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UTSA Japanese Students Win at 2017 Nengajo Contest

February 24, 2017

UTSA Japanese students won several prizes for the 2017 Nengajo Contest organized by Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth. Nengajo (年賀状)means New Year’s cards in Japanese and people exchange cards on January 1st with their loved ones.

 In order to deepen the understanding of the Japanese culture and tradition, UTSA students enrolled in elementary Japanese II classes learned how to make the New Year cards along with the traditional food and customs on this special day. Every year, all students make their own card, and the best 10 are sent to the Nengajo contest. This year, there were 84 cards submitted from 13 different schools across Texas. Each card is judged under three categories: artistic, creative, and humorous. A judge mentioned the selection of winning designs focused on two factors (1) use of interesting artistic technique, and (2) understanding of cultural concepts of Japanese New Year.

The four UTSA winners are: Cindy Do (Artistic, 2nd prize), Krystelle Santos (Creative, 1st prize), Miranda Fermin (Creative, 2nd prize), Naomi Gordon (Humorous, 1st prize), and Angela Castillo (Humorous, 2nd prize). The winners’ cards were displayed at the New Year’s Celebration in Dallas/Fort Worth where the guests were very impressed by the students’ effort.


(left to right: Cindy, Angela, Krystelle, and Naomi)


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