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Published on : Thursday, April 28, 2016
Tohoku365 has just opened up the first round of its new competition, offering one lucky winner the chance to spend thirty days travelling around Tohoku, Japan on a “quest for the most heavenly food in the galaxy” with prize money of one million yen.
Tohoku, in the north of Japan’s main island of Honshu, is made up of six divergent prefectures, each home to treasures close to Japan’s heart – such as the entrancing snow monsters at Zao Onsen, the sacred three mountains of the Dewa Sanzan in Yamagata, or the Nebuta Festival in Aomori, where enormous, decorated lantern floats are paraded through the night-time streets, casting a warming glow over exuberant festival-goers and revealing the myths and legends behind Japan’s alluring culture.
Unknown to many travellers, the series of competitions launched by Tohoku365 will allow overseas travellers to discover more of the attractions found in this area of Honshu. Each competition will focus on a particular theme, such as sake, cherry blossom, hot springs or, in the case of this first prize trip, the delicious local cuisine. The winner will traverse Tohoku’s six prefectures, hunting down the unique dishes that are intrinsic to this area of Japan, with the cost of travel paid for by the one million yen (around £6171) prize money. From wanko soba to kiritampo nabe, through to the various ramen flavours created specifically in this region, this gastronomical tour of Japan will leave both the winner and their readers drooling for more.
The successful applicant will need to be:
Over 20 years of age
Able to communicate at business level in EITHER English or Japanese
Have full rights to enter Japan for 14-30 days
They will be looking for participants who are keen to encourage a revival of tourism to Tohoku, which suffered damage in the 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The winner will have to have some social media and editing skills, as they will be required to submit 1-3 daily reports, which may take the form of articles or videos, revealing the details of their journey and experiences.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, 30th June 2016. The application process is as follows:
Round one: Submit one minute video via YouTube/other
Round two: CV and self introduction
Round three: Interview via Skype
A winner will be selected by the end of July 2016. Travel dates are tentatively scheduled for August 2016.