Winners Announced for the Inaugural Tiffany Foundation Award in Japan June 2008
Mino Washi Lanterns and Light Sculptures
Nishi-Shiogo Kabuki Theater Folding Screen

The Tiffany & Co. Foundation and the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) established The Tiffany Foundation Award for the Preservation of Japanese Traditional Arts and Culture in Contemporary Society to recognize organizations in Japan who incorporate traditional local culture into contemporary activities, revive traditional cultural activities contributing to community revitalization and promote domestic and international exchange relating to traditional arts and culture. The inaugural awards were presented to two organizations in Japan on June 26, 2008. Like this award, Tiffany & Co. incorporates its strong heritage and history into its collections today and the Foundation is honored to support organizations with a similar commitment to craftsmanship.

The two winners are: Mino Washi Akari Art Contest & Exhibition Organizing Committee for its intricate lanterns and light sculptures and Nishi-Shiogo Revolving Theater Preservation Committee for the recreation of traditional kabuki stages and plays. The winners were selected by a distinguished jury and each received a ¥2 million award and a custom-designed trophy from Tiffany & Co.

James Quinn, president of Tiffany & Co.; Fernanda Kellogg, president of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation; and Michael Christ, president of Tiffany & Co. Japan were all on hand in Tokyo to celebrate the winning organizations.