Thank you everyone for your amazing entries for the 9th 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 very much for your amazing entries in the 9th COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contest - Japanese Events.

In Japan, there are many events that have been handed down for generations.
We had a lot of fun selecting the winning photos, as there were many unfamiliar events and festivals that we were not familiar with.
We hope that this photo contest allowed more people to learn about the charms of Japanese events and festivals.

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

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 Shiozawa Seppu Snow Festival is held every year on the third Saturday in February in Shiozawa, Minamiuonuma, Niigata.
This fantastic festival in the snow is held in honor of Bokushi Suzuki, the author of "Hokuetsu Seppu" and a literary figure of the Edo period, and to pass on the culture of the snow country.
We are pleased to present the grand prize to this photograph of a beautiful, traditional festival featuring magical flames burning in the snow.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The Kawarayu Onsen Yukake Festival in Naganohara, Gunma, is described as one of the strangest festivals in Japan.
Held every year from 5:00 a.m. on January 20, participants dressed in loincloths pour hot spring water over each other.
We would like to award an honorable mention to the following photograph, which captures a scene from the festival with such vigor that you can almost feel the hot water flying toward you.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The Ose Festival and Uchiura Fishing Port Festivals are held every year on April 4 in Numazu, Shizuoka.
It is an annual festival of Ose Shrine, which is worshipped by the fishermen of Suruga Bay, and features a boat carrying young men dressed in women's clothing as they dance to worship at Ose Shrine.
It is also referred to as one of the strangest festivals in Japan because of the lively dancing accompanied by music.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The "Menburyu" (masked float), held every September in Kashima, Saga, is a nationally renowned form of folk entertainment.
It is a festival to pray for a good harvest and to ask the gods to drive away evil spirits.
We have selected this photo as an honorable mention as it conveys the powerful appearance of a man wearing a highly detailed oni mask that looks as though it could start moving at any moment.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
In Japan, "Setsubun" is celebrated every year on February 3 and involves people throwing lucky beans while shouting "Oni wa soto, fuku wa uchi!" ("Demons out, fortune in!").
Since it was believed that demons would appear at the change of seasons, this event began as an exorcism to drive away evil spirits.

We have selected this traditional Japanese event, which is still observed today and passed down from generation to generation, as an honorable mention.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
A bridal procession, pictured here, is a ceremony in which the bride and groom and their relatives form a procession and walk slowly to the venue where the wedding will take place.
Although rarely seen today, it was a common and happy sight in the past.
We selected this photo as an honorable mention as it shows a bride dressed in beautiful traditional wedding attire walking gracefully, sharing her happiness with her family and friends.
Thank you
for all your submissions!
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