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Wednesday 12 June 2024

Design Contest – UK-Japan Costume for the Emperor and Empress Dolls

Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan will be visiting His Majesty The King to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom in late June 2024. To celebrate this special occasion, we invite children to design a UK-Japan costume for a set of traditional emperor and empress hina dolls.

We're looking for designs which celebrate the special friendship between the UK and Japan. Send us your costume design for the dolls using elements which represent both Japan and the UK. You can use designs such as patterns in nature, national colours, symbolic animals, emblems and more. Have fun and let your creativity guide you!

How to Enter the Design Contest 

  • Download the entry form and template
  • Design the costume using elements representing both Japan and the UK
  • Incorporate at least one of the following: nature patterns, symbolic colours, animals, emblems.
  • Take a picture or scan a copy of your entry and email to
  • Anyone is welcome to send us their design, but entrants must be 16 or under and reside in the UK to be eligible to win a prize
  • This contest is generously sponsored by the Japan Centre. The lucky winner in each age category will receive a Japan Centre gift voucher as well as googies from The Japan Society.
  • Deadline Sunday 28 July

Visit our Contest Page for more details.

Planning some cultural activities this summer?

For those interested in planning some Japan-themed cultural activities this summer, you can find ideas and inspirations from our Imperial Visit Page. It is full of information and resources for all occasions - one-lessons, cultural workshops, or a whole Japan / Cultural Day event. The resources are great for schools and community groups for all ages. You can also find more information about the Emperor of Japan and the Imperial Family on the page.

Visit our Imperial Visit Page for more details.

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