Speech Contest

2020/1/27
4th Annual Heritage Speech Contest [2020]

4th Annual Heritage Japanese Language Speech Contest (2020)

 
Date & Time Sunday January 26, 2020
1 PM - 3 PM
Location Japan Information Center
Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1000
Chicago, Illinois 60611
   

POSTPONED - 34th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest in Chicago (2020)

This event has been postponed due to concerns over COVID-19. We apologize and appreciate your understanding. 
 
Date & Time Saturday March 21, 2020
12 - 5 PM
Location Japan Information Center
Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1000
Chicago, Illinois 60611
 
Application Materials 34th Annual Japanese Language Speech Contest in Chicago
Application Deadline Friday, February 14, 2020
(Please note that all materials above must arrive at the Japan Information Center by this date regardless of the postmarked date)
 
Purpose To promote the study of the Japanese language in the Midwest and to deepen the mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the United States.
Categories Contestants will be divided into one of the following three categories:
  1. Category 1
    • Elementary School & Middle School Students who are learning Japanese as a foreign language.
  2. Category 2
    • High School Students who are learning Japanese as a foreign language.
  3. Category 3
    • College Students who are learning Japanese as a foreign language.
Subject Category 1:
  1. Self Introduction
  2. Favorite Things
  3. Interesting or memorable experiences or events in their life
Category 2-3:
  1. Any topic is acceptable
Eligibility This contest is open to all individuals who reside in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

All Categories
  1. Are non-native speakers of Japanese.
  2. Have not lived/studied in Japan for more than two years after the age of 6.
  3. Were not raised in homes where Japanese was spoken regularly.
  4. Have not participated twice in the same category of this contest in the past.
Judging Criteria Content, Organization, Language, Delivery and Memorization.
Sponsors
  • Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago
  • Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago
  • Japan America Society of Chicago
  • Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International 

Past Contest Results

Heritage Contest Winner
Results
  • 2020 4th Annual Heritage Japanese Contest Results [PDF]
  • 2019 Results [PDF]
  • 2019 3rd Annual Heritage Japanese Contest Results [PDF]
  • 2018 Results [PDF]
  • 2018 2nd Annual Heritage Japanese Contest Results [PDF]
  • 2017 Results [PDF ]
  • 2017 1st Annual Heritage Japanese Contest Results [PDF]
  • 2016 Results [PDF]
  • 2015 Results [PDF]
  • 2014 Results [PDF]
  • 2013 Results [PDF]
  • 2012 Results [PDF]
  • 2011 Results [PDF]
Past Speech Scripts