Originally written for the Vol.6-No.2 edition (June 1, 2012) of the Toyama Hot News e-newsletter.
First, we have some Oregon-related news. The grand prize winner of the 16th Toyama Cup Japanese Speech Contest (held in Portland) is Aleishea Yamaoka, a senior at Pacific University. As her prize, she will be visiting Toyama later this year. Congratulations to Aleisha, and we thank all of the participants, judges, and sponsors.
In Toyama, the Toyama Film Festival was held on May 19th, organized by Jon Dao, a third-year ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) on the JET Program. Films included submissions from outside Toyama as well as works by local JET participants. The room was packed, and the event brought in 49,100 yen for Make-a-Wish of Japan.