Thank you everyone for your amazing entries for the 13th 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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After a long period of restricted activity, many people have once again started to experience the wonders of travel.
The theme of this photo contest was Japan Travel Memories.

We have selected winners from among the many wonderful photos taken on trips to various parts of Japan, particularly those that tell a story and capture the excitement of the trip.
These photos include theme parks, seasonal views, and traditional Japanese events that convey the emotions of the person taking the photos. The beautiful scenes, accompanied by the photographers' thoughts and other background information, helped communicate the emotion of their works even more.

We will continue to hold COOL JAPAN VIDEOS Photo Contests on a regular basis, and we look forward to your future participation.

We hope that by sharing information about Japan, more and more people will learn about Japan's charms and people from all over the world will come to 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
A Young Girl Gazing at Cinderella Castle at Night, Tokyo Disneyland
After counting down the days, her dream finally came true. One can only imagine how she felt while looking up at the magical Cinderella Castle, illuminated with colorful lights.
We have chosen this dramatic photo as the grand prize winner, a scene of precious memories for both the photographer and the photographed.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Fireworks Reflected on the Water at the Kihoku Lantern Festival
A fireworks display at the Kihoku Lantern Festival, a summer festival held in the town of Kihoku in Mie Prefecture. The beautiful fireworks that color the night sky and reflect on the surface of the water make for a beautiful picture. This photo makes us think of the many people who shared the excitement of the fireworks, and we can't help but wonder what their expressions must have been as their faces were lit up by the dazzling display.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Sayonara From the Ogasawara Islands
An island in Ogasawara, Tokyo, which takes 24 hours to reach by ferry. This is a photo taken as the ferry departed from the island and headed back to Tokyo. Yui NA's comment also expresses a feeling of longing to return. This work shows the connections that we have with others.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Sunset From a Boat
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge connects the city of Kobe and Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture. Here we see the sunset captured from the deck of a boat with the sound of the waves gently lapping at the hull. The sky and the sea are colored with a warm orange light. Although the sunset can be somewhat melancholy, for some people, the sunset can evoke a feeling of spiritual healing. This is a work that seems to soothe the mind.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Okama Crater on Mt. Zao
Mt. Zao, home to hot springs and ski resorts, is a mountain range that straddles Miyagi and Yamagata Prefectures. The circular crater lake is called "Okama," meaning "cauldron," because of its shape. On a clear day, the surface of the lake glows a beautiful emerald green. This picture, which shows a bright smile in cloudy weather, was created by Julius from Australia. It seems to have been one of their favorite travel destinations in Japan.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
The Yamaga Lantern Dance at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine's Tanabata Banquet
Women with traditional Yamaga lanterns on their heads on the approach decorated with gorgeous Tanabata decorations.
They dedicate their dances in a fantastic atmosphere. The Tanabata Festival and Tanabata Banquet, held for the first time in several years in Dazaifu, Fukuoka, must have shone brightly along with the wishes made on the tanzaku strips. Karufu's (かるふ) emotion is reflected in their work.
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