World OMOSIROI Award

4th. Selection committee

Hideo Miyahara

Chairperson of the Selection Committee
Representative Director of Knowledge Capital Association / Former President of Osaka University

Director of Asia Pacific Institute of Research (APIR)
President of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) of Japan (2007~2013)
Representative Director of Knowledge Capital Association (2012~)

Kamiko Inuyama


After leaving her job as editor for a fashion and culture magazine in Sendai, Inuyama lived as a NEET (*1) for six years, during which time she began to blog about the love lives of the beautiful women she had met. Her posts were shared on Twitter, generating a buzz that led Inuyama to publish the contents of her blog as a book, Make-bjjyo (“failed beauties”). Having gained a large female following, she often appears on television, radio, and in magazines.

Acronym for "Not in Education, Employment, or Training," which in Japan refers to people between the ages of 15 and 34 who are not employed, seeking employment or engaged in domestic duties, and who are neither students nor enrolled in vocational training.

Naohiro Ukawa

Contemporary artist / Founder of DOMMUNE / Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design

As an all-round artist, Ukawa is active in a wide variety of fields such as filmmaking, graphic design, visual art, writing and contemporary art. He calls himself a "Media Therapist"as he independentely established a live streaming channel DOMMUNE in March 2010. The channel attracted a record number of viewers and continued raising interests in Japan and overseas. It received the Encouragement Prize at the Japan Media Ats Festival organized by the Agency for Cultural Affairs. In 2015, he was appointed to General Director, Curator and Chairperson of the Selection Committee for Takamatsu Media Art Festival, in which his aesthetic viwepoint struck Japanese art scene.

Gerfried Stocker

Artistic Director, Ars Electronica

Gerfried Stocker directs many creative projects internationally, as a core and representative person in Ars Electronica. Since 1995, he has been artistic director of Ars Electronica. In 1995-96, he headed the crew of artists and technicians that developed the Ars Electronica Center’s pioneering new exhibition strategies and set up the facility’s in-house R&D department, the Ars Electronica Futurelab.

Zenbo Hidaka

Koyasan Sanbō-in Deputy Chief Priest / Koyasan Kōso-in Chief Priest

Hidaka Zenbo graduated University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law. During his PhD course, he established an IT startup to develop softwares. Later, he founded Japan Style and produced Japanese performing arts performances in Central Asia, Middle East and Canada in association with Japan Foundation. In 2007, He was appointed for the committee member of Japan Luxury Travel Forum organized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Currently, he serves as priest in Koyasan Kōso-in and as deputy chief priest in Koyasan Sanbō-in. He is also a board member of Local-Area Branding Association.