In collaboration with the opening of our new traveling exhibition, the Japan Information & Culture Center, the District Clay Center, Ikebana International Washington D.C. Chapter No. 1, and Marymount University invite you to participate in our “Floating Islands” drawing contest!

To celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, which brings together the traditional crafts of Japanese ceramics and flower arrangement (ikebana), the JICC has created four special postcards featuring digitized ink-renditions of four of the ikebana vessels on display currently at our exhibition. The drawn vessels are inspired by vessels designed by Akira Satake, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Randy Johnston, and Simon Levin. Using the exhibition as inspiration, pick one of the four vessels and draw in your own personal ikebana flower arrangement for the vessel. Visit the JICC exhibition to pick up a postcard entry, or download and print your own at our website. To enter, send us a high resolution photograph or scan of your artwork to us at our email,, or submit via the JICC Instagram by tagging us (@japanembdc) and using the hashtags #FloatingIslands and #DCJICC.

Designs will be judged by representative staff members of the Japan Information & Culture Center Embassy of Japan, the District Clay Center, Ikebana International Washington D.C. Chapter No. 1, and Marymount University Ceramics Department. There will be one grand prize winner and two runner-ups. Read more about the rules below.

The winner and runner ups will be featured and displayed on the JICC website, Facebook page, and Instagram account. The “Floating Islands: Ceramic Ikebana Vessel” exhibition will be open from August 27 through September 27 at the Japan Information & Culture Center, open Mondays through Fridays, 9AM to 5 PM. The exhibition will then move to the District Clay Center starting September 29 through October 31, open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 AM to 5 PM.

Only one (1) entry will be allowed per participant. Both digital and hand drawn artworks will be accepted; however, designs must fit the allocated postcards size of 5” x 7” and must be the contestant’s original artwork. Additionally, the applicant may not alter or tamper with the official JICC formatting of the postcard, nor with the drawing and design of the vessel.

Read more about our exhibition here.

For official rules and how to enter, click here.

Ikebana Vessel Postcards

Jan McKeachie-Johnston

Akira Satake

Simon Levin

Randy Johnston


Deadline: Designs must be received by 12 pm (noon) Eastern Standard Time on Monday, October 29th, 2018.

Eligibility: The contest is open to the general public.

Regulations: Designs must fit into the allotted postcard size of 5” x 7.” Designs must be the contestant’s original artwork, not taken directly from any manga, anime, website, or other image or artwork protected by copyright. Contestants may not alter the format of the postcard, including the logos, nor the painted vessel. Any designs suspected of plagiarism or copyright violations will be disqualified without notice.

Submissions: Submissions must be received in digital format. High resolution photographs and scans of artwork can be sent by email to or via the JICC Instagram page by tagging us with @japanembdc and using the hashtags #FloatingIslands and #DCJICC. Only one (1) submission will be allowed per person. In the submission email, please include the following information in the caption:

  • Name
  • Age
  • City, State, and Country
  • If under the age of 13: Written Parental or Guardian consent

Designs not submitted according to these guidelines may result in disqualification without notice. Personal information of minors will be restricted when published and destroyed within a month of publication. Parental or guardian consent is required for children under the age of 13. Please see our privacy policy, linked at the bottom of this page, for more information.

※Note: You will receive a message confirming that we have received your submission. If you do not receive a message within 72 hours, or by the deadline, please contact us ASAP. We are not responsible for entries that are lost, misdirected, or transmitted late or incorrectly.

Awards: Include a one-shot pottery class at District Clay Center, a ceramic vessel from Marymount University, and mystery Osaka 2025 Expo items from the Embassy of Japan.

Organizers: Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan; District Clay Center; Ikebana International Washington, D.C. Chapter No. 1

Sponsors: Marymount University

Rights: As between the JICC, Embassy of Japan, the Co-Organizers, Sponsor, and the Entrant, the Entrant retains ownership of all intellectual and industrial property rights (including moral rights) in and to their submission. As a condition of entry, Entrant grants the JICC a worldwide, transferable, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, publish, distribute, publicly perform, and publicly display the design for any purpose, including display on the JICC website and social media pages, with attribution to Entrant.

Questions & Comments: For questions, comments, and rule clarifications, please email the JICC at