Thursday, April 1, 2010

Virtual Bento Box Battle

As some of you may know, one element of j-CATION is the Virtual Bento Box Battle. It is “virtual” since you don’t have to attend j-CATION to enter. We have received submissions from Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hawaii and San Francisco (and a couple from NYC, too).

You can check them all out on the Japan Society Flickr page.

Although there was no strict theme to the challenge, we suggested a few ideas to get people started:

• The mission of Japan Society: “…to bring the people of the United States and Japan closer together in their appreciation and understanding of each other…”
• Imagery from the Japan Society Gallery exhibition Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the Arthur R. Miller Collection
• Representations of iconic Japanese foods, landmarks, customs, or public figures.

We are awarding the winners with some cool donated prizes, including a hot-water pot and rice cooker from Panasonic, photo printers from Canon, and bento box sets from MUJI.

All entries will be displayed on the website and on the flat-screen at j-CATION, so the world can see your wonderful work.

The deadline has been extended to Monday, April 5 so get crafty!

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