SAN FRANCISCO — The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California invites submissions for its annual Shikishi Exhibition from Jan. 13 to Feb. 14.

Shikishi Night will take place on Friday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Art Room of the JCCCNC, 1840 Sutter St. in San Francisco Japantown. (Must be 21 or older to attend.) Shikishi Pop-up will take place Saturday, Jan. 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kinokuniya Mall, next to Kinokuniya Bookstore, Post and Webster streets.

The guidelines are simple and all ages of artists are expected to participate in the exhibit. You can use any medium you prefer. You are asked to theme your creative design around the Year of the Horse or your first wish of 2014. The horse is the seventh sign in the Japanese zodiac and represents life, liveliness, and openness.

“With our growing diverse community consisting of different ethnicities, generations, and historical experiences, there is an even greater need to publicly display creative artwork from individuals with the hopes of creating greater cultural understanding/ appreciation as well as unifying the community,” a JCCCNC spokesperson said. “Japanese shikishi boards were traditionally used for calligraphy and poetry, and today you can see them being used for autographs from celebrities and for artwork. We look forward to receiving your submission.”

For more information, email or call (415) 567-5505.

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