Sakura Manga Poster Contest Under Way

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The year 2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the gift of cherry trees (sakura) from the people of Japan to the people of the United States. Planted in Washington, D.C. in 1912, these cherry trees have become a symbol of the warm relationship between Japan and the U.S.

On the occasion of this centennial, the Japan America Society of Southern California and Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles would like to both celebrate and deepen the bonds of that friendship through a poster contest. The Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana and The Japan Foundation Los Angeles are also supporting the contest.

The theme is “Sakura” and the poster must be in manga (cartoon) style. There are two categories, computer-generated and free-hand. The winner in each category will receive a $500 cash prize. The contest is open to all high school students (grades 9-12) living in Southern California.

Entries can be submitted to the JASSC until Jan. 6, 2012. Local celebrities and representatives from sponsoring and supporting organizations will serve as judges. Winners will be announced on Jan. 18.

For contest rules and application forms, visit www.jas-socal.org or www.la.us.emb‐japan.go.jp/. For inquiries, contact Kay Amano at [email protected] or (213) 627-6217, ext. 207.

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