Announcement of winners!!

The winners of the 39th Annual Washington State Japanese Speech & Skit Contest are now posted on our Contest Winners page! Go check out who won!

To all of this year’s contest participants, we thank you for your dedication in competing and for helping us continue our tradition of the Japanese Speech & Skit Contest!

Haba-Tan (はばタン), Hyogo Prefecture’s mascot, sends a heartfelt “Thank You” to all of this year’s contest participants!

Japanese Language Festival 2022!

Today’s the day! If you haven’t already, go register for the Japanese Language Festival 2022 and join us for some Japanese language learning, Japanese culture, trivia, and celebrating Japanese language education in Washington State!

Anyone is welcome, and registration is FREE!
Be sure to register before the event begins!

USA: Saturday, March 12 (4:00 pm – 5:10 pm, PST) Sign-in begins at 3:45 pm
Japan: Sunday, March 13 (9:00 am – 10:10 am) Sign-in begins at 8:45 am

LOCATION: Online Zoom event

This year’s festivities include:
★ Announcement of the 39th Annual Japanese Speech & Skit Contest winners!
★ Meet our special MC, veteran voice actress Run Sasaki, who has voiced characters such as Alfin in Crusher Jo and Vanessa in Super Dimension Fortress Macross.
★ Watch and learn about the art of Kendama with Kendama Brothers, Nick and Zack Gallagher!
★ Compete with others in a live Kahoot! Quiz filled with Japanese trivia to win a prize!
★ Learn about the JET Program and promoting international relations in Japan after graduating!
★ A chance for everyone who joins the event to win some cool door prizes, which includes fun games and treats!
★ And more!

For more information and to register, please visit the Japanese Language Festival 2022 event page.

We hope to see you there!

UPDATE: Date Change of Announcement of 2022 Contest Winners!

Quick Summary of update:

  • Speech & Skit Contest winners will now be announced during the Japanese Language Festival 2022 on Saturday, March 12 (4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Pacific Standard Time, USA)
  • The Japanese Language Festival 2022 will now be held completely online.

Detailed Information on update:

Originally, winners of the contest were to be announced on Thursday, February 10, and 1st-place winners of the LEVEL 4 Speech Contest were to be invited to perform live, in-person and on stage, during the Japanese Language Festival 2022.

Due to the continued impact of Covid-19, the Japanese Language Festival 2022 will now be held completely online, as opposed to a hybrid in-person event. As such, Speech & Skit Contest contestants will no longer be invited to perform live at the Japanese Language Festival 2022, and all contest winners will be announced during the Japanese Language Festival 2022 on Saturday, March 12. Winners of the contest will also be posted on the Contest Winners page on Monday, March 14.

We sincerely apologize for this last-minute change, and we kindly ask for your patience and understanding as we try to make the most of this situation.

We eagerly invite all Speech & Skit Contest participants to attend the Japanese Language Festival 2022, where they’ll get an exclusive announcement of the contest winners, participate in Japanese language trivia, have the chance to win various prizes, and more! Registration will be FREE! 

Additional information on the Japanese Language Festival 2022 will be available soon and Speech & Skit Contest participants will receive an email with announcements and updates.

Japanese Language Festival (JLF) Practice Buddies are now available!

Dear Speech & Skit Contest participants,

Practicing your speech or skit in front of someone and receiving useful feedback is essential in delivering your best performance. If you want to practice with a native Japanese speaker, you can be paired with a Japanese Language Festival (JLF) Practice Buddy!

This service is FREE!

Please take a look at the flyer below for more information.

To get paired with a JLF Practice Buddy, or if you have any questions about this service, please contact the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington (JASSW) directly at

Registration forms for the 39th Annual Japanese Speech & Skit Contest are now AVAILABLE!

To register for this year’s contest, please go to How to Apply page and read the instructions carefully.

To be fully registered for the contest, you must submit the following three forms online:


All three of these forms must be submitted by JANUARY 23, 2022 by 11:59 PM.

Please note that the previously titled “Permission Form” has been changed to “Instructor Confirmation Form” as listed above.
This change is now reflected in the Contest Guidelines and Rules Handbooks as well.