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[Sweepstake] Kanji Name contest with Rakuten Ichiba Japan

The winners are revealed! Watch the live cast

Enter to win various prizes including live show with calligrapher by YokosoNews

YokosoNews and Rakuten Ichiba Japan proudly present the Kanji name contest from April 12-19. Register to Rakuten Ichiba Japan marketplace, "like" Facebook Page and post it on their wall. You are eligible to win various prize including LIVE Calligraphy prize.

The sweepstake has ended. Watch the live cast with the lucky winners who won the live drawing of their name with Master Tsutomu on Sunday night of May 8 (USA) or Monday noon of May 9 (Japan).



The Winners

Here is the list of the winners, you will receive the message from "Katz Ueno" for further instruction.

  • 家糧里奈
  • 多実
  • 軽良音
  • 殿丹守
  • 出舞楽
  • 十手紙

We would like to have you come on-board of Skype chat and interact directly with Master Tsutomu in order to draw your name on a paper.

However if you wouldn't be able to come on-board, we would like to pre-record your preferences.

Other prize winners from Rakuten Ichiban Japan Facebook Page.


Calligraphy Live cast

Watch the live cast on Monday, May 9, 2011

  • The basics of Japanese calligraphy
  • Calligraphy by Tsutomu Kanada
  • Live drawing for the sweepstake winners

We will show you the basics of Japanese calligraphy and what kind of tools you need to get, and connect with the winners and draw their desired Japanese letter via Skype!



Date & Time

Monday, May, 9, 2011
12pm~1pm (Japan Standard Time)

* The program is subject to change, postpond or cancel at the last min.


Local times:

Location Week Date Time
USA/Pacific Sunday 5/8/2011 8:00pm~
USA/Central Sunday 5/8/2011 10:00pm~
USA/Estern Sunday 5/8/2011 11:00pm~
Sao Paulo Monday 5/9/2011 12:00am~
London Monday 5/9/2011 4:00am~
Madrid Monday 5/9/2011 5:00am~
Paris Monday 5/9/2011 5:00am~
Kuwait Monday 5/9/2011 6:00am~
Moscow Monday 5/9/2011 7:00am~
Mumbai Monday 5/9/2011 8:30am~
Bangkok Monday 5/9/2011 10:00am~
Singapore Monday 5/9/2011 11:00am~
Sydney Monday 5/9/2011 1:00pm~

Click here for the extended list.

Watch the live cast here.


Sweepstake Rules

The sweepstake has ended on April 19, 2011.

Rules and disclaimers:

  • If you write your name on our Wall, we will translate and create your name in Kanji!
  • We will try to come up with the most beautiful kanji name, we promise!
    (Once your kanji name is created, please kindly understand that we will not re-do it.)
  • Moreover, if you want to claim a prize in our Kanji sweepstakes, please click on the Make an Entry button.
  • Then you will get a prize with your kanji name on it.

The duration of the campaign:

The campaign has ended. April 12, 2011 10:00am ~ April 19, 2011 9:59am (Japan Standard Time)

Conversion into Kanji:

  1. Reply in text
  2. Create an image with the kanji name and alphabet name and post it on Facebook


  1. Click on the Make an Entry button. (only Rakuten members may enter)If you are not a Rakuten member, you may register here for free.
  2. If you make an entry, you will automatically become a recipient of Rakuten cross-border shipping's e-newsletter.


YokosoNews Prize


Live from Okazaki, Aichi, Japan, YokosoNews will broadcast a live show with Tsutomu Kanada, the Japanese Calligrapher to who you the basics of Japanese Calligraphy. At the end, the winner will get...


YokosoNews Sweepstake with Rakuten

  1. One (1) - A4 size Japanese calligraphy with your own choice of word
  2. Five (5) - Post-card size Japanese calligraphy of your name


Additional Requirement

  • Skype ID with Microphone
  • Physical mailing address

If the winners have the Skype ID, you can directly talk to Tsutomu and asked him how you want him to draw!



Now please wait for the live cast

Watch the live cast at



Check if you win other prizes here. "Like" Rakuten Facebook Page... and




Katz Ueno
As the Editor-in-chief & Producer of YokosoNews, Katz wants to show Japan to the rest of the world. Read more »