• Japan is no longer 8000 miles away.

    IT'S RIGHT HERE AT HARUMATSURI!

  • WHAT WE DO

    24th NECTJ Harumatsuri

    @ United Nations International School

    Monday, March 19, 2018

     

    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.

  • WHO WE ARE

    Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese

    北東部日本語教師会

    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

  • COMMITTEES

    Harumatsuri Committee

    Teacher Committee Members

    Chair

    Kei Sakayama (Northern Valley Demarest HS)

    Vice Chair

    Ritsuko Yokota (The Hudson School)

    Committee Members

    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 (LaGuardia HS), Noriko Koide (Lynbrook HS & Valley Stream Central HS), Marcus Williams (New Heights Academy), Kuniko Hall (The New Life School), Yoko Fukuda (North Valley HS at Old Tappan), Johanna Yokokawa (Marble Hill), Kayo Kudo & Yoshiyasu Horino (P.S. 147 Issac Remsen School) Yasuko Otsue (Saint Ann's School), Mariko Sato Berger (Townsend Harris HS), Kazuo Tsuda, Masahiro Tanaka, Aya Tezawa, Tatsuki Sakamoto (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: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

     

    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: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

    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 '2018', ‘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: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

     

    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.

    NETCJ Speech Contest

    NECTJ スピーチコンテスト

    Regional Contest for the All-USA Speech Contest by Aurora Foundation

    オーロラ基金による全米スピーチコンテスト地区予選

    Purpose:

    The purpose of the speech content is to promote international understanding among local high school students by offering an opportunity to present and learn the different perspectives and new knowledge gained through studying the Japanese language and culture.

     

    目的:

    このスピーチコンテストは、地域の高校生が日本語と日本文化を学ぶことで得た多様な視点や新しい知識を発表しながら相互に学びあい、それによって国際理解を深める機会を提供することを目的としています。

     

    Content:

    Speakers can choose any topic; e.g. "Traditional Culture vs Pop Culture,” “International Relationships,” etc.

     

    スピーチの内容:

    スピーチの題材は自由です。

    例:「伝統的な文化とポップカルチャー」、「国際関係」など。

     

    Past Speech Contest Topics:

    You can download the Speech Contest 2017 program here.

     

    過去のスピーチトピック(参考資料):

    ここから、2017年のスピーチコンテストのプログラムがダウンロードできます。

     

    Eligibility:

    Applicants must be high school students who may not:

     

    a) be 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.

     

    d) These students also may not be past 1st place winners, and

     

    e) their teachers must be current members of NECTJ.

     

    Any student who places in the top 3 at the NECTJ Speech Contest on March 19 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 in July must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

     

    For more details, see Aurora Foundation's website.

     

    http://www.jlsf-aurora.org/jpn/page/speech-contest

     

    参加資格:

    a) 日本語が第一言語ではないこと。

     

    b) どちらかの親が日本人一世ではないこと。

     

    c) 六歳以降日本で学校に六か月以上通った経験がないこと。

     

    d) 過去にこのスピーチコンテストで一位を取ったことがないこと。

     

    e) 担当教師がNECTJのメンバーであること。

     

    3月19日のNECTJスピーチコンテストの上位3位までの入賞者は、5月28日にカリフォルニア大学アーヴァイン校で行われるオーロラ基金の「米国高校生によるオーロラ日本語スピーチコンテスト全国大会」に応募することができます。ただし、このコンテストの優勝者として7月に日本で行われる世界大会に出場するためには、米国国籍か永住権を持っていなければなりません。

     

    くわしくは、オーロラ基金のウェブサイトをご覧ください。

    http://www.jlsf-aurora.org/jpn/page/speech-contest

     

    Date and Venue:

    The Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese (NECTJ) Japanese Speech Contest for High School Students will be held during Harumatsuri on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 12:00- 1:15 p.m. at the United Nations International School.

     

    日時および会場:

    北東部日本語教師会(NECTJ)高校生のための日本語スピーチコンテストは、2018年3月19日月曜日の12時から1時15分まで、国連国際学校の春祭り会場にて行われます。

     

     

    Procedure for Preliminary Selection

    (Deadline: Friday, February 9, 2018)

    第一次選考応募方法

    (しめきり:2018年2月9日)

     

     

    To be considered to be finalist for the Contest, teachers must submit the following on behalf of their students.

     

    スピーチコンテスト参加希望者は、日本語教師を通して以下を提出してください。

     

    (1) Online Application Form

    The Japanese teacher must submit student applications using the Online Application Form for up to three (3) students. If you have multiple entries, please rank the speeches from your school with the strongest speech as ‘1’ and so forth.

     

    オンライン応募用紙

    Online Application Form(リンク)より、教師が応募用紙に記入してください。3名まで申し込めます。参加希望生徒が複数の場合は、教師によるスピーチの評価の高い順に1、2、の順番で記入してください。

     

    (2) Recorded Speech and Manuscript

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

     

    録音したスピーチおよび手書き原稿

    以下をnectjharumatsuri@gmail.com宛にメールで送ってください。

     

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

     

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

    Example: Tanaka. David Bantz

     

    MP3のフォーマットで録音した5分以内のスピーチ

     

    ファイルの名前のつけかた

    “(teacher’s last name). (student name).”

    : Tanaka. David Bantz.

     

    (ii) Scanned image of each applicant's handwritten manuscript

    Name the file the same way as (i).

     

    各応募者の手書き原稿のスキャンデータ

    ファイルの名前のつけかたは(i)と同様。

     

    Selection Procedure:

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

     

    Teachers will be notified of finalists by the Speech Contest Committee by February 28 , 2018.

     

    選出方法:

    NECTJのメンバーである複数の日本語教師が、テープ審査により6名から9名の一次予選通過者を選出します。本選では、それぞれの参加者が自分のスピーチを読み上げます。

     

    *第一次予選通過者は、委員会より各教師に2018年28日までに通知されます。

     

     

     

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    Instructions for Speech Contest Finalists

    コンテスト本選参加者へ

     

     

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    Finalists and their Japanese teachers must follow the instructions below. Submissions must be made by teachers.

     

    スピーチコンテスト本選出場が決まったら、参加生徒と担当教師は以下の準備をしてください。提出物は教師が責任をもって送ってください。

     

    (1) Submit the following by Saturday, March 3.

     

    以下を3 月3日土曜日までに提出してください。

     

    (i) English Summary of the Speech

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

     

    Name the file by teacher's name.


    各スピーチにつき200-250語でタイプした英語要約を、教師がWordファイルひとつにまとめて、nectjharumatsuri@gmail.

    comに提出。

     

    ファイル名は教師の氏名

     

    (ii) Entry Form

    Teachers must fill out the Entry Form sent to them by the Committee to provide participants' contact information, names of accompanying family and friends, lunch information, etc. and send it back to nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com.

     

    生徒情報シート

    各教師は、送られてくるエントリーフォームに参加生徒の連絡先や付き添い家族・友人、お弁当などの情報を書いてnectjharumatsuri@gmail.comに返送してください。

     

    (iii) Agreement Form

    Participants are asked to fill out and sign the Agreement Form regarding the use of their photographic images by NECTJ. Send us back a scanned image of the Form to the address above.

     

    肖像権合意書

    コンテスト参加者は、NECTJが当日撮影する写真の使用に関する肖像権の合意書に記入・署名して、上記のアドレスにスキャンデータを返送してください。

     

    (2) Other Things to Prepare for the Contest

     

    その他の準備

     

    (i) Practice your speech

    You will be giving a speech in front of a general audience as well as a panel of judges who will ask you a few questions based on your speech. Participants are encouraged to memorize their speech.

     

    スピーチの練習

    当日は、一般聴衆と審査員の前でスピーチをしていただきます。審査員は各スピーチの後、参加者に内容に基づいた質問をします。


    (ii) Admission and lunch fees

    Contestants from schools NOT participating in Harumatsuri must pay for admission and lunch (optional). Their accompanying family and friends must also pay for admission and lunch (optional). Family and friends will have their lunch in a separate location from the contestants.

     

    参加費と昼食代について

    春祭りに参加しない学校のスピーチコンテスト出場者は、参加費と昼食代(任意)を払わなければなりません。出場者の応援に来る家族や友達も参加費と昼食代(任意)を払わなければなりません。なお、家族と友達は出場者とは一緒に昼食が取れませんので、ご了承ください。

    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.

  • DOCUMENT & APPLICATION DUE

    January 31, 2018

    List of Student Participants

    Proposals for Student Booths

    Pamphlet Design Contest

    Video Skit Contest

    Talent Show Application with a 30 second demo-video

     

    February 9, 2017

    Speech Contest

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  • WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

     

     

     

    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.