Consulate General of Japan Art Campaign Submissions


The Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle is carried out the following public art project to support art and expression during these turbulent times. Below, please find the amazing pieces submitted by the public who reside in our jurisdiction, following the theme: “US-Japan relations through the theme(s) of friendship, and/or hope.”

Please also check our Facebook page, to share featured pieces that were randomly picked. To promote the project, please use the hashtag #cgjartseattle on your Facebook posts.

Please also vote on a piece you believe best fits the theme from the link at the end of this page.
Thank you to all participants!


"Remembering Grandpa in Matsuyama"
by Miyabi Goto
(Miyabi is 8 years old and painted this painting of the sakura tree using q-tips and thinking about grandpa in Japan.Unfortunately, the family was unable to visit Japan this year, but they hope to visit grandpa next year!)

"Cherry Cheesecake"
by Himari Tawara
(During the COVID-19 lockdown, Himari has worked on improving her baking skills. She used Rainier cherries and Bing cherries that she picked herself in Yakima, WA to create this rear cheesecake.)

⇦"コロナ禍だからこそ共感してもらえる作品を" (Works that people can relate to during COVID-19) by Arisa Nakamura
(I believe that life has changed dramatically in the U.S., Japan, and the world due to COVID-19. I have compiled "Works that people can relate to during COVID-19." I hope that this will bring some laughter to you

静岡生まれ、2013年よりシアトル在住のデザイナー。北米報知にて漫画「Shin Issei Journey 新一世日誌」を連載中。
(Born in Shizuoka, Japan, Arisa Nakamura has become a Seattle based designer since 2013. She is a manga writer for Hokubeihochi, currently working on the "
Shin Issei Journey 新一世日誌" series)

by Yuri Kinoshita
(The work, "Vogue" is from 2016, expressing the connection,  flow, and change through washi and light.)

Born In Kyoto, Japan, Yuri graduated with honors from Osaka Fashion Institute, Department of Interior Design. After traveling throughout Europe and Asia, she settled in the U.S. to expand her artistic skills and passion for lighting design. Now based in Seattle, Yuri works with organic materials to create small and large scale sculptures of ‘Interwoven Lights’. Her site specific installations continue to explore the interrelations of play between light and shadow within her medium.


"Matsuri through the Eyes of Bakers"
by Tina Wong & daughter Ciara Wong, Hobby Bakers

Matsuri delicately balances both themes of friendship and hope.  One of our favorite Matsuri here is Bon Odori, which takes place throughout Western Washington during the summer.  A festival honoring the spirits of one's ancestors, it is also a time of gathering of family and friends, as well as a time for cultural exchange.  What we always loved is that regardless of who you are or where you are from, you are welcomed and encouraged to learn, dance, and celebrate together.  These cookies are a humble nod to Bon Odori and summer festivals here and in Japan.

"Mochi Mochi Donuts"
by Emi Sanders
A marriage between a very American donut and the mochi texture of the Japanese sticky rice, providing a little light of joy during this time.

"Welcome to Konnichiwa Seattle"
by Konnichiwa Seattle

Please sit back and enjoy your trip


"A 'medicine ball' for peace of mind (take two as prescribed)"
by Denise Sawyer

The photo is of two kusudama (kusu = medicine, dama = ball) origami.  Each ball has 60 pieces of paper (total of 120) that are fit together in a specific way to create a sphere.  No glue is necessary!  Each ball takes approximately 3-5 hours to fold and form.  These two are around 3.5 inches (9 cm) across. Though I’ve made many of these balls, I chose this photo in particular for the gentle, almost childlike flower motif on the paper and the simplicity of the design.  It’s hopeful, yet calming.

My name is Denise Sawyer and I’ve practiced kusudama origami for about 10 years.  This form of origami has hundreds of variations created by artists around the world.  Creating the balls is very meditative and soothing for me—once you learn the pattern, you simply recreate it again and again until you have the necessary number of units (usually 12, 30, 60 or 90 per ball).  I often carry around a small box of origami paper, in case I have a spare moment to work while traveling, on break at work, or listening to audiobooks.  My smallest kusudama is about 1 inch (~2.5 cm) and my largest was about 18 inches (~46 cm).

"Oil Plein Air Bellevue Botanical Garden Yao Gate"
by Susan M. Payne

Painted on location at Bellevue Botanical Garden showing the ʺYaoʺ Gate in which ʺA traditional Japanese gate leads into this contemplative garden. Developed to honor the sister city relationship between Bellevue and Yao, Japan, the garden is a blend of Pacific Rim influencesʺ(quoted from Bellevue Botanical Garden Website). I painted this Japanese garden gate ʺplein airʺ or on location/ outdoors, in Spring of 2019, in oils on 11' x 14ʺ panel.

Susan M. Payne is a retired Architect and now mostly a painter who lives just outside Seattle, Washington. She paints and draws mostly Pacific Northwest landscapes and cityscapes, as well as animal/ nature subjects. She grew up near Seattle but also lived in New York City for 10 years, has travelled in Europe and South America and is very interested in international communication. Her work can be seen on Instagram @spayneartist

by Eungeol Lee
This art that I drew has a meaning of friendship between Japan and U.S.A .
The heart that the hands form is the sign of long friendship between the two countries. The buildings on either side are meant for the culture of each country. to be shared with each other.

"The Consul’s Neighbors Throw a Sumo Party"
(India ink on paper, 8.5” x 11”)
by Ivan Schneider

An imaginative rendering of a sumo dohyō installed in front of the Consul’s Official Residence for enjoyment by the neighbors. An American flag koinobori is pictured alongside the Japanese flag. (The artist is depicted, second from left.).  Themes: Cultural exchange, friendship, sumo

Ivan Schneider is a writer and content strategist who aspires to be a multidisciplinary artist.


"Untitled (Nishiawaki Fire Hydrant)"
by Rachel Mouer

This is a fire hydrant I painted as part of a seperate public art initiative in the city of Renton. I'm going to simply title it "Sister City - Nishiwaki". It recognizes the sister city relationship between Nishiwaki, Japan, and Renton, Washington, which spans 50 years -- not to mention the Pacific Ocean! I didn't even know we had a sister city in Japan until I started this project, so it was wonderful to learn that my hometown participates in a program that helps us build global relationships and feel closer to people we might tend to think of as far away. I'd love to visit Nishiwaki someday, and I hope the hydrant can welcome visitors to Renton once travel becomes safe again. It's located on Main Avenue South and Houser Way South, in front of the Sewing Machine Service Co., Inc. The two characters on the back of the hydrant are Nisshi and Sakura, the adorable Nishiwaki yuru-chara (city mascots).

My name is Rachel Mouer, I'm seventeen years old and will be going into the 12th grade this fall. I've lived just outside of Renton, Washington my whole life and have always been fond of the Pacific Northwest rain. I've taken art lessons for quite a while as well as pursuing art as a hobby, and I'm so excited to be branching out more publicly with my art! I'm currently painting a third hydrant and considering opening a small shop online. I don't have a website yet, but can always be reached at my email ( Aside from art, I can easily be persuaded to talk about cryptozoology, Star Trek, or whatever I'm currently reading :)

"Volcanos - Rainier from P3"
by Suze Woolf

It is Watercolor on paper, 7.5” high x 22” wide. P3 is a mountain along the ridge between Mailbox Peak and Mt. Defiance, just north of Interstate-90 on the way to Snoqualmie Pass.
I have collected some images of my work that show things our area has in common with Japan: Culture - a painting of Seattle's Asian Art Museum Hokkaido - I have enjoyed three visits there. Like Washington, many snowy trees, mountains and even better skiing! Sister City - Kobe has presented us with many gifts, some of which are in Seattle's Kubota Gardens Park. Salt Water - Like Japan, we have many salt water inlets and waterways. Volcanoes - Like Japan many of our highest peaks are large volcanoes.

I am a Seattle painter and book artist.


Public Voting/投票について

After the end of the submission period on Friday, August 14, we plan an online public vote.
We will notify details and when the voting begins on this page and on our facebook page. 
For any questions, please email us at Please note that we are unable to provide assistance over the phone regarding this matter due to the limited on-site operations from COVID-19.
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