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Person chopping watermelon in half for J-Talent quest
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Enter this online talent contest to win a cool Japanese experience package

You may not be able to visit Japan for a while, but this cute contest and prize is the next best thing

By Time Out in association with Japan Foundation

Chances are you or someone you know was in the middle of planning a trip to Japan in the near future. It's one of Australia's absolute favourite holiday destinations: it's close, it's cool and it's the epicentre of some of the world's biggest pop cultural contributions and obsessions. So naturally we're all a little miffed travel to Japan is well and truly off the cards for some time. Enter The Japan Foundation, Sydney, they've devised a very cute way to satisfy our wanderlust and keep our cultural appreciation afloat in the process – an online talent quest

The Japan Foundation, Sydney is asking for participants to show off their best Japan-related skill or talent (they're calling these "J-Talents") in a short video. It could be anything from displaying your exceptional sashimi-slicing skills to reciting a word for word scene from Battle RoyaleEntries must be no longer than two minutes and fit in to one of the J-Talent categories: language, lifestyle, traditional arts and culture and pop culture. Once you've made your video, fill out an entry form upload it to YouTube with the hashtag #JTalent and wait for the likes to roll in. A fan favourite winner will be decided from votes and ratings on the category YouTube channels.

And what about the prize? Well the Japan Foundation, Sydney has designed city-specific tailored packages that will bring Japan to you. Experiences will include (depending on your location) visits to hot springs, Japanese-style accomodation, shopping sprees and Japanese dining adventures. The fan favourite and distinguished entries will receive a prize pack including Japan Foundation, Sydney merch, Japanese tea, Japanese sweets, a $100 voucher at bookstore Kinokuniya, and more. The distinguished entries will also be offered the opportunity to profesionally perform and film their J-Talent in the Japan Foundation, Sydney headquarters.

Entries close at 5pm (AEST) on Saturday October 31. Read more about the talent contest here.





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