The application for the 1st Japanese Cultural Grand Prix was closed in March 3rd year of Reiwa, and many interesting works were gathered despite the restrictions of Korona-ka.
The first Grand Prix will finally be awarded this September, but what I would like to expect is a new one that will overturn the conventional wisdom while making use of the wonderful tradition of Japanese culture from next year onwards. It is a matter of submitting more and more works.
The reference is the power of culture and art that was overcome by innovations that had never been thought of before when confronting the plague that struck Western Europe in the 14th century.
Until that time, art was centered on large works (real estate) that could not be moved, such as mural paintings and large cathedrals. However, because people were no longer able to gather in such places to prevent infection, there was an increasing demand for small-scale works of art that could be displayed at home and taken out in the event of an evacuation. In addition, the art became popular with the general public as the artists began to make movables such as paintings and crafts.
The lesson of history is that such a big constraint as a pandemic gives us the opportunity to take on the challenge of possibilities we had never thought of before. Through various ingenuity, we will overcome this difficulty and create a new world of arts and crafts in the future, and we will do our best to send as many writers as possible to the world.
Thank you for your support.
Seiichi Kondo, Representative Director, Japan-Japanese Culture Promotion Project
The award-winning works and writers of the 1st Japanese Cultural Grand Prix have been decided. Despite the Korona-ka and the first event, many interesting works were submitted.
Eight judges carefully and rigorously judged from this submitted work, and the sunny Grand Prix, Semi-Grand Prix, Excellence Award, Student Award, and Special Award were selected. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone involved in this Grand Prix.
By the way, the application for the 2nd Japanese Cultural Grand Prix will start soon.
I sincerely look forward to works that are full of Japanese and Japanese high technology, aesthetic sense, and spirituality that should be passed down to the next generation.
We would like to ask all of you for your continued support for this activity.
Deputy Representative Director Osamu Shigematsu
We would like to thank everyone who applied for the 1st Japanese Cultural Grand Prix this time, and also thank the people who supported this project and the judges. I would like to say.
Japan's economic growth is about to reach its peak in light of the future population decline and the decline of the manufacturing industry. One of the paths Japan should take under these circumstances is to effectively utilize the cultural heritage that Japan has nurtured from the Jomon period to the present day and spread Japan art to the world.
We pray that the soft power of transmitting Japanese culture will become a big swell in the future. The 2nd Grand Prix will start soon. We ask for your continued support and cooperation.
Deputy Representative Director Masao Yoshida