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:
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”
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”
The 1st Prize： Alan Wu (Carleton University) “Alcohol”
The 1st Prize： Xiaolin Ding (Carleton University) “The glance of loneliness in this world”
|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|