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The Tokyoiter Exhibition : Open Call for Submission

Start Date: 7/11/2023 - End Date: 10/12/2023 :::

The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur (JFKL), is delighted to announce an open call for The Tokyoiter Exhibition. This event invites talented Malaysian artists and creatives to celebrate Tokyo’s vibrant city and its residents’ captivating stories through illustration.  




Drawing inspiration from The New Yorker’s traditional cover art and The Parisianer, the project brings together a community of illustration and drawing enthusiasts who share a passion for the city of Tokyo’s unique narratives. 

Through the imaginary/faux magazine cover tributes, the project pays a heartfelt homage to Tokyo’s vibrant culture, heritage, and artistic expression. The Tokyoiter remarkably captures the spirit of Tokyo, offering a glimpse into the city’s diverse and captivating stories.

To be eligible, applicants must have experienced Tokyo, even if only briefly (Please attach a photo from your time in Tokyo to your submission for verification). Approximately five exceptional artworks will be chosen for exhibition, with the selected artists notified by 22 December 2023.

Each selected artist will receive RM1,000 and a certificate. The selected artists will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with JFKL in producing the final prints for the exhibition, making your creative tribute an integral part of this remarkable event.

Join us in celebrating and capturing the spirit of Tokyo and share your artistic vision with the Malaysian community! Have your artwork be a part of The Tokyoiter Exhibition and pay homage to the enchanting stories and culture of Tokyo.


  • Andrew Joyce & David Robert (The Tokyoiter)
  • Kenta Chai (Graphic Designer, KentaWorks Graphic)
  • CC Kua (Kuala Lumpur-based Visual Artist, Illustrator, Graphic Designer)

10 December 2023


9 November 2023 – 10 December 2023 Open Call Period
22 December 2023 Announcement of Selected Artworks
20 January 2024 – 4 February 2024  The Tokyoiter Exhibition opens



A tribute to Tokyo, in the format of The Tokyoiter magazine covers.
(The brand template and format, The Tokyoiter, is provided below)


  • Open to Malaysian artists, designers, illustrators and creatives, currently based in Malaysia, aged 18 years and above as of 1 January 2023. 
  • Submitted artwork must be from someone who has spent some time in Tokyo (a short-term stay is also considered eligible) 
  • Kindly attach a photo of when you were there, in Tokyo.
    (For further assistance or enquiries, kindly email us for other ways to verify this information) 


  • Design size: 300mm x 400mm (Kindly use the template given HERE)
  • Resolution: 300 dpi 
  • Outline text in the design 
  • Submission format: Hi-resolution PSD or PDF file 
  • Designs must be original and free of copyright issues 
  • Avoid “cliché” images of Japan 

Privacy and Usage: 

Personal data obtained from applicants may be used for administrative and PR purposes related to the contest.

Submit the Entry Form and your artwork to the Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur via e-mail at thejapanfoundationkl@gmail.com by 10 December 2023, Sunday (11:59pm).

  • Each participant can submit one design only. 
  • Email attachments should not exceed a total of 3MB, which includes the Entry Form. 
  • If attachments exceed 3MB, you may upload files to a file-sharing service or personal server and include the link in the submission email.
  • Call Out Guideline (PDF) 
  • Entry Form (Word)
  • The TOKYOITER Template (PSD)


The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur
Cultural Affairs Department
18th Floor, Northpoint Block B, Mid-Valley City,
No. 1, Medan Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 – 2284 6228
FAX: 03 – 2287 5859
Email: thejapanfoundationkl@gmail.com 



7/11 @ 8:00 am
10/12 @ 5:00 pm
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