South Texas Japanese Culture Forum


For inquiries

MARCH 9 – Workshops
MARCH 10 – Presentations

Due Date: Feb, Monday, 26.
You can upload the file when you complete your work after the due date.
At the section of “File Upload”


-Kirie Art (Art of Paper Cutting)
Kirie (切り絵)is a compound word in Japanese. 切り(kiri) means to cut and 絵 (e) means drawing/image
This is one of the art techniques in which an underpainting is fixed on black paper and the
unnecessary portions are cut out to create a picture. This art form originated in the 7th century
when Shinto shrines were decorated with intricately cut paper designs.  The contrast between
black and white and the shape created by the cut of the blade are unique and attract many
enthusiasts in Japan. It also developed in contemporary forms using colored papers and
intricate designs.

-Origami (Art of Paper Folding)
Origami (折り紙) is a compound word in Japanese. 折り(ori) means “to fold” and 紙 (gami)
means “ to paper”. This is one of the traditional Japanese art forms in which paper is folded to
create shapes. In most cases, a single sheet of paper is used, and scissors and glue are not used,
but some use two sheets of paper, or scissors are used to make incisions. The artistic aspect of
origami is gaining recognition, and new and more complex and superior creations than ever
before are being created, and new folding techniques continue to be invented in addition to the
traditional folding techniques.
The geometric nature of origami has also led to its study as a field of mathematics, and it is also
used in engineering as a means of storing and developing structures.

-Kirigami (Art of Paper Folding and Cutting)
Kirigami (切り紙 ) is a compound word in Japanese. 切り(kiri) means to cut and 紙(gami) means
“paper” It is made by first folding paper and then cutting it, so that a continuous pattern
appears when the paper is opened. This art form is in which the pattern is enjoyed by inserting
scissors into a folded piece of paper and spreading it out. Origami paper is often used, but it
does not need to be square in some cases, so you can easily make them from leaflets and the

A typical example of Kirigami is snowflakes. Since Kirigami is cut from folded paper, the finished
product can be seen for the first time when the paper is opened, which is part of the fun aspect
of Kirigami.

-Others (Some gami-art of dying paper and so on)

Kamishibai is a Japanese art form that consists of sets of illustrated panels used to tell a story.
Presentations in Japanese are preferred; however, you are welcome to choose to present in
English. We will allow Zoom presentations upon your request, using physical Kamishibai panels.
Construction paper is the minimum firmness, thick cardstock is preferred.
The size of the Kamishibai should have a width: of 35cm/14″ to 45cm/18″  and a height: of
25cm/10″ to 35cm/14″.

All selected speakers will present at this event and their submissions will be published in the Proceedings of the South Texas Japanese Culture Forum, which will be enjoyed by readers in Japan and around the world. We welcome members of the public to attend and view the conference presentations. Refreshments and food will be provided for all presenters.

We welcome submissions from Japanese learners of all ages and all regions of the world, from elementary school and junior high school to MA and Doctoral levels. We also welcome heritage learners and native speakers of Japanese. Presenters may submit in only one category. Kamishibai presenters may submit as a group if the kamishibai is a group project, but participants may not submit in other categories as an individual if presenting in a group. Presenters may present kamishibai with or without a frame.

We welcome all themes. We particularly welcome the artworks that represent the Japan-Texas
Connection. Originality is prized. Creativity, composition, color, and expressiveness.
Please indicate the size and the upward direction of the art so that we can display it properly.
We welcome creators to drop off the art at the Museum, or mail it to the museum (the mailing
fee is paid by applicants): 

ATTN: South Texas Japanese Culture Forum
Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Education Center
1809 N. Chaparral St.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

Please send all submissions as a file upload of your draft text or artwork using the Submission
Form and for Kamishibai with a video link of yourself giving your presentation.

For inquiries, contact Hitomi Sakakibara (Japan Outreach Initiative Coordinator)

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Type of Work
Japanese Paper Cutting (Kirie) Japanese Paper Folding (Origami) Japanese Paper Art Folding and Cutting (Kirigami) Story Telling (Kamishibai) Other Japanese Craft (Other)
Please describe your Japanese Paper Art in Japanese or English. Your description may include your inspiration or thoughts behind your art piece.
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Gabrielle Vasquez, Artist
Title: 金椿-Golden camellia

Golden Camellia Kirie

Presented with a original senryu poem written by the artist that read:
金椿、富へあこがれ. 能力なし.
Kin tsubaki, tomi he akogare, Nōryoku nashi
Golden camellia, longing for wealth, without capability.

Camila Bustamante, Texas A&M University
Title: 最高のクリスマスライト-The best Christmas light
Video link

Hilda Del Coral Cuello Gonzalez, Texas A&M University
Title: きのこの子-Mushroom child
Video link

Yongyi Zhou, Rice University
Title: 栗を持っている四匹の狐-For foxes with chestnuts
Video link

Yumi Joyce Standlee, University of North Texas
Title: 月の兎-Bunny in the Moon
Video link

Dr. Naoko Ozaki, Chair
-Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication, Rice University

Dr. Yuki Waugh
-Department of Global Languages and Cultures, Texas A&M University

Nicholas B Medina
– Board President, Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures

Richard Hafemeister
-Director of Operations, Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures

After careful review by the committee, the top participants will be selected for special
recognition as the best art pieces and presentations of the year. The committee members will
recuse themselves from judging submissions from their own schools, education centers, or universities.

The final selection of all submissions will be made by museum staff.

The museum and the committee would like to thank our supporters, without their support this
event would not be possible.

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