Online Japanese Speech Contest 2021.11.21 Videos
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we were unable to hold the speech contest last year, but it was held online this year.
There were 7 participants whose videos were taken in the lounge meeting room, while another 2 people participated online.
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Indonesia and Japan are both Asian countries, but their cultures are a little different.For example, when children or young people in Indonesia meet someone older than themselves, they take that person’s hand and draw it to their forehead. This gesture shows how valued older people are.
I will talk about megaliths that were made about 7000 years ago. In Brittany, a region in the northwest of France, there are a group of megaliths about 2 to 3 meters in height called menhir. There are also dolmen, which are giant stones combined to create building-like structures. We can only wonder how and why ancient people piled several tons of these stones many meters high. There are many things about this topic to keep us interested.
Photography is my hobby. I started when I received my first camera from my father 15 years ago. The first photograph that I took was of the flowers and trees next to my house. After that, I began taking photos of cosplayers I met at anime conventions and of scenery in different places around the world. Today, I will talk about my photography journey.
The Mid-Autumn Festival in Malaysia, also called the “Mooncake and Lantern Carnival,” is widely popular among Malaysians. During the Mid-Autumn Festival, the streets are bustling and decorated beautifully with multicolored lanterns. We give family and friends mooncakes as gifts, and we gather with family and talk over a delicious meal.
I came from Vietnam and I’m learning different things every day. Saving money, telling others how I feel, love for my homeland, how to prioritize tasks at work, how to gain confidence by going out with a good appearance, and other things. I want to study Japanese even more and become a person who can successfully connect Vietnam and Japan.
Japan and China have many festivals that are similar. Although they may seem similar, there are also some differences. For example, in Japan, mochi is eaten during the New Year, but in China, we eat gyoza. Other than that, there are several other festivals that are held on the same day with slight differences. I think it’s interesting that Japan and China have had deep ties for a long time.
Everyone has feelings of fear and anxiety. Today, I will talk about experiences where I was scared and troubled, what I did, how I understood, and how I got rid of those feelings. Please listen to my inner voice.
Garcia Gonzalez Lorena【Mexico】（3 years in Japan）”Mexican Culture, Day of the Dead” online 9:22
The Dragon Boat Festival started long ago in China, and I will talk about it in Taiwan and Japan. When I was a child, I remember having fun watching a boat race with my family during the Dragon Boat Festival. I was very surprised when I found out that Children’s Day in Japan was the same as the Dragon Boat Festival in Taiwan. I was also surprised to find out that the rice dumplings we eat in Taiwan during the Dragon Boat Festival can also be found in many varieties in Japan, too.
Mr. Shohei Yoshida, Professor at Yokohama National University
The first instructor for the introductory Japanese course at the lounge 14 years ago (2007)
Mr. Akio Ozawa, Aoba Ward Mayor
There are 4,400 foreign residents living in Aoba Ward
Japanese Speech Event 2019.11.10 You can view the video of each speaker
Japanese speech event 2018 You can watch the video of it.
“China where no purse is necessary”
“I got used to the life in Japan.”
Japanese speech event 2017 You can watch the video of it.
Mr. Kazuto Nakagawa, director of Yamauchi Community Center (left)
Commentator： Ms. Ayako Kishine, Kanlin Japanese School (right)
Attraction show ：
Japanese Speech Event by Foreigners learning Japanese 2016
Japanese Speech 2015
Japanese speech event by foreigners studying Japanese October 25, 2014
[Feedback of listeners]
2013 Japanese speech convention by foreigners studying Japanese 2013.11.17
Place: The meeting room on the 4th floor of Aoba Ward Office
Co-host: Aoba Ward Office, Yokohama City
|Annual Japanese Speech Contest was held at Aoba Ward Office meeting room. 11 people studying at Japanese classes and supplemental classes for children participated at the contest. The topics were about their countries, difference between their countries and Japan, and what they felt after they started living in Japan.|
Tat Shibata (Thailand)
He talked about his favorite things such as Shinkansen, ships, insects, and Gundam. He also showed us Origami he made and pictures he painted.
Ms. Xiao Hongjie (China)
“Things I wondered when I came to Japan.”
She talked how she was surprised to see girls in miniskirt and how she gradually became possible to eat something such as Sushi that she couldn’t eat at the beginning.
Mr. Lee Chang Jung (Korea)
“Living experience in Japan”
He talked about his experience when he went camping with his family in summer vacation. He told us humorously his experience of eating grilled beef and of swimming in the sea and made us laugh.
Mr. Takaryu Saitou (China)
“My school life”
He talked about his friends and teachers both in China and in Japan. He also talked his strong wish to study and to play volleyball in his solid Japanese.
Ms. Kurudi (Indonesia)
“Cultural difference between Indonesia and Japan”
She told us how to name a baby in Indonesia. She also told us that she often encountered inconvenience in Japan because they don’t have family name in Indonesia.
Ms. Yao Dongqing (China)
“I and Japan”
She told us the motivator for her to like Japan was Anime and she started to like more after she came to live in Japan.
Ms. Ha Phon Thuy (Vietnam)
She talked about Vietnamese foods, introduced us ao dai (She was in a beautiful ao dai.), also told us the myth concerning the lake in Hanoi using pictures.
Mr. Wishwesh Bandya (India)
“Experience of travel in Japan”
She talked about her family and about the travel with her family. Her speech about hard experience of climbing Mt. Fuji was very impressive.
Mr. Kyle Nishida (Philippines)
“Philippines and Japan”
He humorously told us that mass class was more difficult in Japan, but as for speaking English, students in Philippines were far better.
Ms. Cheng Yi (China)
She told us about the growth of her cute son with full of her love. It really was a speech of a mother.
Ms. Ceng Lijie (China)
"My life in Japan"
She told us that Japanese cuisine was a little bit too sweet for one from Sichuan province. She also told us that the sky in Japan is very beautiful.
Aoba Ward Mayer
Mr. Masahiko Tokue
Attraction Grass whistle
Mr. Tengu Shibata
＊ Voice of audience
・ I was surprised that all speakers were so good despite of the difficulty of Japanese.
・ I was very grad to know that all of you were studying Japanese very hard.
・ I was impressed that you were studying very hard placing importance on your own culture and customs.
・ I was pleased to hear their saying “I love Japan”.
・ The host did a great job and I enjoyed it.
・ It was nice to have a rare chance of listening to grass whistle.