Much like the holiday greeting cards exchanged in the West, nengajo are an important part of Japan's New Year festivities. By sending nengajo to friends, family and colleagues, the people of Japan can share their wish for a peaceful, prosperous and happy new year, as well as express their gratitude for help and kindness received in the past year in the hopes of preserving their good relations in the year ahead.
As part of our fifth annual Nengajo New Year's Card contest, all nengajo submissions, including the winning designs, will be exhibited at the JICC from January 5 to January, 30 2015. 2015 is the year of the sheep in the Zodiac animal calendar, so all those who submitted to the contest included either a sheep and/or the kanji for sheep (未) in their designs. This contest this year was split into youth division (0-17) and adult division (18+).
Guests are also welcome make their own nengajo after viewing the exhibit!
The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.