“ONCE IN JAPAN” Photo Contest Results and Exhibition!

The Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is pleased to announce the results for the ONCE IN JAPAN photo contest. Contestants submitted photos taken in Japan of landscapes, people, or objects they thought were cool, cute, delicious, funny, and unique about Japan. Consul General Jun Yamada and Consulate staffs participated with other representatives from the community to judge and evaluate the over 190 photos from the 40 contestants.

Prize winners (first, second, and third) will be awarded the newest model of Canon cameras from contest sponsors Canon.

Prize winners’ photo, as well as 16 finalists’ photos will be exhibited at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco’s Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC) from Monday, August 8th through Thursday, September, 15th.

We hope you will visit our gallery!

Contest Results:

  • 1st Place: Kevin Frates “Kabukicho Sonata”
  • 2nd Place: Anthony Chuong “Traditional Wedding”
  • 3rd Place: Efrat Morag “A Young Geisha in the Streets of Kyoto”

  • Honorable Mentions:
    Kevin Frates “Kitsune”
    Amy Wang “Journey Into Spring”
    Amy Wang “Tokyo Street Scene”
    Edward Yang “Tokyo Blues”
    Edward Yang “End of Line”
    Anthony Chuong “Ramen Stands”
    Elaine Segura “Fukuoka’s First Pride Parade”
    Elaine Segura “Cat in Arita, Saga”
    Emma Wong “Tako”
    Emma Wong “Tsukiji Squid Man”
    Man Yi Ho “I love Doraemon”
    Kiel MacDonald “Viewing life Underwater”
    Andrea Lao “Yozakura”
    Flora Pui Ke Choi “OMO-TE-NA-SHI”
    Arnie Papp “New and Old Married Couples”
    Diane Jong “Communion”

Community Judges:

    Mr. Jun Yamada Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
    Mr. Hiroyuki Haraguchi Vice President and GM, CANON USA
    Mr. C. Lawrence Greenwood  President, Japan Society of Northern California
    Ms. Donna Kimura President, JCCCNC

1st Place

Kevin Frates
Kabukicho Sonata

Godzilla watches over the Kabukicho district of Tokyo. Kabukicho is a lively entertainment district in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo. What stood out to me was the chaos but organized nature of the city.

2nd Place

Anthony Chuong
Traditional Wedding

Entering into Meiji Shrine, the crowd stands off to the side silently witnessing this elegant traditional Japanese wedding.

3rd Place

Efrat Morag
A Young Geisha in the Streets of Kyoto

Took this photo in Gion, an old neighborhood in Kyoto. I was following a group of two Geishas accompanied by 5 men, probably on their way to dinner. They stopped for a moment next to a bridge with wonderful sakuras blooming in the background, and I could see the excitement in the young Geisha's eyes. She was just enchanting.

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