November 25, 2021

JOIN NOW: The 49th Nihongo Speech Contest goes online in 2022

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  • The influence of Japanese culture has been celebrated across the globe. Often seen in food, pop culture, and even in movies. When you are a big fan of everything Japanese, learning the language should be one of your goals. By doing this, you’ll have a deeper appreciation of their traditions. Besides, learning Nihongo is fun as hell!

    IMAGE from the Japan Foundation, Manila 

    49th Nihongo Speech Contest (2022 Edition)

    Recently, the Japan Foundation, Manila, a Japanese organization that celebrates the bond between Japan and the Philippines, invited everyone to join the 16th Nihongo Fiesta 2022!

    It aims to promote cultural exchange through Japanese Language Education and will feature live performances and various events for those engaged in the Japanese language. Currently, the event will be purely online to keep everyone safe and sound from the dreaded coronavirus.

    One of the highlights of Nihongo Fiesta 2022 is the 49th Nihongo Speech Contest 2022″ which will be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022.

    IMAGE from the Japan Foundation, Manila

    Nihongo Speech Contest 2022 provides a platform to showcase the level of linguistic skills of contestants especially students and professionals that are interested in the Japanese language.

    “This contest has a long history in the Philippines, and the Center will continue to work to expand the circle of the Japanese language. It continues to attract high-caliber contestants from the country’s numerous language institutes, colleges/universities, and other organizations offering Japanese language courses,”the Japan Foundation, Manila said.


    48th Nihongo Speech Contest (2021 Edition)


    Last year Winners and The online event/IMAGE from the Japan Foundation, Manila 

    According to the Japan Foundation, Manila, they received three times as many applications compared to the previous year. On the day of the finals, they live-streamed the event on Facebook, etc. The nine finalists connected to the Internet from their workplaces and homes and gave speeches with rich expressions that they must have practiced countless times.

    The three-hour live broadcast was a great success, with over 7,600 views and more than 1,200 comments of support not only from the Philippines but also from Japan and other countries.

    To check this year’s event, click here.


    IMAGE from the Japan Foundation, Manila 

    Aside from showcasing their skills, the Grand Champion Award winner will take part in an all-expense-paid week-long study tour in Japan; all finalists will receive a Certificate of Participation and special prizes such as Japanese goods and gadgets among others.


    Application Information: Three Categories

    Category 1: Student Division
    1. Must be a student currently enrolled in a university/college or senior high school in the Philippines.
    2. Must not have stayed in Japan for more than a total (accumulated) of seven (7) months

    Category 2: Non-student Division
    1. Must not be a student currently enrolled in a university/college or senior high school in the Philippines.
    2. Must not have stayed in Japan for more than a total (accumulated) of seven (7) months.

    Category 3: Open Division
    1. Those who are not eligible under the conditions of Category 1 or 2 falls under Category 3. However, those who are eligible for Category 1 or 2, but with a  high level of Nihongo proficiency may apply for Category 3.
    2. Must not have been a recipient of the “Outstanding Performance Award” or “Grand Champion Award”, in the case of previous winners of Category 1 or 2.

    General Conditions:
    1. Must be a Filipino citizen or a non-Japanese citizen who currently resides in the Philippines and with a “permanent resident” status.
    2. Japanese is not the first nor the native language (mother tongue).
    3. Must be at least 18 years old by June 1, 2022.
    4. Must not be a previous winner in a Speech Contest sponsored by the Japan Foundation.
    5. Must be able to correspond and send digital data via email.
    6. Must be able to join the “all-expense-paid week-long study tour” – if selected as the “Grand Champion Award” winner.


    The deadline of the duly-accomplished Application Form, Japanese Manuscript with a recording of the speech (time limit – within 5 minutes) will be on Tuesday – 11 January 2022, for All applicants

    The preliminary competition (3 points)
    ・The preliminary competition for Mindanao applicants is scheduled on Saturday – January 22, 2022.
    ・The preliminary competition for Luzon applicants is scheduled on Sunday – January 23, 2022.
    ・The preliminary competition for Visayas applicants is scheduled on Saturday – February 5, 2022.




    ・For Luzon and Mindanao applicants (

    ・For Visayas applicants (

    For details/clarifications on the contest Pre-screening for Visayas applicants, please contact the Japanese Association Cebu, Inc., 5/F Clotilde Commercial Center, M.L. Quezon St., Casuntingan, Mandaue City; (email. / tel. # 032-343-8066 / fax # 032-343-7663).

    For details/clarifications on the contest, other cultural projects/grant programs, and the Nihongo Fiesta activities, please contact the Japan Foundation, Manila – 23/F Pacific Star Bldg., Makati Avenue, Makati City ( / / website:

    Join now and improve your Japanese prowess!

    Source: the Japan Foundation, Manila 

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