Japanese Speech Contest

January and February will be helluva hectic for me. Why?

 

1. NP in-house Japanese speech contest
On Speech contest, NP Advanced B students will speech in Japanese.
Also, Japanese High school students will visit us as guest judge.
We will have interaction over coffee and snack.
It’s good opportunity to talk with Japanese high school students in
Japanese!
Date: 19 Jan(Friday)
Time: 4:30-7pm
Venue: LT79
Program: Speech contest and interaction

2.Presentation of Japan trip
6 Advanced B students went to Japan last year for Language training trip. They stayed Osaka 2 weeks with host family. what  they found out in Japan? Is there any amazing things in Japan? What do you need to do if you are in Japan?They will give presentation of Japan and you will find know what is “real Japan ” is like.This is lunch time talk session, so feel free to bring your lunch and listen their presentation!It’s open to every one. Of course you can bring along your friend who don’t take Japanese class also!
Date: 24 Jan(Wed)
Time: 12-1pm
Venue: Blk53#04-08
Program: presentation and Q&A session

3. Japanese & English Speech Contest in Japanese high school
Waseda Shibuya Senior High School will hold in-house Speech contest in Japanese and English.Japanese students will give a speech in English and NP students will give a speech in Japanese.After speech contest we will have interaction time. It’s good chance to improve your Japanese and make Japanese friend.If you are interested in this event, please contact your lecturer or Chishiho sensei (mch2@np.edu.sg)
Date: 16 feb(Friday)
Time: 4-6pm
Venue: Waseda Shibuya Senior High School
Program: Speech contest and interaction

I’ll be going for all 3 events :) Helping out in the first event, taking a look at the second and participating in the third.

Yes. I am going up to stage, facing a sea of Japanese Senior High School girls and guys and reading my speech in their native language whilst the Japanese students will do their in English.

I joined in without much thinking. Don’t ask me why, seriously. Sensei wants us to prepare our draft in both English and Japanese next thursday. I’ll probably talk on “My Future/Desire” or something along those lines. It’s the first for me to give a speech, and I hope I don’t screw up haha.

Date: 16 feb(Friday)
Time: 4-6pm
Venue: Waseda Shibuya Senior High School
Program: Speech contest and interaction

Do come and support me people! I think it’s free admission. XD

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Oh, and for those who were wondering why I had to wear such formal clothes today. My group had to do our presentation and we’d decided to wear the ‘office attire’ (meaning long sleeve shirts, suits and all) and present.


^ The five of us. I’m on the outmost right.

 

Comiket 71

Comiket 71 is drawing near! It’s Winter Comiket a.k.a Fuyucomi!

For those who do not know what comiket is

Comiket, otherwise known as the Comic Market or CM, is the world’s largest comic convention, held twice a year in Tokyo, Japan. The first CM was held in December 1975, with only about 30 participating circles and an estimated 700 attendees. Attendance has since swelled to over a quarter of a million people. The convention lasts for three days. It is a grassroots, DIY effort for selling dōjinshi, self-published Japanese works. As items sold in CM are considered very rare (because dōjinshi are seldom reprinted), some items sold at CM can be found in shops or on the Internet at prices up to 10 times the item’s original price.

The continuing operation of CM is the responsibility of the Comic Market Preparatory Committee (CMPC).

Source: Wikipedia <LInk>

Well, is anyone going for this one?


^ Tokyo Big Sight, Odaiba, Tokyo

Comiket 71
Dates: Dec 29-31, 2006
Time:10:00 ~ 16:00
Location: Tokyo Big Sight Halls East 1-2-3-4-5-6 West 1-2-3-4; Ariake 3-21-1, Koto-ku, Tokyo

The location is the same as always, over at Tokyo Big Sight (Winter),on December 29,30,31 in 2006. This year’s comiket is a little odd, as it finishes on New Year’s eve. After which, there is Shogatsu (New Year) which is the most important holiday in Japan and most businesses would be closed from January 1 to January 3, and families spend time together. There is also special dishes to be eaten as well, such at Osechi ryori, otoso and ozoni.

Okay, I went abit off track there ^^.

I guess it would be cold over at comiket as it’s winter, so people who are going, do wear sufficient clothes and at least a mode of transportation home as it would be very very very crowded (New Year’s eve). You could probably grab one or two extras and hide them under your clothes :p

The catalog for C71 is out on the internets as well. I do see a couple of interesting stuff. Too bad I can’t attend any for these events as I’m not in Japan. Give me 5 more years :)

BT

[Moe]_Comic_Market_71_CD-ROM_Catalogue.rar <LInk>

No HTTP downloads for this one.

Enjoy then!

Tokyo Big Sight (eng) <Link>

Comiket (eng) <Link>

Language

Language , a form of communication protocal used between 2 parties. One that allows relationships to be built or broken. One that pushes us beyond our very own limits. New experiences, new people, new environment. Or is it merely for survival? How far can we go with this communication protocol? How does our brain process such complex terms and emotions that link to it?

What sparks interest in a language? Is it pop culture? Music culture? Fashion? Visual arts?  Or just plain fiery passion to learn the language to communicate?

Danny from Dannychoo.com did a neat post on “Learn Japanese”. It explains on the very root of that curiousity and enthusiasm, moving onto the process, and the results and achievements.

Read his blog entry <Link>

 I never did questioned why I would like to learn a new language. I guess it’s mostly pure interest. and the culture that is linked to it. Also, learning it would enable proper communication with those on the other side (in the other country). On IRC, we have people from all walks of life (and countries). France, Holland, Kyoto, London, Orleans, Russian, Tibet, etc. Yet, we communicate using the ‘standard’ langauge, English. I believe that in order to completely understand a country’s culture, one needs to know it’s language. Take Singapore for example, we have ‘singlish’ (creole, mixture of languages).

Lah, Lor, Leh etc, are discourse particles at the end of sentences. Jokes and puns require knowledge of singlish and probably malay, hokkien, cantonese etc. Many (foreigners) think that just by adding a ‘ah’or ‘Loh’ at the end of each sentece, they will be speaking singlish. Unfortuntely, I’m afriad you’re wrong.

So, what made me take up Japanese? I guess it was the desire to be a mangaka (manga creator/author) or a anime character developer. Why the interest in anime? It’s probably because it’s moe (cute), ever-ready refreshing and lots of fun to watch. An online friend of mine told me “Hey, let’s study Japanese and be involved in anime creation in one way or another”. We had similar interest in anime. And from that day, I somehow swore to work in Japan one day. He’s studying in Japan starting next march.

However, living in Japan wouldn’t be an easy task. Given that it’s ‘the most difficult language to pick up’ , I believe it would take lots of hardwork and passion to get there. It is the same with other languages as well. Each having it’s own form of difficulties. Yet, during the process of learning, we find satisfication as we continue to improve, just like how a small kid smiles with each step he/she take, or how one reaches orgasm and wants it again.

Having said this, what is your desire? Lust? Passion?