pillar," a combination of phenomena that can only be seen in winter under the right conditions.
This is one of those photos through which you can really feel the beauty of nature in Japan.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
A postal motorcycle riding through the antique streets of Hida Takayama.
Perhaps it's delivering New Year's cards through the quiet streets?
We thought it was a picture that conveyed the atmosphere of the Japanese New Year.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The Japanese macaque is the only monkey in the world that bathes in hot springs.
This seems to be a parent and child at Jigokudani Monkey Park.
You can feel the love between them from the photo.
The monkeys warming themselves in the hot spring in the harsh winter of Japan, which covers the country in snow for roughly 1/3 of the year, conveys just how present mother nature is in Japan.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Swans that have migrated to Nagano, Japan.
Migratory birds from the north come to Japan for the winter, spend winter in Japan, and return back north after winter has passed.
This photo shows the nature-rich Japan in winter.
Thank you
for all your submissions!

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