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The Japan Times Cube Co., Ltd. (President: Minako Suematsu) aims to help ensure that traditional Japanese culture is passed on to future generations and to introduce its beauty and technology both domestically and internationally by acting as a media sponsor for the first Ronnie Prize hosted by JapanCraft21.

JapanCraft21, an organization dedicated to the renewal of traditional Japanese crafts, in collaboration with the Asia Society Japan Center has launched a contest to identify an exceptional individual with the vision and talent to revive a traditional Japanese craft so that it flourishes in the 21st century. The contest winner will be awarded ¥5 million ($50,000) toward achieving his or her vision and will receive active support from a mentor group composed of experts in fields such as business, design, product development and marketing.

Contest rules:
Applicants must submit a brief project proposal for revitalizing a traditional Japanese craft that is functional and sustainably crafted. There is a ¥1,000 ($10) participation fee. Applications must be submitted to info@japancraft21.com by 6 p.m. JST on April 10, 2020. Application documents can be found at: www.japancraft21.com

The top 50 applicants will be asked to submit a more comprehensive project proposal along with additional information on their personal experience and background. Ten finalists will then be evaluated by our special panel of judges (see below), who will select the Grand Prize winner plus four runners-up. All 10 will be invited to present their project concepts at an awards ceremony in Tokyo, to be broadcast globally online.

Special panel of judges (in alphabetical order):

Yuji Akimoto
Yuji Akimoto
Shihoko Fukumoto
Shihoko Fukumoto
Eriko Horiki
Eriko Horiki
Tsutomu Horiuchi
Tsutomu Horiuchi
Masamitsu Saito
Masamitsu Saito
Reiko Sudo
Reiko Sudo

Further information on the contest is available at: www.japancraft21.com
Contest organizer: JapanCraft21, 163-7 Ichihara-cho, Shizuichi, Sakyo-ku , Kyoto 601-1123 Steve Beimel (Director), Keiko Kamei (Contest Coordinator)
Email: info@japancraft21.com

JapanCraft21’s mission is to identify viable but vulnerable Japanese crafts and assist, through clear strategy and effective action, in reestablishing the vitality of traditional craftsmanship.



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