The 34th Japanese Speech Contest in Ottawa

On March 4, the Embassy of Japan and the Organizing Committee for the Japanese Speech Contest in Ottawa held the 34th Japanese Speech Contest in Ottawa (The contest was organized with the support of Carleton University, the Japan Foundation Toronto, and Mitsui Canada Foundation.) The contest was held in person for the first time in three years since 2020. A total of 23 contestants who are currently studying Japanese delivered their speeches. They were able to show the results of their practice and the audience warmly applauded their performances.
Ambassador YAMANOUCHI Kanji delivered the opening remarks in which he hoped that the participants would play an active role as a bridge for the further development of relations between Japan and Canada in the future. Associate Professor Michael Rodgers, Director of the School of Linguistics and Language Studies in Carleton University, then gave a speech.
The Canada National Japanese Speech Contest, which is held following the regional contests that take place throughout Canada, is scheduled to be hosted at the Japan Foundation Toronto on March 26, 2023.
The results of the speech contest are the following.
Beginners’ Category:
The 1st Prize: Apollo (Quan) Lin (Queen’s University) “Music is Our Bridge”
Intermediate Category:
The 1st Prize: Michael Han (Carleton University) “To be cool or not to be cool, that was the question”
Advanced Category:
The 1st Prize: Jennifer Kim (University of Ottawa) “What the Tiger of 2022 Taught Me”
Open Category:
The 1st Prize: Olive Ude (University of Ottawa) “Your own person”

Ambassador Yamanouchi delivering opening remarks

Remarks by Dr. Rodgers, Director of the School of
Linguistics and Language Studies in Carleton University

Remarks by Ms. Sasaki, Chair of the Organizing Committee

Audience and participants

Ms. Goya, Chief Judge, giving feedback on the contest Chair of the Organizing Committee, judges and contestants