Open Call for Japan Jewellery Competition 2020

Open call  /  26 Dec 2019  -  06 Mar 2020
Published: 26.12.2019

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The Japan Jewellery Design Competition is a biannual event, that has been held since 1965. It is the biggest and the most historic Jewellery Design Competition in Japan. It has been seeking epoch-making jewellery and asking what is the value of jewellery that will lead to next generation.
We have held this event internationally several times in the past, and those were good opportunities to discover and assess Japanese jewellery in the global stage. Throughout these activities, this competition has been highly acclaimed by both the cultural and the design fields domestically and internationally. We are pleased to announce that it is again open for applicants from all over the world this year. We are aiming at bringing the jewellery to an even higher level by searching for innovative jewellery design together and introduce them to the world.
/ Japan Jewellery Designers Association

Entry Conditions:
Any kinds of material can be used. Entry is limited to original works that have not formerly been displayed or exhibited. Works that have won prizes in other contests are not eligible. The applicant can submit up to 5 pieces based on the same concept. The entries must be encased in a box, with a combined width, height and depth that does not exceed 600mm and weigh no more than 2kg.

How To Apply:
Fill out the online application form on the website by 6th March, Friday, 2020.
Results will be shown on the website. Rejected entries will be returned immediately.
(Applicants can either be individual persons, groups or companies. The applicants for the Under26 division must be 26-year old or younger as of March 23, 2020. The applicants aged 27-year old or over should apply for the General division)

Application Fee:
General division: JPY 13,000(approx. 107 €).
Under 26 division: JPY 7,000 (approx. 57 €).
Both including the JPY 3,000 (approx. 25 €) as returning postage.
PayPal payment is available on the online application form on our website. Payment deadline Fri. March 6. 2020.
The application fee is non-refundable once received.
Payment recipient: Japan Jewellery Designers Association (JJDA)

Invited juries: KATSURA Morihito/Holder of important intangible cultural properties. KAWAKAMI Noriko/Design journalist, FUKUOKA Shinichi/Biologist.
Lead judge Juries: KUROSAWA Shuji /President of JJDA. FUJITA Jurio/Director of JJDA. KASHIHARA Erina/Member of JJDA. MIKI Minoru/Member of JJDA.

Selection Criteria:
Creativity, originality, provoking ability, appropriate materials and precise technique.

Prizes and Awards:
  • Grand prize: JPY 300,000 (One winner).
  • Excellent prize: JPY 100,000 (Two winners).
  • Under 26 division prize: JPY 50,000 (One winner).
  • Overseas division prize:  JPY 50,000 (One winner).
  • Invited judges award (Three winners).
  • Incentive award (Several winners).
  • Japan Jewellery Association award (One winner).
*All of the prizes and awards except division prizes will be selected from all of the entries.

Key dates:
  • 6th March, Friday, 2020: Deadline for entry and payment (Online entry on the website /PayPal payment).
  • 13th March, Friday - 19th March, Thursday, 2020: Submission period(The entries must arrive during this time).
  • End of March 2020: The 1st and 2nd screening and result notice; the award winner announcement (Shown on the website).
  • 17th June, Wednesday - 21st June, Sunday, 2020: Exhibition in Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
  • End of June 2020: Return works.

Submission details:
  • Delivering address: JJDA 2020 COMPETITION Arai Bldg.8F, 4-11-7 Hacchobori, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0032. Japan Phone: +81-3-3523-7344.
  • Packing: Put a tag with the entry number written on the application form for every single entry. Make sure the tag is well set. Pack your entry appropriately to avoid damage during shipment.
  • Enclosure: Please enclose the items below per one entry in the box. Two photographs showing the entire body of the work. Write the entry number beside the image, and an indication of the top and bottom parts, write the entrant’s name at the back of the photos. If there is any additional description (i.e. how to wear it, etc.), please include extra photographs as necessary.
*Please don’t enclose any display stands.

Shipment, Return, Customs, And Insurance:
  • To the designated place in Japan, all of the shipping costs including handling fees, customs etc. should be born by the entrants.
  • We do not accept parcels from couriers or forwarders that charge custom duties on delivery(i.e. we do not accept any parcels of which all of the necessary transportation costs are not paid by the entrants).
  • The organizer will not bear any responsibility for accidents, damage, loss, or other problems that occur during the works transport to the submission venue. The arriving entries will be handled with the greatest possible care. However, the organizer will not insure the entries.
  • The entrants may optionally apply for the appropriate insurance. Please note that the compensation will be assessed by an insurance company and that they do not always provide  full compensation.
  • Please put For competition on the waybill.
  • The works will be returned by EMS (Speed Post) with insurance up to JPY20,000.

Entrants hold all of the rights regarding the entered works, however, entrant agrees to the following:
  • The organizer reserves the rights to exhibit the winning works and publish them in the official catalogue and advertising paper.
  • The organizer reserves the rights regarding the use of photo images and the information on the entrants in advertising media regardless of print or electronic forms.
  • The organizer reserves the rights regarding the interpretation and quotes in lectures and similar events.

Japan Jewellery Designers Association.

Handling of Personal Information:
The personal information of the entrants obtained from the application form will be managed appropriately in accordance with Act on the Protection of Personal Information of Japan. The organizer, Japan Jewellery Designers Association will only use the information of the entrants for correspondence relevant to this competition, and will not provide any third party with the entrant’s personal information without obtaining entrant’s prior consent.

The organizer will not accept any questions regarding the competition results. In any of the following cases, entries will not be judged; Submission of incomplete documents, unpaid application fee, late arrival of the works, breakage during transit, if an entry is regarded as a fake design, customs duty is claimed from the organizer.

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
Japan Institute of Design Promotion.
Japan Jewellery Association.
Japan Industrial Designers' Association.
Japan Interior Architects / Designers' Association.
Japan Graphic Designers Association.
Japan Craft Design Association.
Japan Sign Design Association.
Japan Design Space Association.
Japan Package Design Association.
General Designers Association Nikkei Inc.
Yayoi Asakura. Pendant: Untitled, 2016. Silver, leather, silicone.. Left: 40 x 50 x 4 cm; Middle: 40 x 50 x 4 cm; Right: 50 x 45 x 5 cm. Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition Grand Prize 2016. Yayoi Asakura
Pendant: Untitled, 2016
Silver, leather, silicone.
Left: 40 x 50 x 4 cm; Middle: 40 x 50 x 4 cm; Right: 50 x 45 x 5 cm
Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition Grand Prize 2016
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Noriko Matsumoto. Necklace: Untitled, 2018. Gold(K18), palladium, silver, cubic zirconia, pearl.. 61 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm. Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition Grand Prize 2018. Noriko Matsumoto
Necklace: Untitled, 2018
Gold(K18), palladium, silver, cubic zirconia, pearl.
61 x 2.5 x 1.3 cm
Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition Grand Prize 2018
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Nao Mizutani. Necklace: Untitled, 2014. Silver, stainless steel, gold plated.. Black: 20 x 20 x 7 cm; Gold: 19 x 19 x 5 cm. Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition Grand Prize 2014. Nao Mizutani
Necklace: Untitled, 2014
Silver, stainless steel, gold plated.
Black: 20 x 20 x 7 cm; Gold: 19 x 19 x 5 cm
Awarded at: Japan Jewellery Competition Grand Prize 2014
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