My Kawaii Kwanzaa Challenge

Hi kawaii + creative family!
I wanted to share my Kawaii Kwanzaa Challenge (KKC), an annual thing I started  ~
Though I am not a holiday person I can’t help but to get excited about Kwanzaa.
So I started a thing for personal growth.
First, let’s talk about Kwanzaa.

What Is Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration created by Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga (born Ronald McKinley Everett).
It was first celebrated in 1966-67.
The unofficial holiday is a week-long celebration that honors African heritage in African-American culture.
There are seven core principles, or Nguzo Saba (Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba, and Imani).
It is now celebrated in the United States and other nations of the Western African diaspora in the Americas.

My KCC Start

With Handstyles ~

Last year, I did hand styles of each principle.
Since custom script is one of my tattoo specialties I incorporated some practice into my first Kwanzaa challenge.

This year I decided to share more from each principle, in what I called My Kawaii Kwanzaa Challenge.

And started it on my personal Facebook page in hopes of connecting with other afro Asian enthusiasts.

Call & Response with Habari Gani

Habari gani, in Swahili, is a greeting meaning “What’s the news?”
I’m gonna find an image from my kawaii lifestyle that directly relates to each principle.
I’ll end each post with “Habari gain” If you’d like to participate, YOU can reply with the principle’s name and a picture that directly illustrates the principle of that day. Got it?!

My #KKC Recap

Umoja | Unity

Strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

Community Collaboration

🎀DC KawaiiStyle seeks to introduce & promote the philosophy of kawaii (cute) culture as a fun, happy, & positive lifestyle alternative.

🎀Be Beautiful Foundation through the arts, teaches young ladies that beauty cannot be defined within the limits that society has laid out for them and validations come from within.

Kujichagulia | Self-Determination

Define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.


I am always in beta mode …

and currently defining myself by my lifestyle (tattoo + kawaii), my art, and other creative efforts through Little INKPLAY Shop; an empowering creative atelier and kawaii culture hub.

Ujima | Collective Work and Responsibility

Build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.

With my kawaii empowerment sisters {Nikkia, Terra, Kaila & Anggy}  I’ve found strength in sharing my dreams & being vulnerable.

I’m thankful that they’ve made my dreams their own.


Ujamaa, Cooperative Economics

Build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.

My vision board of Little INKPLAY Shop

Nia, Purpose

Make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness~


A few days ago, I revisited Michael Shorter’s story about our #INKPLAY session together.

It was a reminder to me that my purpose in our community is to help others mend, through art. In this, I am also helping to mend myself.

Kuumba, Creativity

Do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.


Through creativity I am earning my keep in life and collecting experiences to be able to pay it forward.

Imani, Faith

Believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.


Here’s to believing that dreams do come true! <3

Thank you for reading~

Happy Kwanzaa!

Gambare, minna
Imani (イマーニ)

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4 thoughts on “My Kawaii Kwanzaa Challenge

  1. Oh thanks for that! I honestly don’t know much about Kwanzaa either. I think all of those principles apply to anyone to live their lives to the fullest.

  2. I had no idea about Kwanzaa! Thank you for sharing your super cute x kawaii Kwanzaa with all of us!!

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