Hida ‐Takayama Contemporary Woodblock-Prints Contest, Japan

Publish Date: Jun 22, 2016

Deadline: Oct 31, 2016


Since ancient times, the culture of Hida Takayama has been intimately connected with the surrounding forests. One of the popular artistic traditions that our region has given birth to is known as Hida Woodblock-Prints. Although based on traditional techniques passed down over generations, this art form allows for limitless creative expression. Hida Takayama Contemporary Woodblock-Prints Triennale invites both domestic and international artists to showcase their technical innovation and creativity.

Type of print

Woodblock-print (if combined with other materials, the main element must involve woodblock-print) Digital printing is not permitted.

Application requirements and Judging procedure

  • This contest is open to the general public.
  • Each applicant may submit up to two pieces of artwork.
  • Artwork must be created after 2015.
  • Artwork which has already been exhibited elsewhere will not be accepted.

Primary screening

1.Photo format: Jpeg/ no more than 3000× 2400 pixels
2.Application forms can be downloaded from the website

Application forms must be written in Japanese or English (Block letters)

Secondary screening

Sheet size must be no more than 90cm x 90cm. Artwork should be mailed without a frame.
All artwork must be received by March 31, 2017.
All artwork will be returned to the applicant upon request (except for the winners of the
grand prize, semi-grand prize and award of excellence).

Application fee

Free (primary screening) 2,000 yen per piece of artwork(secondary screening).
A fee will be charged to the applicants for the secondary screening. Fee refunds will not be allowed. Applicants must pay all expenses related to the application and shipping.


Grand prize / 1 winner (500,000 yen)
Semi-grand prize / 1 winner (300,000 yen)
Award of excellence / 1 winner (200,000 yen)
Encouragement award / 5 winners (50,000 yen)
Hida Woodblock-Print prize / 1 winner (50,000 yen)
Cosponsors’ prize / 6 winners (30,000 yen)

Artwork that wins the grand prize, semi-grand prize and award of excellence will belong to Takayama City. Applicants will be notified of results in the middle of May 2017. No questions and objections about screenings will be accepted.


We are not responsible for accidental damage to submitted artwork. Applicants may wish to purchase insurance. We reserve the right to publish photos of artwork, profiles of participating artists and advertising. Awards may be withdrawn retroactively for violations of application guidelines, even after results have been made public.

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