The Japanese Embassy and the Japanese Teachers’ Association in Qatar (JALTAQ), in cooperation with the Japan School of Doha, held the fifth Japanese speech contest recently at the Japan School of Doha.
Ambassador Kenjiro Monji and his wife and an audience of more than 130, including those studying Japanese and students interested in Japan, attended the event.
Eight advanced Japanese learners in Qatar, including six Qataris, a German and a Mexican, participated in the contest under two categories.
Saad Al Kuwari was declared winner in Category B (free topic) for a speech titled ‘What We Need.’ Saad received a round-trip ticket to Tokyo courtesy of Qatar Airways.
In Category A (assigned theme), Fatima Al Khater won the first place with her speech titled “23”. Fatima won a digital camera courtesy of Fifty One East.
The rest of the winners of the contest received prizes offered by Japanese restaurant Junko, Mitsui OSK Lines and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.
Ambassador Monji expressed his gratitude to the sponsors, whose involvement, he said, had lent prestige to the contest.
Tenkei Nomura, a Japanese flower artist visiting Doha for an Ikebana demonstration, exhibited various flower arrangements at the event.
After the contest, songs in Arabic, English and Japanese performed by pupils of the Japan School added spice to the event and impressed the audience.
The contest ended with a reception where all the participants and audience fostered their friendship while enjoying Japanese food.
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