Click on the album below to see the photos of the 13 finalists!
All Finalists will be featured in the 2018 TOMODACHI Calendar that will be available at the USJC Annual Conference.

TOMODACHI Photo Contest


TOMODACHI programs are transformative experiences, and we want to hear about yours.

Our programs are more than just a plane ticket. It’s the beginning of a transformative international adventure that includes cultural immersion, exposure to a new mindset, and personal empowerment.

That’s why we’d like to roll out for the first time, our Transformed by TOMODACHI Photo Contest to get a glimpse of your TOMODACHI memories.

If you are a current or former participant of one of our programs, share your experiences with us and submit your photos for a chance to have your photo showcased at the TOMODACHI Summit in September in Tokyo, selected for the 2018 TOMODACHI Calendar, and win a trip to the U.S.-Japan Council Annual Conference at Washington D.C. in November 2017.



Final twelve (12) finalists will be featured in the new 2018 TOMODACHI Calendar and be featured in the Expo at the TOMODACHI Summit on September 10th 2017.





To enter, follow the two-step process:

Step 1:

POST a photo with caption on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #tomophoto2017. Let us know you’ve posted by tagging us @tomoalumni (on Instagram) and @usjapantomodachi (on Facebook).

Step 2:

EMAIL with the following information.


Email Body:

  1. Entrant’s Name
  2. Social Media Platform used for post (ex: Facebook, Instagram)
  3. TOMODACHI Program Affiliation (+ year of participation)
  4. Email Address (NO携帯メール)
  5. Phone Number (ex: 080-000-1111)
  6. Photo Title
  7. Photo Caption
  8. Date Photo was taken
  9. Location of the Photo

Note 1: If all the information required above is not provided, the entry will not be accepted.
Note 2: You’re welcome to post unlimited entries, but be sure to send only one entry per email.
Note 3: There is no entry fee. Unlimited entries, but only one photo per email.


DEADLINE: August 20, 2017 (Sunday) @ 23:59 Japan Time
The voting has closed.



For any questions, email with the subject line: Photo Contest Questions.

US-Japan Council
Embassy of the United States Tokyo, Japan