Alaska NIHONGO Contest

On March 25 (Sat), the “Alaska NIHONGO Contest” was held at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Approximately 125 students, as well as parents and teachers, from Anchorage, Palmer, and Fairbanks participated. The event was a grand success.
The contest was opened by Mr. Kamimura, President of the Alaska Japanese Teachers Association. Mr. Aniya, Head of the Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage, then gave a few words of encouragement to the participants. This was followed by presentations from the students showcasing speeches, haiku, skit, poetry and songs. In the afternoon, a taiko drum performance by Tomodachi Taiko was followed by interviews with students who have visited Japan and an awards ceremony for the top prizewinners.
We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in the smooth operation of the contest, despite the three-year long corona impact, and express thanks to the sister cities of Saroma, Chitose, and Monbetsu for donating the trophy. We look forward to further organizing this event, which is the largest Japanese language event in Alaska.