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You can never look at a child's artwork without smiling [OR, It is hard to look at a child's artwork without smiling], especially when it is brimming with joy and happiness. More than 620 such drawings and writings on the theme, "Things That Make Me Happy," were entered into the second "Statue of Liberty Art and Essay Contest" held by the Japanese Children's Society last summer. The first contest was held as part of the 2009 commemoration of the Society's 30th anniversary. This was done under the auspices of the Consulate-General of Japan in New York and Japan Overseas Educational Services in order to help children all over the world who are learning Japanese, or learning in Japanese, share their messages and thoughts, thereby fostering mutual understanding.

Thirty-seven pieces were carefully selected from the entries of the Second International Triennale Contest. Two "Ikuo Hirayama Grand Prizes" were awarded; one for an artwork and one for an essay. Ms. Michiko Hirayama, the Director of the Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum and wife of the late Mr. Ikuo Hirayama, agreed to serve as Honorary Chairperson and Judge for the contest. Mr. Ikuo Hirayama, himself a famous painter in the traditional Japanese style, had been the Chairperson and Judge for the contest in 2009.

The Award Ceremony for the Second Triennale "Statue of Liberty Art and Essay Contest" was held on Sunday, March 23rd at the Japanese American Association of New York. 37 prize-winning works were displayed there. Approximately 130 people, including prize winners from kindergarten to high school student levels, their families and guests from all over the U.S, Japan and Brazil gathered together. Consul Goro Watanabe of the Consulate General of Japan in New York awarded prizes to the happy recipients.

Starting from April 1st, all the award-winning pieces are on display at the Consulate General of Japan in New York for three weeks. Please come experience the "Happy Times" of children from all over the world.
  • < Exhibition Location >
    Japan Information Center Gallery, Consulate General of Japan in New York
    299 Park Avenue (between 48th-49th Streets), 18th Floor, New York, NY 10171
  • < Date & Time >
    April 1st (Tuesday) to April 25th (Friday), 2014 9:30 am to 4:00pm
    (*closed on weekends & holidays)
    ** Please bring photo IDs.
The Statue of Liberty Art and Essay Contest
• Organizer: Japanese Children's Society, Inc.
• School Principal: Mr. Toru Okamoto
• Address: 8 West Bayview Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632
• Phone: (201) 947-4832
• Fax: (201) 944-3680
• E-mail: triennale.nyikuei@gmail.com / info.nyikuei@gmail.com
• Homepage: http://www.japaneseschool.org
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