1. Press Release

Speech by Ms. Kate Leonard, the Honorary Consul General of Japan at San Diego

YouTube Video

Press Release for 16th San Diego Japanese Speech Contest 2013

Sunday March 17, 2013
registration open at 12:30 pm at the patio
Contest starts at 1:00 pm
Place: Carlsbad Public Library Auditorium
           1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011-4048 (map)
            (760) 602-2049

Fumiko Tachibana
San Diego Region 16th Annual Japanese Speech Contest Committee 2013
P.O. Box 28884, San Diego, CA 92198
Fax: 858-217-6069
E-mail:sdjsc2014@gmail.com (during the application)

San Diego’s 16th annual top non-native Japanese speech contest rallies America’s finest high school and college students to speak up (San Diego, CA 3-17-2013)

Youth from across San Diego gather to speak out and present their stories for a chance to win cash/non-cash prizes and a shot at a national contest. In addition to commemorate the recent tsunami, Japanese natives and community members will be present and volunteering for cultural exchange interactions. If you are a local high school and college/university student who is studying Japanese or love Japanese culture, art, history, and people this is for you.

Place: Carlsbad Public Library in Carlsbad, San Diego, California
Time: March 17 Sunday 12:30 - 5:00 pm *Contest starts at 1:00.)
Who: high school students and College/University students in San Diego

Top three high school winners are eligible to compete at the National Competition. http://www.jlsf-aurora.org/speechcontest.html

There is no national competition for college/university students, regrettably.

GUESTS AND JUDGES for 2013 scheduled:


Here is a list of competing schools in the past since 1996:

High school level: Many public schools in San Diego area. Some private high schools and home schools in San Diego County.
(Otay Lakes, Eastlake, Hilltop, Samuael F.B. Morse, Patrick Henry, Scripps Ranch, San Dieguito Academy, Torrey Pines, San Marcos,
Mission Hills, Oceanside, Mission Vista High School, Escondido Charter, La Costa Canyon, San Pasqual, La Jolla Country Day School, work in progress)

College level: All community colleges, public and private universities in San Diego
(Southwestern, San Diego Mesa, Grossmont, Mira Costa, Palomar, San Diego State University, San Diego University, Cal State University San Marcos, University of California San Diego).

Video clips from the 2012 contest.  https://sites.google.com/site/sdjsc2013/about-2012-contest

We appreciate your helping us out in any way you can:

College students who can help us out please meet at 11:30 pm sharp at the library patio! 
Please finish lunch on your own before the meeting
Check the map in advance, not on the day of the event, so that you don't have to call me or others on your way to the event.
Make sure your car is in a good condition. ^_^

If you would like to volunteer to help us out, please send email to tachibanacenter@yahoo.com
Thank you!


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