KOSMIC's 35th Annual Japanese Speech Contest for International Students--Report

On Saturday, December 7th, students, alumni, and faculty members gathered at the Mita Public Speaking Hall (Mita Enzetsu-kan) for the 35th Annual Japanese Speech Contest hosted by KOSMIC.
 Fifteen international students gave speeches according to the theme for this year: "What Japan made me realize about my country".

The contestants all gave great speeches that they had been preparing specially for this contest with their Japanese tutors since October.

With each of the finalists presenting their own unique takes on the theme, the audience was treated to a mixture of humorous anecdotes, heartwarming stories, and shrewd observations covering a variety of topics.

The speech titles and nationalities of the prize winners are as follows:

 Advanced Level First Prize
『中国人は楽に暮らしたい? ~Does Chinese prefer easy life?~』(China)

 Intermediate Level First Prize
『カジュアルな笑顔は社会をより良くできる ~Casual smile could make a better society~』(China)

 Elementary Level First Prize
『お客様は王様だ! ~The customer is always right!~』(Germany)

After the speeches, a behind-the- scenes video was shown to the audience to share the real story behind each contestant. The video included the speaker’s enthusiasm for the speech contest and the message from their Japanese student advisors.

Details of the Event
Date: December 7th, 2019 13:00~16:30
Location: Mita Public Speaking Hall (Mita Enzetsu-kan), Mita Campus,
Number of the Contestants: 15 Students
Host of the Speech Contest
KOSMIC: http://www.ic.keio.ac.jp/intl_student/organization/kosmic.html


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Speeches by international students


The audience listening enthusiastically


Award ceremony


The speakers and their Japanese student advisors


The speakers and judges

Photo: Aki Takematsu