|2015 13th TJSC Application Instructions:
|2015 13th TJSC Application Form:
|Cosplayers! Come and show your classmates and the public what you do! Contact Miyako Mckay at email@example.com for more details on how to be part of our gathering in Exhibitions.
|To participate in the cultural exhibitions, volunteer, or become a sponsor, please contact:
|7Ramune Drinking Contest
|The 12th (2014) Annual TJSC Winners|
|1st place||Yuan Zhou||University of Arizona|
|2nd place||Qiyu Deng||University of Arizona|
|3rd place||Wesley Lee||University of Arizona|
|1st place||Sachi Cochran
||Pima Community College-West Campus
|2nd place||Xinye Wu
||University of Arizona|
|3rd place||Shemonti Hassan
||University of Arizona|
||University of Arizona|
|1st place||Li Hsiang Lee||University of Arizona|
|2nd place||Shan Zaidi||University of Arizona|
|3rd place||Jacob Holt||Pima Community College-Northwest Campus|
|Honorable Mention||Ryan Fulleman||University of Arizona|
|Judges' Special Award||Tiancheng Dai||University of Arizona|
|Judges' Special Award||Greg Molina||Pima Community College-East Campus|
|Judges' Special Award||Lou Fox||University of Arizona|
|Judges' Special Award||Julia Rand||University of Arizona|
|The 12th (2014) Annual TJSC Cosplay Competition Winners|
|1st place||Joelle Blot as Majora||Sky Islands High School|
|2nd place||Kaitlyn Johnson as Hatsune Miku||Ironwood Ridge High School|
|3rd place||David Rivas as Alucard||Ironwood Ridge High School|
Odaiko Sonora Suzuyuki-kai Sonoran Aiki-kai
|The Tucson Japanese
|The TJSC Committee
|The TJSC Community
|TJSC Sponsors (2012)
|The 10th Annual TJSC (2012) Winners|
|The TJSC Photo Gallery|
|2014 12th Contest|
|2013 11th Contest|
|2012 10th Contest|
|2011 9th Contest
|2010 8th Contest|
|2009 7th Contest|
1990, Pima Community College's East Campus held the first Japanese speech contest in
Four years later, statewide interest in
contest had grown to the extent that the annual event was turned over to
the AATJ (Arizona Association of Teachers of Japanese) and it
was decided that the
Arizona State Japanese Speech Contest would be held annually
locations throughout the state. For the next several years,
students from Tucson, their families and friends travelled to
the Phoenix area and often as far away as Flagstaff to attend the event.
By 2001, enrollment in Japanese courses in Arizona had skyrocketed. In Tucson alone, in addition to the Japanese classes offered by the University of Arizona and Pima Community College's East Campus, PCC's West, Downtown and Northwest Campuses added Japanese language sequences. In response to the increased number of applicants to the contest, the AATJ adopted a percentage system to determine how many students from each university, college, and region of the state could participate. Unfortunately, this meant that a large number of potential participants had to be turned away. As a result, in 2002, Yosei Sugawara, Pima's East Campus lead Japanese language instructor, approached the chair of East Campus' Language Department, with the idea of returning to the origins of the event by organizing a local Japanese speech contest in which all of Tucson's students could take part.
With Pima Community College's enthusiastic approval, it was announced that the 1st Annual Tucson Japanese Speech Contest (TJSC) would be held in Spring 2003. Tucson-area colleges, universities, local organizations and businesses stepped forward to provide financial support and a number of faculty and community members volunteered their time to make the contest a success. When the first TJSC was held on April 5th, over 100 audience members watched as Tucson's students presented their speeches in PCC's East Campus' Community Room.
Since that first year, more than 2,500 community members have attended the annual contest in support of Japanese language students from Pima Community College's East, Downtown, West and Northwest Campuses, the University of Arizona, Kino School, Sky Islands High School, Dodge Middle School, the Bernard Language School, and IBM Tucson. Judges have included members of the Japanese Rotary Club, the Japan America Society, and the Japanese Exchange Teaching Program, representatives from IBM Japan, Raytheon, Canon, and Sumitomo , postdoctoral students and faculty from the University of Arizona, a member of the Legislative Bureau of the Japanese House of Representatives and even a Sahuarita, Arizona police officer. Over seventy local businesses and organizations have become regular contributors and, for many years, their contributions have been supplemented by the Japanese Consulate in Los Angeles and by grants from the Japan Foundation of Los Angeles.
In addition to the student speech competition, the TJSC has grown into a day-long celebration of student accomplishment and intercultural communication with Japan-related cultural performances, demonstrations and exhibitions playing an increasingly important role. Exhibitors and performers have included Odaiko Sonora, the PCC Northwest Anime Club, the Tucson Go Club, the Shinsei School of Ikebana, the Tucson Origami Club, the Southern Arizona Koi Society (SAKA), Rendo-kan Dojo (judo and karate), Yamakawa Dojo (iaido), Urasenke Chado (Japanese tea ceremony), Ayako Enterprises (samurai weapons), Martial Arts of Tucson (aikido), Desert Dojo Martial Arts (ninjutsu), Nono & Co. (a J-pop band), the University of Arizona Archery Club (kyuudo), Mari Kaneta's Suzuyuki-kai (classical Japanese dance), Paul Amiel (shakuhachi), and the Japanese Ministry of Education and International Relations (the JET Program). Community volunteers have presented interactive demonstrations of furoshiki wrapping, calligraphy, kimono-do, hanafuda, and Cos-play, and local nonprofits such as the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition (SAJCC) and Yume Japanese Gardens have reached out to the community announcing special events including the Mochi-tsuki, Tsukimi and various Japan-related educational opportunities.
In 2014, after twelve years as Chair of the TJSC Committee, Dr. Sugawara stepped down, turning his responsibilites over to Miyako Mckay, the President of the Southern Arizona Association for Japanese Education (SAAJE) and to Itsumi Ishikawa-Peck of the University of Arizona, the Chair of the 13th Annual TJSC Committee. With SAAJE and the University of Arizona's East Asian Department agreeing to take leadership, the TJSC will continue its strong committment to promoting language education and intercultural understanding.
Tucson Japanese Speech Contest Committee (TJSCC) was formed in 2002.
All members are volunteers
who dedicate their time to help with the annual contest.
current committee includes Japanese language teachers and
students, a graphic designer, a business manager, a
officer, a software engineer and a stay-at-home mom. The
members help schedule cultural exhibitions and performances
the contest, decorate the annual venue, provide signage for the event,
organize prizes for the students, and contact potential
If you're interested in helping us provide this annual event to our community, consider joining the TJSCC. Anyone who would like to donate his/her time and effort is welcome. Many current members speak no Japanese so please don't let the language stop you. If interested, please contact us at TucsonJSC@cox.net.
Each year at the conclusion of the contest,
the TJSC Committee presents TJSC Community Awards to outstanding sponsors and
volunteers in appreciation for their support of the contest.
Vantage West Credit Union
(also accepting for Maritza Keefe)
TJSC Community Award Recipients
|2014 (12th TJSC)||Yamato Japanese Restaurant||Ann Taylor Piano Studio|
|Miyako Mckay (Community Volunteer)||Narihiro Kiyota (Univerity of Arizona)|
|2013 (11th TJSC)||Samurai Restaurant||Natsu Lewallen (Community Volunteer)|
|2012 (10th TJSC)||Aikido of Tucson||Odaiko Sonora|
|Fukumi Zapp (Community Volunteer)|
|2011 (9th TJSC)||Bryana Scott (Community Volunteer)||Peter Tredici (Pima Community College)|
|Martial Arts of Tucson|
|2010 (8th TJSC)||Patricia Houston (Pima Community College)||Tom Struck (Fantasy Comics)|
|2009 (7th TJSC)||Reene Terry (Community Volunteer)||Bernie Houser (Vantage West Credit Union)|
|Rick & Maritza Keefe (R-Galaxy)|
|2008 (6th TJSC)||Elizabeth Harrison (University of Arizona)||Michael Samuels (Central Animal Hospital)|
|2007 (5th TJSC)||Japan-America Society of Tucson||Carla Eardley (Straight Road Studio)|
|2006 (4th TJSC)||Wally Barber (Tucson Kendo Kai)||Kazumi Saito (Community Volunteer)|
|2005 (3rd TJSC)||Constance Strickland
(Pima Community College)
||Bob Zormeier (Ayako Enterprises)|
|2004 (2nd TJSC)||Clint Whittakar (Community Volunteer)|
|2003 (1st TJSC)||Tandika Star (Tandika.com)|
|2014 TJSC Sponsors|
Campus, PCC-East Campus Student Life and Activities Office, Consulate-General
of Japan at Los Angeles, VantageWest Credit Union, Sky Island High School, JTB,
R-GALAXY, Fantasy Comics, Desert Toyota, Reynolds Logistics, Sushi on Oracle, Yamato
Restaurant, Ginza Restaurant, Samurai Restaurant, Yukari Sushi, Saffron Indian
Oriental Market, Rendokan Dojo, Aikido
of Tucson, Sonoran Aikikai, Martial Arts of Tucson, Michael Drake Attorney at
Law, Wright & Wright Attorney at Law, Central Animal Hospital, Ann Taylor
Studio, Ms. Kristy Pearson, Ms. Hitomi McKnight, Mr. Alan Haggh, Mr. Atsushi
Nagasaki, Suzuyuki-Kai, Acupuncture Oasis, Tucson Go Club, Yume Japanese
Gardens of Tucson
If your business or organization is interested in helping sponsor the TJSC, please contact us at TucsonJSC@cox.net.
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