South Texas Japanese Culture Forum


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We welcome all themes. We particularly welcome Kiri-e that represents the Japan-Texas connection. Originality is prized. Creativity, composition, color, and expressiveness.

  • Origami (Folding Paper)
  • Kirie (Cutting Paper)
  • Kiri Gami (Folding and Cutting Paper)
  • Others (Some Gami-dying paper, etc.)


Kamishibai is a Japanese art form that consists of sets of illustrated panels used to tell a story. Please submit presentations in Japanese. If your Japanese is at the beginner level or below (N5 or less), we welcome you to submit and present an English Kamishibai presentation. Given the uncertain health situation, 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 width: 35cm/14″ to 45cm/18″  and height: 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.

Those who are native speakers of Japanese or who have extensive experience speaking and using Japanese may give presentations in the Heritage category.

Health protocol will be given before the event.


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
Dir. Richard Hafemeister
-Director of Operations, Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures
Hitomi Sakikibara
-JOI Coordinator and Community Outreach Coordinator

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 center, or university.

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.