New Year’s Greeting Card Contest

The Japan Information and Cultural Center (JICC) at the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco is pleased to announce the second annual New Year’s Greeting Card contest. The contest will be divided in two groups, one for elementary school students, and the other for middle and high school students. The deadline for this contest is Thursday, December 22nd.

The top designs from each division will receive a certificate of accomplishment from the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco. The JICC will display received nengajo in its gallery space from January through February 2017.

This year, we invite us in celebrating this New Year’s tradition with us!


About Nengajo and Japanese New Years

Oshogatsu, or Japanese New Year’s, is a very special time in Japan. Preparations begin long in advance as people clean their homes (osouji), prepare food (osechi ryori) to be eaten during the first three days of the New Year, and write New Year’s greeting cards (nengajo).

Much like holiday cards and greetings exchanged here, nengajo are an important part of oshogatsu. It is a way to express appreciation and keeping good relations for the year ahead with friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers who have shown kindness or helped during the previous year.

Nengajo are sent during the last month of the year, and are sent to wish greetings, prosperity, and happiness in the New Year. Nengajo cards feature the eto, or zodiac animal of the upcoming year. This upcoming year’s zodiac animal is the rooster. We invite you to celebrate oshogatsu with us!


Necessary documents for submission

  Official 2017 Contest Rules (Download here)
  Permission waiver form (Download here)
  Submission form (Download here)
  Nengajo card


For further inquiries about this contest, please contact

  Mariko Baba, Cultural Affairs Coordinator
  Email: baba.mariko@sr.mofa.go.jp

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