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 Royale. Entries 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.