Consulate General of Japan Holds 6th Annual Japanese Language Contest (April 9, 2016)

On April 9 the Consulate General of Japan in Boston held the Sixth Annual Japanese Language Contest at the Coolidge Corner branch of the Brookline Public Library.  The contest was divided into two sections: the Essay Section, with 45 entries, and the Speech Section with 25.  All participants were university and college students studying Japanese in the New England area.

The designated theme for the essay section was “My Japan.”  Essays took up such specific topics as New Year’s cooking, black and white films, and personal memories of Japan.  It was extremely difficult to choose the winners.  To see the winning essays, click here.

Topics covered in the speech section were similarly diverse.  They included novelist Osamu Dazai, the cartoon character Chibi Maruko-chan, and the world of professional You-Tubers.   Just as with the essay section, it was very difficult to choose the winning speechs. 
Thanks go to Kodansha USA, Shoyeido Incense Co., Matsueido, and the Boston Red Sox for their valued cooperation and contributions.

Consul General Himeno gives words of welcome.                     Winners in the Speech section.

Winners in the Essay Section.                                             Scene from the Speech Contest.