Nima-kai Traditions

Discover Nikkei invites its global Nikkei community to share how they celebrate various traditions in these special Nima-kai photo activities.

Check this page to find out about current projects and see photos from past activities.

Oshogatsu Foods

Thanks to everyone who submitted their photos for Nima-kai Tradtioins: Oshogasu Foods! We will compile the submissions into a video to be shared on Discover Nikkei and social media in conjunction with Discover Nikkei’s upcoming “What Is Nikkei Food?” program. A selection of the accompanying stories will also be included in an article with the video.

Favorite Dish Ozoni

“We always cook ozoni on the morning of New Year’s Day. Some of our favorite ingredients to add are miso, tofu, onion, spinach, wakame, egg, naruto, udon, and of course mochi. This is my 6 year old daughter Mei. She dreams of visiting Japan one day!”

—Kanako Asai Richard

Oshogatsu is the most important holiday in Japan and for Nikkei communities and families around the world. They celebrate the new year with important traditions and lucky foods like ozoni, toshi-koshi soba, and osechi-ryori.

In conjunction with the Japanese American National Museum’s Oshogatsu Family Festival (January 2, 2022), Discover Nikkei is compiling photos to share how our global Nikkei community celebrates the new year with food. We want to see all your favorite and lucky dishes that you and your family eat to ring in the new year!

Photos can be from this year or past years. To participate, just email us your photo with brief descriptions by January 9 to editor@discovernikkei.org (see instructions below)!

Submit your Oshogatsu photos

We will compile the submissions into a video to be shared on Discover Nikkei and social media in conjunction with Discover Nikkei’s upcoming “What Is Nikkei Food?” program. A selection of the accompanying stories will also be included in an article with the video.

Submission Guidelines

Please note we will only accept images related to Oshogatsu or New Year’s foods. All photos must be submitted by January 9, 2022 to be included in this special project. Multiple submissions are accepted.

In addition to the photo, you must include the information below for each image:

  1. Name of the person who is submitting the image
  2. A title for the image
  3. A brief description of the image—please tell us what the photo is of and why it is significant to you.
    • Recommended length: approximately 100 words.
    • Accepted Languages: English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese.
  4. Photo credit (Please only submit images for which you either own the copyright or have secured permission to use for this purpose)

Image specifications:

  • Acceptable format: .jpg, .gif, or .png files
  • Preferred Size: 150 dpi, at least 1200 pixels wide

    If you are not able to resize the image, email us the larger file and we can do it for you. Please note that if the photo is smaller than 450 pixels, we may not be able to use it on our site.

By submitting your photo(s), you are representing that you own the copyright to the photo(s) or otherwise have been granted permission to have the photo(s) shared in this way, and you are granting permission for us to share it on DiscoverNikkei.org, janm.org, and for promotional purposes in conjunction with this project (including the JANM and Discover Nikkei websites, emails, and social media). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at editor@DiscoverNikkei.org.

Upcoming related events

2022 Oshogatsu Family Festival

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Presented by Japanese American National Museum

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What Is Nikkei Food?

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Join Discover Nikkei for a multilingual, virtual program exploring the topic of Nikkei food with a presentation, small group discussions, and optional networking opportunity following the program.

Learn More

 

Past Nima-kai Photo Activities

Matsuri
(Festivals)

2021

Kodomo no Hi
(Children’s Day)

2021

Himamatsuri
(Girl’s Day)

2021

Oshogatsu
(New Year’s)

2021