Date change UPDATE!

To RECord Video Japanese Speech & Clip Contest participants,

There are some important date changes that we would like you to be aware of:

  1. The DEADLINE to submit your contest video is now SUNDAY, MAY 24 by 11:59PM.
  2. The Virtual JIS Festival will now be held on THURSDAY, JUNE 4 at 4:00PM*

* Please visit JASSW’s official JIS Festival website for more information.

In addition, the Video Speech & Clip Contest permission forms and video submission form are now available. Please go to the Guidelines and Rules page to access these forms.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding. Please stay tuned for more announcements!

The 2020 Japanese Speech & Skit Contest will resume, but in a different form!

Dear Japanese Speech & Skit Contest Participant,

First of all, we’d like to sincerely thank you for your patience in waiting to hear about the Japanese Speech & Skit Contest. Due to COVID-19, there has been a lot of uncertainty with holding events during this time.

Since schools in Washington State will be closed for the rest of the school year, and the Stay-at-home order is still firmly in place, we will no longer be holding the JIS Festival and Japanese Speech & Skit Contest at the Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Washington this year, as we had originally planned.

Instead, we would now like to invite you to participate in the RECord Video Japanese Speech & Clip Contest!

What this means is, you still have the chance to share your Japanese language skills by recording a short video of yourself speaking Japanese. Winners will receive a prize, and winning videos will be shown during the Virtual Japan-In-Schools (JIS) Festival!

We know you’ve worked hard and spent hours writing, memorizing, and rehearsing your Japanese speeches and skits. We would hate to see all that hard work go to waste!

So, if you’re still interested in showing us your Japanese, check out the Guidelines and Rules page for more details!

Thank you again, and we hope you stay safe and healthy!

37th Annual Japanese Speech & Skit Contest and JIS Festival POSTPONED

As you may already know, many schools throughout Washington State have been shutting down temporarily due to the coronavirus Covid-19 situation. Your safety is our top priority and of utmost importance to us, so until further notice, we will be POSTPONING the Japanese Speech & Skit Contest and JIS Festival.

Please DO NOT show up to the Japanese Cultural Community Center on March 8th, as it will be closed.

The rescheduled date for the Japanese Speech & Skit Contest/JIS Festival has not yet been decided, but contest participants will be contacted as soon as a new date is decided upon.

For those of you who are registered in the Speech Contest division, you do not have to turn in your Final Speech Draft until a new deadline is chosen. If you have submitted your final speech draft already,
please feel free to re-submit it by the new deadline if there are any edits or changes you’d like to make to it.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact:

phone: (206) 728-0610

We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Please take care, and we hope to see you in good spirits in the very near future!

Contest Parking

Hello everyone,

For all that it may concern, there are 3 main options for parking:

#1 Street Parking

Street parking around the school is free of charge, and feel free to park wherever you find space. Just don’t park in front of a fire hydrant or driveway!

If you need it, the school address is: 2600 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126

#2 Southwest Teen Life Center Parking Lot

If you would rather not use street parking, you may park at the community center parking lot. This is located just west of Chief Sealth along West Thistle Street. Parking is free of charge, and it’s an especially convenient location for larger vehicles.

The address is: 2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle, WA 98126

#3 Campus Parking Lot

You can try your luck with the school parking lot, but don’t be surprised if it’s full. If you own a wider or longer vehicle, I truly recommend saving yourself the headache of small parking spots and use street parking or the community center parking lot.

Contest Program, Campus Map, and Last Minute Information

Hello contestants!

Friday is right at the end of the block, so we hope you have all had time to prepare your speeches and skits for the contest. In preparation for this, you can download the contest program by clicking here.  Please use this to reference the time slot where you are expected to perform and plan accordingly. Also, you can download the Chief Sealth campus map and entrance reference here.

The number attached to your skit or speech indicates the order that your group will perform, with the exception of skit group 4-1. Skit group 4-1 will kick off the skit contests as the first performer, and then we will proceed to level 1. (E.g. speech 1-1 will perform before speech 1-2, followed by speech 2-1, etc.)


Please check in with our reception at 10:00 AM, and 10:30 AM at the absolute latest. You will be allowed time to change into any costumes during the previous groups performance, but you can save time by coming in prepared with your props and costumes.


We encourage speech students to arrive at 10:00 AM and support our skit contestants, but this is not required. You should be checked-in to the contest at 12:00 PM for a smooth process without any delays. Please be checked-in by 12:45 PM at the latest.

If you have any questions, please send them to

Good luck everyone!

2019 Contest Entry List

Hello everyone, thank you to all of you for registering for the 2019 Japanese Language Speech & Skit Contest. Below are the entry lists for the speech and skit categories. Please note, that speech levels are listed as you registered. ALL SPEECH CONTESTANTS, PLEASE SUBMIT A DRAFT OF YOUR SPEECH BY MARCH 15! To learn more about submitting your draft, click HERE.

Please e-mail any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the entry list to

Speech Contest (Last Name A to Z):

Black, Bailey – Ballard High School (Level 4)
Cisse-Smith, Tabbe – Curtis High School (Level 2)
Conley, Aili – Chief Sealth Int’l High School (Heritage)
Dobes, Hannah – Kamiak High School (Heritage)
Forrester, Celie – Garfield High School (Level 4)
Gao, Hanchi – Ballard High School (Level 3)
Monge, Fernando – Henry M. Jackson High School (Level 1)
Mwita, Dorothy – Curtis High School (Level 2)
Pak, Augene – Kamiak High School (Level 1)
Paloy, Della – Roosevelt High School (Level 4)
Peng, Robbie – Garfield High School (Level 2)
Seo, Inyoung – Kamiak high School (Level 2)
Simental, Ethan – Curtis High School (Level 3)
Stalter, Chris – Ballard High School (Level 3)
Taylor, Sasha – Ballard High School (Level 2)
Thomas, Benjamin – Garfield High School (Level 4)
Vo, Kien-Binh – Garfield High School (Level 4)
Watanabe, Lindsay – Ballard High School (Level 2)
Weddington, Khabirah – Garfield High School (Level 4)
Williams, Rhys – Ballard High School (Level 3)

Skit Contest (Group Level, Last Name A to Z):

Level 1, Curtis High School

Duefrane, Marilynn
Mwago, Elias
Peña, Daniel

Level 2, Chief Sealth Int’l High School

Carlile-Kovacs, Virag
Lomboy, Louis
Schmitz, Ilse

Level 3, Ballard High School

Cummings, Ayla
Earl, Mackenzie
Haskins, Mayumi
Hudson, O’Neil
LaScala, Kaitlyn

Level 4, Curtis High School

Bartlett, Thomas
Eastwood, Teghan
Eastwood, Taylor
Franklin, Jade

Level 4, Ingraham High School

Ozbun, McCartney
Rowe, Nicholas
Strickland, Ruby
Tran, Jacqueline

Level 4, Redmond High School

Hu, Brandon
Vaidhyanathan, Bharathi
Wu, Andrea
Yin, Donald


03/12/2019: Rosters for level 4 CHS and level 4 RHS were switched. This has been corrected.

Deadline Extended to March 1!

Hello everyone,

I hope you’re enjoying your mid-winter break. We’ve realized that a few of you might be enjoying your break, so you may have put your application on the back burner. No worries, we’ve pushed back the application deadline to March 1.

We look forward to your applications!