Last Monday (03/02) I had a speech competition held by the foundation that found my stay in Japan, Sato International Scholarship Foundation. This competition is an annual event held by this foundation. The participant is all scholars associated with SISF. Some of them were Japanese, most of them were South Asia Countries students.
In this competition, we have to give speech in Japanese for 3 minutes. The theme options were given by SISF and different every year. This year themes were 1) If you be a head of school (elementary to university) in your country of in Japan, 2) if you be a president of your country or Japan.
For my speech I choose the first theme, specifically, to be the head of elementary school in my country. To write the idea was not so hard but to translate it to Japanese was really hard. I had to ask held from my friend to help me translate the manuscript. They were 53 participant, most of them were students who could speak Japanese well because they had been studying in Japanese Language School for 1 year before studying in their current grade.
After practicing for two weeks, I eventually presented it in front of other scholars and jury from the foundation. I was nervous when standing in the stage, in front of everybody. I tried to memorize some paragraph of my manuscripts and read the rest of them. Since I could not read furigana (Japanese character) well, I make the romaji (alphabet) version of the manuscript so I could read the manuscript faster. I also putted some intonation mark to guide me in reading it with a proper intonation.
After the speech session ended, we had a food party. They provide us lots of takoyaki, crab & vegetables, sandwich, and cheese. There was plenty of Takoyaki so we could not eat all of them.
After the first food session ended, we had an announcement about the speech competition’s winner. The result was obvious, I didn’t win. Of course, since the winners were they who didn’t read manuscript and could speak Japanese well. However, I was happy with my achievement. I thought I would only be the one who read manuscript but it was not. There many of them who also read manuscript, even for the native Japanese scholars.
We had a dessert session after that. They provided a lot of sushi, bread, and some snack. I had my stomach full of food that day.
Since the competition was held in Ebisu, next to Shibuya station. I went to Shibuya after the competition. Not long, just an hour. I took some picture over there. It was nice, but I didn’t explore many.