Kyoto Manga Contest Offers Cash Prize, 1-Year of Tea Ceremony Lessons
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
A manga contest is hoping to entice aspiring artists with both a cash prize and some of the best cultural perks that Kyoto has to offer. The "Bokura no Kyoto" (Our Kyoto) manga contest is sponsored by the Kyoto-based publishing company Tankosha, a publisher that specializes in books about the art of tea making, tea ceremony, and traditional Japanese arts and entertainment topics. The publisher is holding the contest to find a manga that brings together the format's appeal while focusing on Kyoto.
Tankosha will give out several prizes to submitted works and the winners will be published together in an omnibus manga volume. Cash prizes include 500,000 yen (US$4,400) for the top choice, 200,000 yen (US$1,750) for the runner-up, 50,000 yen (US$450) for three honorable mention manga, and 50,000 yen for the special prize.
Winners can also select one option from a list of culture-related prizes like a year of tea ceremony instruction, tours around otherwise non-public cultural sites in Kyoto, a teahouse experience, the "supreme dinner" for two at a well-known restaurant, an overnight stay for two at a famous Kyoto inn, a two-week stay at a Machiya guesthouse, a tailored kimono, a dictionary and encyclopedia set, and more.
Submissions will be judged by representatives from Books Ogaki bookstores, Futaba Books bookstores, Junkudo bookstore, Sanseido Bookstore, Maruzen bookstores, and Quruli rock band vocalist Shigeru Kishida. The deadline of submissions is March 31, 2019.