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Announcements | Dec 17, 2020

Submit your photo to JUMP’s sixth annual #HolidaysinJapan photo contest

JUMP is holding its sixth annual #HolidaysinJapan photo contest. We are gathering photos that show how Americans celebrate the holidays — past and present — while stationed in Japan. The #HolidaysinJapan photo contest is open to JUMP members of all ages and skill levels.

For many service members and their families, celebrating the holidays in Japan is a highlight of their tour in Japan. The season provides many opportunities to leave base and explore, to view spectacular light displays in cities and parks or sample takoyaki and yakisoba while browsing for shime-kazari at outdoor New Year’s markets. On base, neighbors compete for the most spirited holiday display in their front yards and make the effort to share American traditions with their Japanese friends.

Please note that by submitting your photos to a JUMP photo contest, you are giving permission for them to be used on the JUMP website and social media. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to view photos from earlier contests and to see this year’s winning entries.

How to Enter

Join the JUMP network. Only JUMP members will be eligible to win. If you are not already a member, click here to sign up

Submit your photo. Post your photo on Facebook or Twitter and tag it with @JUMProgram and #HolidaysinJapan. Only one photo submission per JUMP member allowed.


The deadline for submissions is January 22, 2021.


The winners will receive a gift card ranging from $100 – $25, and will see their photos featured on the JUMP website and social media accounts. We will also display our favorite submissions in an online photo gallery.

Pictured is last year’s #HolidaysinJapan winning entry of Mount Fuji by Joni Abando. 

2023 The Japan U.S. Military Program (JUMP)

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