Teens ace Japanese competitionThree River Falls High School juniors joined in the Feb. 19 Japanese Language and Culture Competition at the Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn.
Three River Falls High School juniors joined in the Feb. 19 Japanese Language and Culture Competition at the Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minn.
Left to right: Nina Davis, Mac Gill and Elise Woodwick. The phrase on their shirts is a Japanese tongue twister that translates: “The customer next door eats lots of persimmons.” On the back the T-shirts say, “I said it!”
The Japan-America Society of Minnesota hosts the competition that tests teens from throughout its home state and Wisconsin. The young people prove their knowledge by answering questions about Japanese language, grammar, vocabulary, and culture, as well as kana and kanji – characters that express written Japanese.
The girls competed at the 4th-year language level against students from much larger schools and came in third place out of 12. Also known as J-Quiz, many equate the event to a Quiz Bowl about Japanese.
The Japan-America Society of Minnesota holds the event to increase cultural awareness and understanding of the Japanese culture, bring together young people with an interest in Japan, and “encourage the next generation of Japan experts.”