The 29th Japanese Language Speech Contest in Ottawa

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, the Embassy of Japan and the Organizing Committee for the Japanese Language Speech Contest in Ottawa held the 29th Japanese Language Speech Contest in Ottawa at the Embassy of Japan’s auditorium with the support of the Japan Foundation and Mitsui Canada.

A total of 20 contestants presented competitive speeches. Each contestant had very unique topics and expressed themselves in their own words. Approximately 100 people, including participants currently studying Japanese as well as their friends and families attended the event.

After an opening remarks by Ambassador Ishikane students, learning Japanese at Universities and language schools presented their speeches. Contestants were divided into four categories: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Open. The 1st prize winners of each category will be representing the Ottawa region and participating in the Canada National Japanese Speech Contest at the University of Alberta on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

The results of the speech contest are as follows: 

Beginners’ Level
 The 1st Prize:Katherine Lu (Ottawa Japanese Language School) “Conquering the bamboo fence”
 The 2nd Prize: Wei Yue (Ottawa Japanese Language School) “I want Doraemon”

Intermediate Level:
 The 1st Prize: Chikara Persaud (Carleton University) “Life of Rikishi” 
 The 2nd Prize: Ango (Qin) Wang (Carleton University) “What? I can’t get married”
 The 3rd Prize: Zhen Zhong Hu (University of Ottawa) “Me and Japan”

Advanced Level:
 The 1st Prize: Alan Wu (Carleton University) “Alcohol”

Open Level:
 The 1st Prize: Xiaolin Ding (Carleton University) “The glance of loneliness in this world”

Special Prizes:
 Judy Dang
 Tianwei Ding
 Victoria Esnard
 Hana Lamb
 Bo Qin
 Yubin Wei

Opening remarks by Dr. Aizu, Chair of the Organizing Committee

Ambassador Ishikane delivering opening remarks

Audience and participants Dr. Wada, Chief Judge giving feedback on the contest

Organizing Committee, judges and contestants

Katherine Lu, 1st prize winner of the Beginner Category Chikara Persaud, 1st prize winner of the Intermediate Category Alan Wu, 1st prize winner of the Advanced Category Xiaolin Ding, 1st prize winner of the Open Category