The 43rd Annual Japanese Speech Contest

On Sunday, October 23, 2016, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, Japanese American Association of Northern California (Hokka Nichibeikai), and Northern California Japanese Teachers’ Association held the 43rd Annual Japanese Speech Contest at New People Cinema. A total of 25 contestants competed in the Middle and High School Division, and College Student and Adult Division. This year contestants’ spoke about various topics such as their experiences which they had through learning Japanese language and different culture and histories, what they are feeling in their daily life and various social issues.

First place winners from each category of the Middle and High School Division speech contest received a “Street Fighter” arcade game stick from sponsor CAPCOM USA, Inc. The first place winner for the College and Adult Division of this year’s contest received a round trip economy class ticket to Japan from sponsor United Airlines.

Judges were impressed with the caliber of this year’s speeches and encouraged participants to continue their studies in the Japanese language and culture. The Consulate would like to extend our sincere congratulations to all the winners and commend all the contestants for their hard work.

Result

Middle School & High School Student Division
Winners among contestants who came from homes where Japanese is NOT spoken
1st: Ting Ting Huang (Monterey Trail High School) “Bonds”
2nd: Sabrina Elizabeth Stone (Monta Vista High School) “Beautiful Japanese”
3rd: Kelly Wang (Henry Gunn High School) “Asia and America”
   
Winners amongst contestants who came from homes where Japanese is spoken
1st: Owen Kawano Spargo (Sakura Gakuen) “I have a concern”
2nd: Daigo Frank (San Mateo Nippon Gakuyen) “Mindfulness”
3rd: Allen Luo (Henry Gunn High School) “My Grandfather’s Wallet”
   
College Student and Adult Division
1st: Sophia Seohyun Jung (Stanford) “Exploring ‘Wa’ and ‘Magokoro’”
2nd: Rojie J. Calabiao (Sacramento) “Fear is not a bad thing”
3rd: Eiden Anwei Yu (Davis) “The Never-Ending Flow of Time”
   

Participants

Participants for Middle School & High School Student Division
Contestants who come from homes where Japanese is NOT spoken
Ananya Donapati
Amy Pan
Claire Elizabeth Garlington
Opshory Choudhury
Benjamin Walsh
Jackson Matley
   
Contestants who come from homes where Japanese is spoken
Maki Cindy Miyauchi
Yuuki Hayashi
Hannah Cho
   
Participants for College Student and Adult Division
Michael Constantinou
Jacky Chuk
Juliette Chantelle Green
Jia Zhen Yap
Margaret Grace Freiwald
Katy Bridges
Tsz Fung Tang
   

Judges

Judges for Middle School & High School Student Division
Mr. Shoichi Nagayoshi Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco
Mr. Kenji Dohi Director of the Administration Division, New People, Inc.
Ms. Christy Bartlett Director, Urasenke Foundation San Francisco Branch
Dr. Noriko Nagata President, Northern California Japanese Teachers’ Association
Ms. Laura Jacob Production Coordinator, CAPCOM USA Inc.
   
Judges for College Student and Adult Division
Mr. Jun Yamada Consul General of Japan in San Francisco
Mr. Ken-ichi Sato President, Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California
Mr. Satoshi Ito General Manager, Kinokuniya Bookstores of America
Mr. Lawrence Greenwood President, Japan Society of Northern California
Mr. Kenji Furushiro President & COO, Pasona N.A,, Inc.
   

Speech contest at New People Cinema

Speech contest at New People Cinema

Greeting by Consul General Yamada

Judges’ comment by Deputy Consul General Nagayoshi

Group photo with judges and contestants of the Middle School & High School Student Division

Group photo with judges and contestants of the College Student and Adult Division

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