Win a Free Trip to Japan!

Japan youth fashion giant Marui has announced a unique fashion contest for non-Japanese. The Grand Prize is a FREE trip to Japan for two persons.

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The winner also gets 30,000 yen (274 US dollars) worth of coupons to spend on the multilingual MARUIONE.JP shopping site. The runner up prizes are excellent, too:

First Runner-Up (5 people): MARUIONE.JP JPY 20,000 Coupon
Second Runner-Up (10 people): MARUIONE.JP JPY 10,000 Coupon
Participation Prize (all applicants) : MARUIONE.JP JPY 1,000 Coupon

Additionally, there will be a jackpot in which three winners will receive tickets to a special event in Japan.

The contest is open to any non-Japanese national studying Japanese or interested in Japan.

Applicants should send three photographs of the same fashion outfit inspired by the theme Japan. You may design your own original clothes or arrange clothes, accessories, or costumes that you already have.

This is the first and only fashion contest of this kind in Japan open to non-Japanese that we are aware of.

“We wanted to create a project that would appeal to people who have just started to like Japan, or who don’t speak much Japanese yet,” explains spokesperson Hiraiwa. “There are all kinds of speech contests and the like for advanced speakers, but there are few fun fashion-related events for beginners.”

“We also want people to discover that Japan is a country where fashion is a lot of fun. Fashion is extremely broad here. You can find everything from traditional yukata (summer kimono) to goth-loli. There is no other country that offers this. It is truly unique.”

The MARUIONE.JP shopping site is a brand new site for Japanese fashion. It was started only December 1 last year.

“What makes our site unique,” says Hiraiwa, “is that our site offers fashion items that are now popular in Japan at Japanese prices. Many other sites charge 1.5 to 2 times as much, and don’t always offer up-to-date items.”

Many of the brands on the site are the same ones that are offered in Marui’s brick and mortar stores in Japan’s trendy shopping areas like Shinjuku. “These brands used to be small, but they grew big with us.” Although Marui is well-known among Japanese fashionistas, it is still a hidden treasure to most foreigners. Time to visit MARUIONE.JP and discover all the goodies that they offer.

MARUIONE.JP offers shopping in Japanese, English and French. Chinese and Korean will be added in the near future.

For more information about the Fashion Contest, visit the Fashion Contest Site (Japanese, English, French, Korean, Chinese).

DEADLINE: September 15th, 2008.


Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Aug 9, 2008 (5593 days ago)

Wow! I am definately entering this – it is my DREAM to go to Japan!! And all because of the fashion and music scene!

jenny pearl
Aug 14, 2008 (5588 days ago)

Oh wow!! I’m totally doing this!!!

Aug 15, 2008 (5586 days ago)

i wanna go there to enjoy the country which is coming strongly in fashion

Aug 16, 2008 (5586 days ago)

I plan to open a shop in the Midwest, USA that houses Japaneses toys and other goods.

rochelle brickner owings
Aug 19, 2008 (5583 days ago)

I really wish I could go! I’ve been hoping to go to Japan for over 5 years, since I first discovered how amazing the country is. From fashion, to music,culture, to language.. It is a very beautiful country.

Sep 2, 2008 (5569 days ago)

I really love Japan the most . Since I was in my childhood , many people called me Yeepoon , that is from Nippon . They all said I look Japanese, that why I always have a positive image about Japan , always.

Pimkwan Thanarak
Sep 12, 2008 (5558 days ago)

it’s my dreams, i can’t belive

Sep 12, 2008 (5558 days ago)

i’m definetley going to do this! i’ve always wanted to go to japan.

Oct 7, 2008 (5534 days ago)

Japan Rocks!!!!

Jul 11, 2009 (5257 days ago)

I am a kid in America and I really want to go to japan I am Japans number 1 fan.

Dec 20, 2009 (5094 days ago)

i ave always wante to go to japan and I LOVE ANIME!!!!!!!!

kiana strnger
Jan 10, 2010 (5073 days ago)

i really hope i win i want to make some awesome japanese friends sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kiana strnger
Jan 14, 2010 (5069 days ago)

im in!!!!

Feb 15, 2010 (5038 days ago)

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