“Once in Japan” Photo Contest 2021 Winners and Exhibit

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is pleased to announce the results for its “Once in Japan” Photo Contest 2021. This year, for the first time, this “Once in Japan” Photo Contest introduced a “Local Category” for Japan-related photos taken within the Consulate’s jurisdiction. 60 photos were submitted across two categories, with entrants sharing the memories and stories of their unique experiences relating to Japan.

Consul General Kawamura and representatives of local Japan-related organizations selected the winning photographs. First and Second Place winners in the Japan Category, and the First Place winner in the Local Category will be awarded physical prizes from contest sponsor, Canon USA.

The finalists’ photos will be displayed at the Japan Information & Cultural Center’s gallery from Monday, January 10 through mid-March. We hope you will be able to visit our gallery.

Contest Results

Emma Ancel 1st Place Japan Category
Emma Ancel
“Hanami Huddle”
David Yuan 2nd Place Japan Category
David Yuan
“Art of Yakitori”
(Setagaya City, Tokyo)
Gloria Chew 1st Place Local Category
Gloria Chew
“Temple Gate”
(Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco)

Honorable Mention (In Alphabetical Order)

Shoichi Aoyagi
Rosalynn Auslander
Gary Chan
Becky Jaffe
Melissa Lobach
Shirley Lopera Lopez
Christopher Otoshi
Natalie To

Exhibit Hours and Location

January 10 – Mid-March (Monday – Friday, except holidays)
10AM – 11:30; 1PM – 3:00PM
Admission: Free and Open to the Public, Reservation Required for Entry

Location: Japan Information & Cultural Center (JICC)
Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
275 Battery Street, Suite 2100, San Francisco CA 94111

TEL: (415) 780-6085
E-mail: japaninfo@sr.mofa.go.jp
Hours of Response: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. (Except Holidays)

Please call or e-mail the JICC to reserve your entry date and time in advance.
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Except Holidays)

Note: If you contact the JICC by e-mail, your reservation is not considered completed until you receive a confirmation e-mail from our office. You may not be able to enter without the confirmation e-mail.

• All visitors must wear masks while inside the Consulate General of Japan and the JICC.
• Please also use the hand sanitizer provided at the entrance upon entering the facility.

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