Thank you everyone for your amazing entries for the 20th 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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The year 2024 is the Year of the Dragon. The year of the dragon, the only non-existent creature among the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac, is also said to be a year of great change, new beginnings, and growth. We sincerely hope that this year will be a good one for all of you.

The theme of this year's photo contest is "The Charm of Japan to Spread to the World. We have selected works that capture the charms of Japan, from its seasonal landscapes to its food culture.

The COOL JAPAN VIDEOS photo contest will be held periodically, and we look forward to your participation again.

We hope that by submitting your photos and information about Japan, the charms of Japan will be conveyed to as many people as possible and that more people from all over the world will visit Japan.

We look forward to your continued support of COOL JAPAN VIDEOS this year.

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
"Aikura Gasshozukuri Village" in Toyama Prefecture with Snowy Mountains and Cherry Blossoms
"Aikura Gasshozukuri Village" in Toyama Prefecture is a national designated historical site and registered as a World Heritage Site. If you look down from the snow-covered mountain, you will see cherry trees.We have selected the works of original Japanese scenery that you can feel the transition from winter to spring as the grand prize.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Okinawan soul food Soki Soba
"Sumanume" is a restaurant with an Okinawan atmosphere that sounds like you're going to hear the sound of sanshin.It is said to be a very popular restaurant not only for local people but also for tourists.It's a masterpiece that I want to convey deliciousness to the world along with Japanese soba and udon.There are many local gourmet foods like "Soki Soba" throughout Japan.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
"Nishi-Azuma Mountain" Tree Icefield Across Yamagata and Fukushima Prefectures
Mt. Azuma in winter is called "Snow Monster" because it snows on conifers and looks like snowmen.It seems that people who have never climbed Mt. Azuma can enjoy tree ice while riding a lift.I chose one that captures the beautiful clear snowfield as a good work.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Burning Autumn, Fukushima Prefecture Bandai Azuma Skyline
Bandai Azuma Skyline is popular as a driving and touring course, and you can feel the dignified morning air and the movement of your mind looking at the superb view next to your motorcycle.The vertical composition from the road in front to the sky makes you feel deeper and grander.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
Showa Retro Hokkaido's Inari Koji
"Inari Koji" is full of retro vibes that are likely to appear in Showa movies, and colorful signs are lined up vertically and horizontally.You can enjoy nostalgic alley scenery such as a bulletin board illuminated by naked light bulbs."When I visited Obihiro, I chose this work that I wanted to stop by as a good one.
「COOL JAPAN VIDEOS」Photo Contest Honorable Mention
Judges' Comments
"Daihonzan Daishoin" in Miyajima wearing autumn fog
Kukai (Kobo Daishi) was opened, and "Daihonzan Daishoin," a historic temple in Miyajima, is also a temple where you can visit local warehouses such as "500 Rahan statues.""The scenery of Jizo-sama lined up in steps with autumn leaves, and fog floating in the sun must have been more divine and fantastic than the picture."
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