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Thank you for entering the Aki Matsuri T-shirt Design Contest.

We are very happy to have received 14 entries and all of the judges enjoyed wonderful works! After careful consideration, the following entry is selected as winning work.


The winning entry: "The Great Mochi Wave" by Ernest Totten.

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The image is temporarily watermarked in order to post on the website.

-- What was the theme you wanted to show in this design about the Aki Matsuri?

Ernest: I attempted to create something in relation to Tsukimi (moon-viewing). The Japanese folklore of bunnies pounding mochi in honor of the autumn moon felt like a fun idea.

In my illustration, the bunny with the mallet hits the mochi so hard that it forms a wave resembling the Ukiyo-e woodblock print “Under the Wave off Kanagawa”, made by the famous Japanese artist Hokusai. 

The stretching texture of mochi is often associated with longevity, and symbolizes good luck and offers strength. It can also represent prosperity, health and happiness for the upcoming year. This was the energy I wanted to put into the shirt design. 

T-shirts featuring this artwork will be available to purchase at the Aki Matsuri on Saturday, October 22, 2022.


Thank you all so much for your entries, and see you at the Aki Matsuri!

Design Aki Matsuri T-shirt!

Contest is now closed

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing! 2022 Aki Matsuri T-Shirt Design Contest is now open. We'll select one (1) winning artwork, to be printed on t-shirts that will be sold to raise funds for the Aki Matsuri. The winner gets a $150 gift card and five (5) complimentary T-shirts so you can share it with your friends and families.


2022 T-shirt Design Contest Official Rules and Regulations (revised on June 22, 2022)

Deadlines and Important Dates

  • June 22, 2022 – Contest begins

  • August 22, 2022 – Submission deadline

  • August 25, 2022 – JFAN Committee voting begins

  • September 8, 2022 – Voting closes

  • September 15, 2022 – Winner announced

  • October 22, 2022 – T Shirt release at the Aki Matsuri

The Rules

  • Design may not exceed 12” by 12”

  • Entries will be accepted until Monday, August 22

  • Winner will receive $150 gift card and five Aki Matsuri T-shirts

  • JFAN internal committee will vote on design contest winner......

>Read Full Rules, Terms and Conditions...

How to Enter the Contest

Step 1  Read the "Official Terms and Conditions”.

Step 2  Fill out the entry form, Upload your artwork, Submit.

Step 3  We will email you the form via DocuSign after the entry.

Step 4  Complete initialing and signing the DocuSign.

Entry Form

  >Go to Entry Form

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