We will introduce some works from the collection of works in past Oyako Day Essay contest. LAYING POSSUM The little girls’ batteries begin to run down after eight at night. You can measure the younger one’s fatigue by how much she cries. As for her full of energy older sister, she survived today’s kindergarten, but now she’s run out of juice and is sleeping on the sofa. Mom’s the one who’s supposed to get them both upstairs to bed. After a 10 kilo and then a 17 kilo freight transfer to the second floor, Mom’s ready to give it up, but when she comes back to the living room, […]
We will introduce some works from the collection of works in past Oyako Day Essay contest. I COULD HAVE PICKED A BETTER MOTHER Always at work, never at home; oh, how I hated my mother. When I thought I heard her at home, I’d find her standing there at the kitchen sink with her back to me. By middle school, I was fed up with everything. One day something happened at school that bothered me and everything went haywire. At home, I blew my top and turned on my mother. “If only I could have chosen my mother ! I would’ve picked a better one !!” I could see […]
Oyako Day 2018 video clip on Yahoo! News. Directed by Toshi Inomata who was also the was director the Oyako Movie This year’s Oyako Day Exhibition starts on September 14th at Olympus Gallery Tokyo. Please clickHERE to view Yahoo! News.
On July 13th, there was a press event announcing this year’s Oyako Day book giving campaign which is supported by the following bookstores. Tsutaya, Asahiya, Libro, Parco, Yomu Yomu, Tadaya, Orion, Books Emutasu.
We will introduce some works from the collection of works in past Oyako Day Essay contest. THE DAY I BCAME A PARENT I suddenly became the mother of a 10 year-old, American boy. Not a blood relation, but a foster parent. He was cute for the first month, but from there on, he plunged into rebellion. He was difficult and emotionally unstable. How many times did I think I should to stop being a foster parent? When I thought of giving over my role to a social worker, the words stuck in my throat and I couldn’t go through with it. Our mud-slinging went on for a half a […]
We will introduce some works from the collection of works in past Oyako Day Essay contest. IT’S JUST ABOUT BEING TOGETHER “Your stomach aches again? You know, if you say that every morning, people will stop believing it’s true. Then when it really hurts, no one will help you. Now get up and get ready to go.” From kindergarten through first grade, for 4 years, it was the same every day. My daughter would complain of stomachaches and refuse to get dressed. Even if I drove her to the kindergarten, she wouldn’t get out of the car. When it came time for us to separate, she’d burst into tears, […]
In support of Oyako Day, TSUTAYA is corroborating with of other bookstores on a campaign asking parents to give their children books. Believing in their power to stimulate positive change and we hope these presents will serve as inspiration for the children. This book campaign is happening in 900 bookstores throughout Japan during the month of July.
Bruce Osborn will be taking photos of one hundred Oyako (parents and children) on Oyako Day. See details below on how to apply Photographs taken at other Super Photo Sessions can be seen at Oyako Photo Gallery SUPER PHOTO SESSION DATE: Oyako Day, July 22, 2018 APPLICATION DATES: Applications must be received by June 30, 2018 NOTIFICATION: Families that were selected will be contacted by July 13th. LOCATION: A photo studio in Tokyo (participants informed of exact location upon notification) PHOTO FEE: Free *Each family is responsible for their transportation to and from the studio. PHOTO: Each family will receive one free print. PRESS: Reporters are welcome on the session […]
Send us an essay about your family. This contest is open to everyone and there is no fee for entering. Example subjects: “now we can laugh about it”, “an unbreakable tie”, “an unforgettable memory”, “now that I’m a parent, I finally understand”, “what a crazy family” DETAILS SEND 1. Your essay (include the title of the essay) 2. Your name, address, and age TO E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org please include “Oyako Essay Contest” as your e-mail’s subject line Mail: OYAKO DAY 2018 Essay Contest HAYAMA Post office #13 240-0199, Japan APPLICATION DATES: Contest ends July 23, 2018 Prize-winning essays will be introduced on the website at a later date. JUDGES: Winning […]