On Japan’s annual “Sky Day” – September 20th – a national ceremony was held in Tokyo to recognize the achievements of the three Japanese medalists in the 2022 FAI Young Artists Contest.
Haruto Hirayama was a winner in the junior category, with Ami Chiba winning silver in the junior category and Ruka Oji winning gold in the senior category. Of the three winners, Ami Chiba was able to be present to receive her medal and diploma from Mr. Shin, Vice President of the Japan Aeronautic Association, at the ceremony in Tokyo. Several aerospace representatives and guests from the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau attended.
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Japan has a long tradition of participating in the Young Artists Contest, and the competition is promoted through schools, art clubs and social media. Flyers were also sent out to air sports organizations for members to share with family. To encourage participation, a team award was introduced in 2021 to recognize each organization with two or more national winners.
An impressive 372 artworks were submitted by 14 schools for the 2022 competition, up from 310 in 2021. Junior winner Haruto Hirayama was also a winner of the 2021 competition.
Diploma of Ami Chiba
Congratulations to the winners
Japan is justifiably proud of the contribution and achievement of its young artists. Mikiko Miura of the Japan Aeronautic Association commented:
“In the closed atmosphere of the Covid-19 pandemic, many young people have challenged themselves to draw their own dream plane, which has made us happy. We are very proud of our three medal winners and thank everyone who took part in the competition.”
The FAI congratulates the three Japanese medalists and looks forward to the submissions from Japan at the Young Artists Contest 2023, whose theme is Air Sports and the Environment.
Japan’s three medal-winning artworks. LR: Haruto Hirayama (Gold, Junior), Ami Chiba (Silver, Intermediate), Ruka Oji (Gold, Senior)