If you are interested in prizes and grants related to Japan, here are a couple of opportunities you may wish to pursue:

  • The first opportunity is the U.S/Japan Creative Artists' Program offered through the NEA. This grant allows outstanding contemporary or traditional artists from the United States to spend a three-month residency in Japan ($20,000 to cover housing, living, and professional expenses for either one artist or a collaborative team and up to $2,000 for round trip transportation for the artist). More information can be found on the following website: http://www.jusfc.gov/creative-artists-programs/.
  • The second opportunity is the Uchimura Prize 2012, which is an annual award administered by the International Theatre Institute Worldwide in cooperation with the Japanese ITI Center that aims to stimulate and encourage initiatives taken by groups or individual artists outside Japan that lead to an action or project related to Japanese theatre (dramatic work, production, performance of a play, adaptation, training course, scholarly work, etc.) The deadline has been extended to February 1, 2013. U.S. applicants should submit their applications to TCG, which serves as the U.S. Centre of ITI. For more information please visit the ITI website: http://www.iti-worldwide.org/prizes.php.