“ONCE IN JAPAN” Photo Contest Winners and Exhibit

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is pleased to announce the results for its “ONCE IN JAPAN” Photo Contest 2017. 50 contestants submitted photographs from their recent trip to Japan, sharing the memories and stories of their unique experiences in Japan.

Consul General Jun Yamada and community representatives judged and selected the winners from among over 230 entries. First, Second, and Third Prize Winners will be awarded the latest models of digital cameras from contest sponsor, Canon USA.

The finalists’ photos will be displayed at the Japan Information & Cultural Center’s gallery from Wednesday, October 25, through Friday, December, 8. We hope you will be able to visit our gallery.

Contest Results

1st Place: Longkai Zhang
"Children’s Day at Akutagawa-sakura-zutsumi Park"
2nd Place: Michael Staub
“Abare Matsuri Noto-machi, Ishikawa, Japan”
3rd Place: Karen Chu
“A-Bomb Dome to Remember”
Honorable Mention:
Courtney Beck “Oishii”
Spencer A. Brown “Hirosaki Castle”
Melita Chan “Koyo”
Ryan Ho “Scenic Battle”
Christopher Kilmann “New Years in Odaiba”
Kimberly Kolbe “Spontaneous Matsuri”
Benjamin Lee “Gachapon Galore!”
Kazuomori Lewis “Osaka Dotonbori”
Ferdinand Mabaet “Basking in Sunrise”
Robert J. Miranda “Mt. Fuji overlooking Tokyo”
Bryn M. Neuenschwander “Look- Don’t Touch”
Masaki Omori “Non-Stop”
David Polifko “Skyward Pointing”
Amy E. Richey “Commemorating a Night Out in Gion”
Jeremy Santiago “Spiritual Koyasan Woman”
U Kong Wong “Cuteness Overload”


Mr. Jun Yamada, Consul General of Japan in San Francisco
Mr. Hiroyuki Haraguchi, Vice-President & G.M. of CANON USA
Mr. C. Lawrence Greenwood, President of the Japan Society of Northern California
Mr. Robert Sakai, President of the Japanese Community and Cultural Center of Northern California

Exhibit Term and Hours

October 25 - December 8, 2017 (Monday – Friday, except holidays)
9AM - Noon; 1PM – 4:30PM
Admission: Free and Open to the Public


Japan Information & Cultural Center
Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
275 Battery Street, Suite 2100, San Francisco, CA 94111

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