Thank you everyone for your amazing entries for the 7th 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 for your amazing entries in the 7th "COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contest - "Autumn in Japan."
We would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who posted their photos of autumn in Japan.

We received a wide range of submissions of photos depicting autumn in Japan, including photos of nature, such as autumn leaves, traditional Japanese events, and even photos of children, and we had a great time selecting the winning entries.
We also learned new things about places and information that we did not know previously.

We will continue to hold the COOL JAPAN VIDEOS photo contests on a regular basis.
We hope that by posting information about Japan, more and more people will learn about its charms and actually visit Japan.

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 as a winner, please follow the proper procedures to receive your prize.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Grand Prize
Judges' Comments
Ginkgo trees at Iwagami Shrine in Hyogo Prefecture.
The yellow carpet and the ginkgo leaves dancing in the wind create an amazing, autumnal atmosphere.
The grand prize goes to this photo, which captures a rare and spectacular view that can only be seen during the autumn foliage season.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The harvest moon.
This year's harvest moon was especially full, and we were able to see its beautiful glow all over Japan.
Nowadays, it is rare to see offerings for moon viewing.
We would like to give an award to this photo, which captures a traditional Japanese custom passed down from generation to generation.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The Shushi Autumn Festival is held at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Dazaifu, Fukuoka, every year on the night of September 10th of the lunar calendar (October in the present day).
It is a festival to comfort the spirit of Sugawara no Michizane, the god of learning enshrined at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, and the shrine maidens offer prayers in the form of dances.
In the beautiful autumn moonlight, you can feel the traditional Japaneseness of the fantastic dances.
We chose this photo as it captures an event that continues to carry on the traditions of Japan.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Daisho-in Temple is a spiritual spot located in Miyajima, Hiroshima.
There are many Jizo statues here, and Jizo tours are a popular tourist attraction.
We were drawn to this photo by the "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" Jizo statues colored with autumn leaves and dressed in lovely autumnal attire.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The Tonomine Highlands are a famous place for silver grass in Hyogo Prefecture.
The best time to see it is from late September to early November, and the "Hyogo-Tomine Highlands Silver Grass Festival" is held to coincide with the best time to see it.
We chose this photo that captures the melancholy scenery of autumn.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Cylindrical rolls of straw spread out over majestic fields.
The bales, made of rolled rice straw, are used as compost or feed for cows.
Combined with the morning glow, it's a very atmospheric shot.
We chose this photo because it captures a precious moment that can only be seen for a short time after the rice harvest.
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