Project Guidelines

For the purposes of this art project the word ‘Omotenashi’ (pronounced: ohmo-te-nashe) will be at the core.

Guidelines for “Omotenashi” Schools Project:

1. Study and research the word “Omotenashi” for understanding and ideas, though set in the Japanese hospitality industry, this need not be confined to Japan or to hospitality. We believe it is possible to experience this in your own life. Please think and visualise outside the box. How can we practice “Omotenashi” – genuine kindness- in our daily lives?  

How does it appear right across the world within our own families, homes, schools, towns and countries? It maybe something you have shared with another from a place of genuine kindness or you may have been the recipient of a random act of sincere sympathy; draw that scene to show your understanding of wholehearted kindness. Experiment with your ideas and experiences from a heartfelt place.

2. Using your visualisation or personal experience of a situation of ‘self giving’ (without anticipation of anything in return), create your design/drawing on an A4 (8.3″ x 11.7″) size sheet of paper showing what the word “Omotenashi” means to you in art form. Landscape or portrait is acceptable.

3. Use any media form of preference and please leave a small border (half cm if possible) around your drawing.

4. Display your countries flag on the design so we know which country is represented. Also add your schools name or logo.

5. Using your own words include and complete a short sentence or quote with the word Omotenashi within the design/ drawing.

6. Schools may like to hold a competition or art exhibition (optional) to choose the best drawing/s, to be scanned by computer and emailed to for posting on social media and the WordPress site.

7. The designs maybe submitted preferably in jpeg format though pdf is acceptable too.

8. That students undertake this project in the spirit of the Olympic Truce building a better and more peaceful world through their understanding and promotion of Omotenashi.

9. For this project we have created this new Word press site

10. We have developed a new Instagram site @omotenashi.schools.project. Our twitter page can be found @SIPQProject which has been used for our previous projects.

11. Closing date for the designs is May 28, 2020 just about two months before Tokyo 2020 begins. Winners will be announced by June 14, 2020.

12. A digital quilt will be formed online and posted across social media.
The individual art works will also be uploaded to produce an online exhibition via video and a slideshow.

13. The criteria objectives which will determine the winners: 

A. The designs/drawings which are original and best portray the deeper meaning and understanding of Omotenashi. Each drawing shows that the student has explored and developed the theme as they see it in their world.

B. The designs being imaginative showing emotional expression and creativity.

C. The quality of the art work and overall design based on the theme of Omotenashi.

D. The attention to detail; colours, impact, technique and general impression of the design. Does it stand as a complete work of art?

E. The quote or sentence on Omotenashi is clear and readable.

14. All grades may participate. Please provide name, age and grade of each student.

15. Certificates will be awarded to each year group winner and to all schools who participate.

For possible resources to help students understand the meaning of “Omotenashi” , we have a direct contact to the film called Omotenashi and have provided a couple of YouTube links below.

15. Omotenashi: The Ceremony (2018)

A 96 min film directed by Jay Chern is something that some schools may like to use as a way to help students understand Omotenashi more fully. Jay Chern’s Japan-Taiwan co-production revolves around cross-cultural relationships unfolding in a traditional countryside inn near Kyoto. We don’t have specific rights to the film due to financial reasons but we have permission to allow individual schools to contact Eric Chou
for a viewing. This may incorporate a small fee but as they say a good movie can help bring art to life.

16. On YouTube there are some examples of “Omotenashi” within the Japanese culture which may also be used as a helpful resource.

a. Experience Japanese Tea Ceremony to understand Omotenashi spirit

The ceremony displays equality, simplicity, care and reciprocation, a concept that deals with the human spirit rather than materialism.

The philosophy of tea: Wa – Harmony, KEI – Respect, SEI- Purity and JAKU – Tranquillity

japanese tea pot and cups set out ready to enjoy a cup of green tea

Company name LIXIL’s slogan is: “change the future with compassion and omotenashi”. It is important for us to recognise the value of omotenashi born from compassion.