Announcing winners of Japan Day Art Contest 2018!!

Japan Day selects a Japan Day Official Artist each year, whose artwork will become the official image of Japan Day @ Central Park and will be used for our official poster, program, flyer and T-shirts. Japan Day Official Artist will also receive a special prize, a pair of round-trip economy class tickets to Japan, provided by ANA

This year, we received a total of 125 submissions!! Winners' artwork will be displayed at an exhibition space on the 18th floor of the Consulate General of Japan in New York after this year's Japan Day.



Kaori Murakami is a graphic designer, a mother of two, who was born and grew up in Kagoshima, Japan. She likes art and craft since childhood. After she she earned a B.A. in Art from California State University, Long Beach, she started her career as a graphic designer in Tokyo. After various life events, she is now living in NY. Raising kids keeps her busy, but kids' creativity always gives her inspiration. Based on her Japanese background, she tries to incorporate essence of Japan into her artwork. Lastly, it is a great pleasure for her to be part of Japan Day. 

KANA UEMURA AWARD - Monica De Fonseca


Monica De Fonseca is a New York-based Artist and Illustrator working with textiles, painting, and drawing. Her inspirations include nature, film, comics, and science fiction.

Her work is a combination of diverse creative knowledge, which stems from her education abroad in London at Central Saint Martins and Camberwell College of Arts. These institutions provided Monica with the academic liberty to experiment and learn a variety of art making processes. Since graduating in 2015 and returning back to New York, Monica strives to continue her creative practice and develop strong visual narratives, exploring themes of identity, illusions, and dreams. She is currently pursuing fun opportunities like the Japan Day Contest, freelancing, and continuing to develop her body of work.


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Lyubava Fartushenko

Lyubava Fartushenko, MDes, is a Canadian visual communication designer, illustrator, and researcher currently living in New York City. Her research interests include interdisciplinary learning and participatory design to promote creativity and social awareness. Her artistic practice focuses on the topics of nature and sustainable living, and she has previously exhibited her work in Germany, Canada, and the US. She has taught graphic design in various institutions and has worked as a design consultant for the Government of Alberta, University of Alberta, National Research Council of Canada, Sustainable Waterloo Region, and World Animal Protection.


Ana Knudsen

Born in São Paulo, Brasil, I'm an architecture student at University of São Paulo, divided between the architecture and the design área.
I believe that the two disciplines have a strong dialogue and I try to explore the concepts and learning of each one in every work accomplished. The interaction of different shapes and layers and the way of occupying space are constant concerns in my works, as is in the poster presented here. As I continue my studies, I hope to acquire more and more technique and knowledge, and I hope that this will continue to positively impact my artistic work.


Yvonne Kwok

Yvonne Kwok is a Hong Kong born, New York City based freelance visual artist. She received her BFA at Hunter College where she discovered her passion in painting. With her multicultural background, her work often merges Eastern and Western aesthetics and philosophies. In her professional life, she is a martial arts practitioner and teacher; one of her goals is to connect martial arts and visual arts through her artwork as she has found many similarities and connections between the two art forms.


Wendy Lei

Wendy Lei is a student at Baruch College studying and pursuing a BA in Graphic Communications. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she always had an interest in the arts. Inspired by the childhood cartoons she watched on TV, she would mimic different styles as she tried to discover her style. Throughout her academic studies, she's grown an interest in other creative fields such as graphic design and film. Her experiences, observations, and pop culture inspire her work. She's constantly curious about the world, and she's open to exploring various opportunities. Going forward, she hopes to continue creating art and improve as an artist.

JURORS (In Alphabetical Order)

  • Peter Ciaccia, President, Event, and Race Director, TCS New York City Marathon

  • Liam Kavanagh, First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Department of Park & Recreation 

  • David Revere McFadden, Chief Curator Emeritus, Museum of Arts and Design, New York

  • Cora Rosevear, Former Associate Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York    

  • Reiichiro Takahashi, Ambassador and Consul-General, Consulate General of Japan in New York (Honorary Chairman of Japan Day Inc.)

  • Kana Uemura, Singer-song writer <Special Juror>

  • Shingo Ueno, President & CEO, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas (President of Japan Day Inc.)

  • Kumiko Yoshii, President, Gorgeous Entertainment (Executive Producer of Japan Day @ Central Park)


Grand Prize winner < Japan Day Official Artist 2018 >:

  • A pair of round-trip Economy Class tickets to Japan provided by ANA*

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.


Kana Uemura Award winner:

  • A special prize autographed by the special juror

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.


Honorable Mention winners:

  • Digital camera provided by Nikon Inc.


In addition to all of the above, all winners’ artwork will be displayed at an exhibition space on the 18th floor of the Consulate General of Japan in New York.

*A pair of round-trip economy class tickets to Japan (JFK – Tokyo/Narita), exclusive of any applicable taxes and fees as well as travel expenses in Japan such as accommodations.