Pima Community College will host Tucson’s 12th Annual Japanese Speech Contest on April 26.

The event, noon to 5 p.m., at PCC’s Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road, is free and open to the public.  The Japanese Speech Contest allows students of Japanese language at all skill levels an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities.  The event features cultural exhibits, performances and student speech competitions.

“Our annual event provides our local community with an outlet to celebrate and promote Japanese language and culture,” said Yosei Sugawara, Japanese language instructor at Pima.

This year, seven students from Pima Community College and 19 students from The University of Arizona will give their speeches.  Also, for the first time this year there will be a Cosplay Competition, short for “costume play.”  Two students from Pima and eight students from two local high schools will compete in the Cosplay Competition.  

The competition is organized by Pima Community College and the Tucson Japanese Speech Contest Committee of the Southern Arizona Association for Japanese Education.

  • What:  12th Annual Japanese Speech Contest
  • When:  Noon-5 p.m., April 26, 2014
  • Where:  PCC Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road, G Building
  • Cost:  Free and open to the public
  • Info:  www.saaje.org/page4contest.html

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