KOSMIC's 30th Annual Japanese Speech Contest for International Students--Report

On Saturday, December 6th, students, alumni, and faculty members  gathered at the Mita Public Speaking Hall (Mita Enzetsu-kan) for the 30th Annual Japanese Speech Contest hosted by KOSMIC.
 Nine international students gave speeches according to the theme for this year: "Best things about Japan everyone in my home country should know".

The contestants all gave great speeches that they had been preparing specially for this contest with their Japanese tutors since November.
Every speech was thoughtful, and they allowed even the  Japanese members of the audience to rediscover Japan with new perspectives from outside of the country.

The title of the winning speeches and the nationality of the prize winner (in parentheses) are as follows:
Advanced Level First Prize
“Made in Japan and Made in China” (China)
Advanced Level Second Prize
"Unchanging and Everlasting  Japanese culture” (Taiwan)
Elementary and Intermediate Level First Prize
“Comparison of Japanese and Chinese Behavior Education” (China)
After the speeches, a behind-the- scenes video was shown to the audience to share the real story behind each contestant. The video included scenes from the speakers’ tutoring sessions and their impressions of participating in this speech contest.
Details of the Event
Date: December 6th, 2014 13:00~15:30
Location: Mita Public Speaking Hall (Mita Enzetsu-kan), Mita Campus,
Number of the Contestants: 9 Students
Host of the Speech Contest
KOSMIC: http://kosmic.blog.so-net.ne.jp/

Photo Gallery 

ec6t0387w.jpg A speech by an international student


The audience listening enthusiastically


Award ceremony


A group photo of the speakers


A group photo of the speakers and their Japanese tutors

Photo: Susumu Ishito