Greensboro Japanese Speech Contest 2021
A panel of judges led by a senior official from the Japanese Consulate in Atlanta decides who wins special prizes in the beginning, intermediate and advanced contest categories but everyone goes home a winner. Thanks in large part to the Kohler Award, every year all contestants and volunteers receive the t-shirt designed for that year’s contest and a certificate of appreciation for their hard work.
Last spring, ongoing COVID restrictions prohibited an in-person contest; however, the Kohler Award covered web design and hosting fees making it possible for the 5th GJSC to go online. The creativity of the online 5th GJSC presentations – including poems, songs, anime, stop action and VR shorts, and even a one-man mini-spooky movie – was so outstanding that the Japanese Consulate awarded two UNCG students, the 1st prize winners from the intermediate and advanced categories, roundtrip travel to Japan for a two-week guided tour of the country. If not for the 2021 Kohler Award, it couldn’t have happened.
Article written by Dr. Yosei Sugawara, P.h.D., Language, Literatures, and Cultures