WINNERS OF IMAGINE LITTLE TOKYO
SHORT STORY CONTEST
Little Tokyo Historical Society’s 3rd Annual Contest
The winners of the third annual Imagine Little Tokyo short story contest were announced at the awards reception on April 21 at the Garden Room of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center.
Youth Winner: “Kimiko With Hidden Worlds” by Sarena Kuhn
Youth Runner Up: “Home is Little Tokyo” by Yuriko Chavez
Japanese Language Winner: “Obon, the Town, and Grandpa” by Shirley Watanabe-Nishida
Japanese Language Runners Up:
“Father & Daughter and Little Tokyo” by Akira Tsurukame
“Fusion City” by Takiko Morimoto
English Language Winner: “Last Master of Go” by Joe Wocoski
English Language Runner Up: “Merry Christmas Mario-san” by Rubén Guevara
The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness of Little Tokyo through a creative story that takes place in Little Tokyo. The story has to be fictional and set in a current, past or future Little Tokyo in the City of Los Angeles, California.
The winning stories were read by a professional actor or actress: Alison Minami (Youth), Eijiro Ozaki (Japanese), and Darrell Kunitomi (English). Each category winner was awarded $500 in cash and each Runner Up received a gift certificate to Toshi Sushi. The winning stories will be published in The Rafu Shimpo and Discover Nikkei website and the LTHS website. Bunkado, a Little Tokyo-based gift store, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year is the Platinum Sponsor for the contest.
LTHS is proud to announce the Short Story Contest Platinum Sponsor
Bunkado, Inc. Celebrating 70 Years in Business