Thank you everyone for your amazing entries for the 8th COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contest.
After thorough screening, we have decided on the prize-winning entries and will announce the results here.
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Greetings

Thank you everyone for your amazing entries for the the 8th COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contest - Winter in Japan -.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in the contest and submitted their beautiful winter photos.

This is the second time we have used the theme of winter in Japan, but there's still so much more beauty to be found in winter in Japan that we had no shortage of fun selecting the winners.

We will continue to hold 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
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
The Weeping Cherry of Gion in Maruyama Park, one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Kyoto Prefecture, and not far from Shijo-Kawaramachi and Gion, Kyoto's downtown area.
The cherry blossoms bloom in spring and are popular with many tourists, but this photo shows the beauty of the cherry trees in winter, and the weeping cherry bathing in the moonlight gives the viewer a sense of Japanese wabi-sabi.
We would like to award the Grand Prize to this photo, which exudes an overwhelming presence.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
This photo shows a group of children going to school with their colorful umbrellas highlighted against the pure white snow.
Children excitedly walking to school in the crisp morning air with snow on the ground; a rarity in Tokyo.
This photo, which reminded us of childhood, was selected as an honorable mention for its nostalgic feel.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Miyagi Zao Fox Village in Miyagi Prefecture is often featured on TV shows and commercials in Japan.
This photo shows two foxes innocently playing with each other in the snow.
We would like to give an honorable mention to these foxes, who are full of energy and covered with their winter coats that grow back around October each year.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
A photo of the Tokaido Shinkansen's bullet train "Nozomi" taken at Maibara Station in winter.
The bullet train cutting through the snow at Maibara Station is a scene that has remained unchanged throughout the years.
We would like to give an honorable mention to this photo, which practically tells a poem of winter in Japan.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Japanese eel fishing is a winter tradition along the Yoshino River in Tokushima Prefecture.
The fishermen catch the eel fry that gather around their illuminated boats, with the light of each boat causing the surface of the river to glow, creating a fantastic sight.
We would like to give an honorable mention to this photo that captures the beauty of a traditional Japanese fishing technique, a sight unlike any other.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Lake Nakamaki is located in the Hijiri Highlands of Nagano Prefecture.
The surrounding scenery reflecting perfectly off the surface of the water is what makes this photo so beautiful.
The tranquility in the air is palpable in the empty wilderness.
We would like to award an honorable mention to this photo of a breathtaking lake in winter.
Thank you
for all your submissions!
List of Past Photo Contest Results

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