Submitted by Fumiko U. Brown on Friday, 2/5/2010, at 5:47 PM

The Consulate General of Japan in Boston is holding its 4th annual essay contest.  This year students are asked to write about either, “What I Like Most About Japan” OR “What I Dislike Most About Japan.”  The contest is open to those who are studying Japanese at colleges and universities in New England.  We appreciate your encouraging your students to enter and share their ideas.

 The top essay in each level will be awarded a prize package which includes a wonderful Sony Reader and a Japanese English dictionary.  Other prizes will be awarded as well.  In addition, we will have an award ceremony for the winners at the Consul General’s official residence some time after the end of March.

 Guidelines and an entry form for the contest can be downloaded from our website:

Please note that only two entries per university/college will be accepted. 

Essays must be received no later than March 1, 2010.  

 We would like to have a wider range of students participate in this contest, but unfortunately our professors’ list is not complete.  I would appreciate it if you would forward this message to your colleagues.

 We look forward to reading your students’ ideas about Japan. For inquiries regarding this event, please contact Sumiko Otsuka at with “Essay Contest” in the subject line.