Silver Spoon Manga Wins Japan Food Culture Contents Award
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The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced the winners of the first Japan Food Culture Contents Award on Tuesday. The Ministry honored the winners in a ceremony in Tokyo on Sunday.
The Ministry created the awards to recognize achievements of anime and manga in spreading awareness of Japanese food culture. The selection committee chose the winners from a pool of around 250 nominated or self-nominated works. The committee chose the the winners based on five criteria: cultural relevance, originality, novelty, story and reach.
Grand PrizeSilver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa
Gold AwardMoyashimon by Masayuki Ishikawa
Silver AwardNatsuko's Sake (Natsuko no Sake) by Akira Oze
Bronze AwardShinya Shokudo by Yaro Abe
Special Jury AwardOishinbo by Akira Hanasaki
Gold AwardSoreike! Anpanman created by Takashi Yanase and animated by TMS Entertainment
Silver AwardEiga Crayon Shin-chan: Bakauma—! B-Kyū Gourmet Survival!! created by Yoshito Usui and produced by Futabasha and TV Asahi
Kenichiro Senoh, president of the Industry, Academia Collaboration Initiative Nonprofit Organization, served as chairman of the selection committee. The other members of the committee are as follows:
Risa Aihara, CEO of Ai-Land. Co., Internet Service Producer
Masahiro Asami, CTO of Fuji Film Corporation
Masaki Enomoto, Mayor of Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture
Masumi Niwa, President of Designer Foods Co.
Naoki Higuchi, Professor of Hokkaido University, Superior Skill Station
Koji Mikami, Associate Professor of Tokyo University of Technology, School of Media Science
Kaori Mori, Professor of Rakuno Gakuen University, Department of Environmental Studies