Last monday we had a School Assembly type thing that lasted a full day. It was called a スピーチ大会 or “Speech competition” or “Big speech meeting”. If you remember the speech I did in class a while back that was for the purpose of selecting a couple of students from school to hold their speech in front of the entire school. In my class me and Taru was selected as the best ones and because the teacher basically said Tarus’ speech wasn’t “serious” enough (the content, that is) for the big meeting I was selected in my class.
I then went on to hold the speech again together with 8 other people from the elementary level japanese classes. The other people were really serious about the whole thing and had memorized their whole speech and practiced a lot and I really didn’t think it was that serious. I think the content of my speech was good enough to go on to the big contest but I did really not put in that much effort into actually trying to go there. Of the 8 people from elementary level, 3 were chosen to go on to the big meeting and the ones that were chosen deserved it with how hard they worked for it.
Anyway, the first half of the day was listening to speeches, and the second half was student performances, someone singing and playing piano, someone playing instruments or doing traditional dances and such. I have a little bit of video from it and a picture.
In the video there are professional players toward the end that was the finishing show for the day, they were really good and entertaining. The dance that a group of people are doing in the middle of the video are from a very famous korean pop-group. Check out the YouTube video of the original. It’s actually really funny and addictive music
While I was editing video and such I found that I had footage of the Snow Monkeys from Nagano as well that I hadn’t uploaded. So here’s that video too! I put in some of the music from the first video