• Japan is no longer 8000 miles away.



    23rd NECTJ Harumatsuri

    @ United Nations International School

    Monday, March 20, 2017


    NECTJ Harumatsuri is an annual Japanese spring festival hosted by

    the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese (NECTJ) since 1994.


    Harumatsuri takes place in March at United Nations International School in New York City and

    offers professional Japanese performances, cultural booths, various contests, and a talent show.

    More than 500 students mainly in high school who are learning Japanese and

    100 volunteers participate in Harumatsuri every year.

    Through Harumatusri, the students not only experience Japanese culture but also interact with performers, volunteers, and new friends in Japanese.


    If you would like to bring your students or volunter, please contact us. nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com

    Students, please tell your Japanese teacher about Harumatsuri and join our event!



    Click the image below to watch a recap video of Harumatsuri.

    Harumatsuri 2016 Recap

    *Due to schedule, Akimatsuri 2015 was held instead of Harumatsuri 2016.

    More Harumatsuri videos found here.


    Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese


    New York, NY & Boston, MA


    NECTJ is a non-profit organization for K-16 Japanese teachers in the Northeast area and a regional affiliate of American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ). NECTJ is one of the biggest teacher's organizations in the United States and actively holds events for students and workshops for teachers. 


    Website: www.nectj.org


    Harumatsuri Committee

    Teacher Committee Members


    Kei Sakayama (Northern Valley Demarest HS)

    Vice Chair

    Ritsuko Yokota (The Hudson School)

    Committee Members

    Marcus Williams (Achievement First East NY MS), Emi Yamasaki (Bronx Collaborative HS), Akiko Uchiyama (Clarkstown HS), Natalia Higashide (The College of Staten Island HS for Int'l Studies), Yukiko Wilson (East-West School), Mitsuko Kimura (Francis Lewis HS), Akemi Dobkin (High Tech HS), Nobuko Hasegawa Weiler, Chiaki Rochkind, Garrett Sokoloff (LaGuardia HS), Noriko Koide (Lynbrook HS & Valley Stream Central HS), Kuniko Hall (The New Life School), Yoko Fukuda (North Valley HS at Old Tappan), Yasuko Otsue (Saint Ann's School), Mariko Sato Berger (Townsend Harris HS), Kazuo Tsuda, Masahiro Tanaka (UNIS)

    Harumatsuri Seitokai

    Student Committee Members

    *The image above is from 2015. We're looking forward to working with you!

  • Applications

    All applications must be submitted through Japanese teachers.

    Talent Show

    *Not a contest.

    Deadline: Friday, December 16, 2016


    Duration: Within 5 minutes


    Contents: Must be performed in Japanese and appropriate for screening in the school environment. No violence or inappropriate language and acting.

    Requirements: Must submit a 30-second demo video or the performance.

    Submission format: Upload the demo video on YouTube.

    Application: Send this application form and the YouTube link to nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com with “Talent Show” in subject. In text, type the following:

    1. Your name

    2. Japanese teacher's name

    3. School name

    4. School grade

    5. Level of Japanese (1st year, AP, etc)

    6. Other students' names

    7. A link of the video

    Pamphlet Cover Design Contest

    Both Hand Written and Digital Entries

    Deadline: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    1. A) Hand-drawn Cover Design for the front page:

    All entries must be original in black ink designs on white paper/canvas/etc. (8 ½ x11). The words '2017', ‘ニューヨーク (New York)', and '春祭り (Haru matsuri)' must be included in the design in Japanese(Kana or/and Kanji).

    Print your name, school and Japanese Teacher’s name on the back of each entry. Either you or your teacher scan your work and send it to nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com with "Hand-drawn Cover Design" in subject. Your teacher needs to bring your original to Harumatsuri Committee meeting in February. Please note that we are not responsible for returning originals.


    1. B) Digital Cover Design for the back page:

    The guidelines are the same as the Hand-Drawn contest.

    The file format must be either PDF or JPEG.

    Send your design to nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com with “Digital Cover Design” in subject. In text, type your name, school, and Japanese Teacher’s name. When you send, make sure that you copy your teacher on the email.


    Samples of 2015 Akimatsuri Winners

    *You must use only black ink this year.

    Video Skit Contest

    Deadline: Tuesday, January 10, 2017


    Length: 2-5 minutes


    Contents: Must be appropriate for screening in the school environment. No violence or inappropriate language and acting.

    Requirements: Each video should represent a labor of at least FOUR students. English subtitles must accompany. The script must be an original work by students.

    Judging Criteria: Satisfaction of the guidelines. Originality & Creativity, Japanese language skills.

    Submission format: Upload your video on YouTube.

    Application: Send the YouTube link to nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com with “Video Skit Contest” in subject. In text, type the following:

    1. Your name

    2. Japanese teacher's name

    3. School name

    4. School grade

    5. Level of Japanese (1st year, AP, etc)

    6. Other students' names

    7. A link of the video


    Click here to watch the 2016 winner 's video.

    Speech Contest

    Regional speech contest for the Aurora Speech Contest

    Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2017


    The Japanese Speech Contest for High School Students in the Northeast Region will be held during Harumatsuri on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 12:00- 1:15 p.m. at the United Nations International School.



    Application and Format:

    1) The Japanese teacher must submit student applications using the Online Application Form. If you have multiple entries, please rank the speeches from your school with the strongest speech as ‘1’ and so forth. Application Deadline: February 10, 2017.


    2) E-mail the following items to nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com:

    (i) Recorded speeches in MP3 format. Each speech must be less than 5 minutes in length.

    Name the file(s): “(teacher’s last name). (student name).”

    Example: Tanaka. David Bantz.

    (ii) Scan of the applicants' handwritten manuscript(s).

    Name the file by teacher's name.

    (iii) English summary of each speech (200- 250 words, typed.)

    Combine all students' summaries into 1 Word document.

    Name the file by teacher's name.


    3) Finalists must write an English summary of the speech (200-250 words, typed). Teachers must combine all students' summaries into one word document and send to nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com by March 4.


    4) Teachers of the finalists must Email the PDF file of the applicants' handwritten manuscript to nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com by March 11. Then they must bring or mail a hard copy of the applicants' handwritten manuscript to UNIS on or before March 20, 2017. For postal mail, send to:

    United Nations International School

    Attn: Mr. Kazuo Tsuda

    24-50 FDR Drive

    New York, NY 10010


    Content and Purpose: Speakers can choose any topic, e.g. Traditional Culture vs Pop Culture,” “International Relationships,” etc. The purpose of the speech content is to promote international understanding and develop different perspectives and new knowledge through studying the Japanese language and culture.



    Applicants must be high school students and may not be a)native speakers of Japanese, b) have a Japanese parent (Issei), or c) have had more than six months of schooling in Japan after age six. Past 1st place winners are not eligible. Teachers of applicants must be current members of NECTJ.

    Any student who places in the top 3 at the NECTJ Speech Contest on March 20 will be eligible to submit their speeches for consideration to the Aurora Foundation All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest to be held May 28th at the University of California, Irvine. However, the winner of the National contest to enter the world speech contest in Japan must be a US citizen or permanent resident.



    Japanese teacher members of NECTJ will judge submissions and select 6-9 speeches for the contest, where contestants will present each speech in person.

    Teachers will receive e-mail confirmation by February 28, 2017 if their students have been selected to compete at The Japanese Speech Contest for High School Students in the Northeast Region.

    Contestants from schools NOT participating in Harumatsuri must bring $12 to the contest to pay for lunch.


    Past Speech Contest:

    You can download Speech Contest 2015 program here.

    This Year's Song: 海の声(うみのこえ)

    We will sing this song together at the closing ceremony.

    Click here to download the lyrics.


    December 16, 2016

    List of Student Participants

    Proposals for Student Booths


    January 10, 2017

    Pamphlet Design Contest

    Video Skit Contest

    Talent Show Application with a 30 second demo-video


    February 10, 2017

    Speech Contest


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    NECTJ is a non-profit organization and organizes Harumatsuri with generous support and donations from various organizations and companies.

    We will appreciate your both voluntary working at the event and monetary support.


    If you are interested in volunteers, please contact us by e-mail.


    If you are willing to make a donation for our event, please click the Donate button below and put amount of money you would like to donate through PayPal.


    Thank you for your support.

    Arigatoo gozaimasu.