Congratulations to the three Carleton students who competed in last Sunday’s National Japanese Speech Contest: Mano Hooper and Zehan Zhou (4th year Japanese) and Wentian Yao (1st year Japanese).  Mano won first prize in the “Open” category and received a scholarship from the Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research.

Thanks to our Organizing Committee members Yoriko Aizu (National) and Mami Sasaki (Regional) as well as all members of our Japanese language teaching team for their contributions and for inspiring students to participate!

Now in its 31st year, this annual contest brings together regional winners from across the country to compete at a national level.  We hosted the event last year, however this year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made in early March to move the competition online.  Thanks to extraordinary cooperation among universities and organizations in Canada’s seven participating regions, organizers were able to conduct the event virtually.  A recording of a livestream from the event can be viewed here

Event sponsors include:

  • Japan Communications Inc.
  • Japan Foundation
  • Mitsui Canada Foundation
  • Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research
  • ShowFlex International Inc.
  • Toronto Shokokai
  • Toyota Canada Inc.
  • University of Toronto (East Asian Studies)
  • Yamaha Canada Music Ltd.