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What’s Your J-Talent? Prizes

Additional Information on Grand Prizes

Please note prize packages are for illustration purposes only and subject to change. Travel related packages are arranged by JTB Australia.

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Type A Prize – A trip to Japan without going to Japan!

Chose from one of the following options (packages are designed for two people).

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Two-Nighter B&B W/ Synergy Pack

Tucked away in the highlands of Victoria is a hidden gem of traditional Japanese culture, Shizuka Ryokan. Enjoy a two-night escape and fully immerse yourself in the wonders of Japanese hospitality, including thoughtfully prepared and authentic Japanese cuisine. Shizuka Ryokan is a setting that embodies the minimalist concept, allowing you to fully relax and unwind in a comfortable environment. To complement the décor and setting, you will also have the opportunity to dress in comfortable Yukata robes as you make your way around the property, a touch that truly makes you feel like you are in Japan.

You will also have the opportunity to experience three wonderful body treatments working in synergy together to create the ultimate body treatment experience. Commence with a wonderfully relaxing hour-long massage followed by a body polish treatment to thoroughly prime the skin and create the perfect canvas for a body wrap treatment.

One-night W/ Breakfast and unlimited Hinoki Bath and degustation dinner at Tetsuya’s

Enjoy the ultimate one-night Japanese experience in Sydney, dinner at Tetsuya’s and an overnight at Gojyuan Ryokan. Start your evening off by checking into the gorgeous Ryokan Gojyuan in Balmain and get settled in, you could also have a relaxing afternoon bath in the onsen hot spring or explore the local area before you head out to the main event, dinner at Tetsuya’s.

Located in the heart of Sydney CBD, Tetsuya’s is one of Sydney’s premier restaurants and has been at the top of the Japanese cuisine totem for decades. Tetsuya’s serves a degustation menu. The degustation is unique, based on the Japanese philosophy of using natural seasonal flavours, enhanced by classic French technique and utilising the freshest possible ingredients. 

Once you have finished your gastronomical journey at Tetsuya’s, head back to the Ryokan and settle in for the night. You will have the opportunity to experience a traditional Japanese breakfast before you check out and head home.

2 nights Villa Accommodation in King Suite and Cooking Class

Located in the Adelaide Hills, Sticky Rice Cooking School is a cooking school like no other. you won’t just learn the recipe set, you’ll make them and learn a whole lot more along the way. You may find out why some dishes only get prepared by the head of the household for example. Or which dishes are served for special and royal occasions and why they are significant. 

The product on offer at Sticky Rice Cooking School is that of a well organised class, with excellent tuition from experienced chefs. Hands-on classes of up to 18 people, cook up a storm in the inspiring and aesthetically pleasing 1940’s building in Stirling. It’s a fun filled, social class with plenty to offer the novice or experienced cook. It’s a unique experience where the spirit of cooking is shared between food lovers.

2 nights at Millennium Hotel Rotorua, Superior Room for Two with Lake Spa Experience

One of Japan’s favourite pastimes is relaxing in the onsen, escaping from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The prize includes ‘Zip & Soak Combo Tour’ – an exhilarating experience.  Fly over native forest valleys and soak up breath-taking views from above the forest canopy.  Then relax and unwind in the deluxe lake spa at Polynesian spa, a world-leading natural mineral bathing and luxury spa retreat.

Comfortable Superior Room accommodation with daily breakfast. 

2 nights at Crown Plaza Queenstown with Hot Springs Experience, King Bed Lake View for Two

Relaxing in an onsen (hot spring) is one of Japan’s favourite pastimes. Crown Plaza Queenstown is located lake side with an onsen bath facility in the proximity. It is the perfect getaway from busy everyday life. The prize includes two nights in a Lake View room with king bed.  You will also have the opportunity to visit Onsen Hot Pools Retreat & Day Spa as part of this prize. Return transfer to and from Queenstown, daily breakfast, daytime or evening pool use (limited to one hour including refreshments – booking prior is required) is also included.  You will come out of this getaway totally rejuvenated.

…..and more! Similar plans in your area may be added to this list.

Type B Prize – Experience Japan

(Alternative to Type A prize) Choose from any two of the following:

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Degustation menu for two

Located in the heart of Sydney CBD, Tetsuya’s is one of Sydney’s premier restaurants and has been at the top of the Japanese cuisine totem for decades. Tetsuya’s serves a degustation menu. The degustation is unique, based on the Japanese philosophy of using natural seasonal flavours, enhanced by classic French technique and utilising the freshest possible ingredients.

Sample Menu

  • Roasted Scampi Tail with Vanilla
  • Tuna with Daikon and Wasabi
  • Confit of Ocean Trout with Salad of Apple and Witlof
  • Queensland Murray Cod with Confit Fennel and Young Garlic
  • Duck Breast with Jerusalem Artichokes and Barley
  • Wagyu Beef Sirloin with Chestnut Mushroom and WA Truffle
  • Sudachi and Fennel Sorbet with Fennel Snow
  • Chocolate Stone with Honey & Milk
  • Petits Fours

Omakase course

Enjoy a Omakase course, loosely translated to “the chefs selection” at Gold Class Daruma. You will experience an authentic and traditional experience, with expert chefs utilising fresh seasonal vegetables, finest seafood and meat. You will also have the opportunity to sample different kinds of sake as either an accompaniment to your meal, or perhaps as a drink before your meal. 

Sample Omakase Menu;

Assorted Starters – 5 of the days starters

Assorted Sashimi – Chefs suggestion of sashimi

Fish of the day 

Assorted Nigiri – Chefs selection of 9 nigiri with miso soup


Kaiseki Cooking Class

Kaiseki cuisine is a traditional Japanese meal, usually consisting of around nine courses served in a prescribed order. The modern day kaiseki is a rather sumptuous affair, but paradoxically, its origin is a minimalist, strictly vegetarian meal, almost humble in spirit. It was traditionally served in Zen temples to accompany the tea ceremony. This Japanese Kaiseki Cooking Class will take you on a journey through the history and technique of the classic Kaiseki meal.

Sample Menu

  • Sakizuke 先付: Baby Abalone with Pickled Plum Paste
  • Wanmono 椀物: Sawaniwan (Finely Julienned Seasonal Vegetables and Pork Broth)
  • Mukozuke 向付: Scampi Carpaccio Style
  • Yakimono 焼物: Chicken Teriyaki with Moromi Eschallot
  • Takiawase 炊合せ: Fried Tofu, Prawns, Snow Peas and Green Yuzu
  • Sunomono 酢の物: Seasonal Vegetables Dressed in Amazu, Hint of Myoga

Gohan 御飯: Shoga-gohan (New Season Ginger Rice)

Japanese Cooking Masterclass

Experience an in-depth cooking class that will take you on a journey through the intricacies of Japanese cuisine, starting with the fundamentals of ingredients and flavours and finishing with a delicious meal, cooked by you. As the seasons change, the menu will too, though you could be whipping up anything from ramen to okonomiyaki and you will learn how to tailor this to your taste buds. As you cook, you will also learn plenty of tips and tricks from expert chefs! 


  • How to create Japanese recipes yourself and to your palette
  • Use of freshest Japanese quality food and ingredients provided
  • A delicious meal celebrated and enjoyed together, toasted with sparkling wine or beer
  • Online recipes from your class so you can recreate them at home


  • This hands-on Japanese cooking class experience lasts for approximately 3 hours
  • Enjoy a complimentary refresher drink on arrival
  • Demonstration of the Japanese cooking class recipes by your Chef
  • Chopping, rolling, folding and preparing your dishes – all hands-on
  • Sit and eat together at the end with a glass of sparkling wine


  • Makizushi- Sushi Rolls with Seasonal Fish and Vegetables 
  • Dashi- Seafood Stock
  • Ramen- Alkaline Noodle
  • Okonomiyaki- Cabbage and Pork Pancake

Chefs Choice Omakase Menu 

From the truly brilliant mind of esteemed chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Nobu is one of the worlds most recognised Japanese restaurants worldwide. Renowned for its innovative style of Japanese cuisine that fuses south American flavours with classic Japanese dishes, Matsuhisa has created a gastronomic journey that is truly unique. Along with an intimate sake bar, Nobu Perth also has a world first, Nobu Teppanyaki. You will be blown away by the sheer craftsman of each and every dish served and Nobu Perth.

Invigorate Package 

The Japanese onsen is a staple good for Japanese who are looking to relax and unwind. Water bored from deep underground, rich in minerals, is flooded into indoor and outdoor baths that have been designed to relax the mind, body and soul. Enjoy the Japanese Bath House’s invigorate package which includes a 3 hours access pass to the public bath house, plus you will also get a 45 minute signature massage. Located in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, this gives you the perfect opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle.


  • 45 mins Asian Blend massage. Our signature massage is a blend of Japanese and Thai massage techniques. Using pressure points with energy channelling leaving stress behind while also being a muscle and mind relaxer. 
  • 3 Hour public bath in the Japanese Bath House.
  • A Yukata (Japanese Robe) will be provided before your massage and can be used throughout your stay.
  • A refreshing tea will be presented after your massage in order to slowly come back to reality. 
  • Locker hire
  • Gifts to take home: slippers, reusable bag and mini Japanese towel. 

Purchase Japanese goods of your choosing, valued at approximately $500


Kinokuniya Bookstores Australia shopping voucher

Madman Entertainment shopping voucher

….and more!

Entry Period

Entries open 10am (AEST), July 9 (Thursday)
Entries close 5pm (AEST), September 16 (Wednesday), 2020 Extended to 5pm (AEDT) October 31 (Saturday)

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