2022 “Once in Japan” Photo Contest Winners and Exhibit

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is pleased to announce the results for its 2022 “Once in Japan” Photo Contest. This year’s contest featured both the “Japan Category” for photos taken in Japan, and the “Local Category” for Japan-related photos taken in our jurisdiction. Over 150 photos were submitted across two categories, with entrants sharing the memories and stories of their unique experiences relating to Japan.

Consul General Noguchi, a representative of our prize sponsor Canon U.S.A., Inc., 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 U.S.A., Inc.

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

Contest Results

Colette English "Spring Day at the Farm" 1st Place Japan Category
Colette English
“Spring Day at the Farm”
(Nijukken Road, Shinhidaka, Hokkaido)
Peter Lin "Night Cruise on Lake Toya" 2nd Place Japan Category
Peter Lin
“Night Cruise on Lake Toya”
(Lake Toya, Hokkaido)
Bella Lin "Portal" 1st Place Local Category
Bella Lin
(Hakone Estate and Gardens, Saratoga, CA)

Honorable Mention (In Alphabetical Order)

Jennifer Renee Ceja
Melita Chan
Sharon C.
Andrew Cho
Erin Dockal
Brittany Lee
Caina Li
Chao Li
Erick Orihuela
Kelvin Wu

Exhibit Hours and Location

January 10 – Mid-March (Monday – Friday, except holidays)
10AM – 11:30AM; 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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