New Year Card Contest 2024

Our annual event at the end of the year, new year card contest! KAI students always surprise us by their wonderful talent! And the winner’s design is adopted as KAI’s new year card. This year nine students applied. And Marvin won! Congratulations, Marvin!

The copy right of the new year card designs belongs to the students themselves who created them.


I feel incredibly honored to win this years competition, especially in a year where every participant truly gave their all and produced amazing designs.

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When I heard about the new year’s card contest I knew I had to participate right away. I always loved drawing fantasy related artworks and dragons are one of the mythical creatures that I really enjoy drawing. Whether I win or not I know that at least I got to draw what I love and have fun with it.

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I like Japanese patterns and often draw them. I created a design that combines the Seigaiha (wave) pattern with an image of a dragon moving in and out of the ocean.

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I participated in last year’s design competition, and I think it was a very good experience. So, when I knew that it would be held again this year, I started designing without thinking too much. Just like last year, I checked a New Year’s card book and used it as a reference for my proposal. This year’s contest was extremely competitive, with everyone submitting amazing work. I especially want to congratulate my classmate Marvin for taking first place this year. Congratulations!


I’m learning how to draw, so I wanted to participate in the contest. I drew MasakoSan family characters because they are entertaining. it was a lot of fun.


I think KAI Japanese Language School has a green theme, with Hatake and school logo, if the character “辰” in the middle is handwritten, it can give off a vibe more akin to a foreigner’s writing rather than Chinese/Japanese calligraphy.


Happy New Year 2024!
This drawing represents the friendships we built in KAI and the moments of fun we had together. Let’s make more happy memories this new year!


For my design I used shops around Tokyo displaying new year’s decorations as inspiration. Mandarins, or “mikan”, are known as a winter fruit, while “kagami mochi” is a traditional japanese new year’s dessert. Since 2024 is the year of the dragon, I have drawn a green dragon hovering above a temple. If you look closely, you will be able to see that the temple is decorated with “kadomatsu”, which are bamboo and pine arrangements used as decoration for new years. To represent my language school, Kai, I made the dragon hold a kanji book, which closely resembles one of the books I used during my first term at Kai. The dragon is happy to study Kanji in Japan, since it is thanks to our school that we have been given the opportunity to accomplish our long term goals, which is something I hope every student at Kai can relate to. Let’s keep doing our best in 2024!


I like drawing, so this contest was a good opportunity for me to draw again. Also, after seeing my friend’s design, I got inspired and wanted to draw something myself. I like drawing anime style characters the most, so I that is what I did.

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