The annual Toyama Cup Speech Contest took place on Sunday, May 15 at the World Trade Center in Portland. The contest is open to all students studying Japanese at colleges and universities in Oregon. The contest, which has been held annually since 1996, is co-sponsored by the Toyama Prefectural Government of Japan and the Japan-America Society of Oregon.
Division 1 participants have studied Japanese at a college or university for less than 2 years and have not lived in Japan for more than 3 months in the last 3 years. Division 2 participants have studied Japanese at a college or university for more than 2 years and have lived and studied in Japan for more than 3 months in the last 3 years.
Three Linfield students, all senior Japanese majors, participated in the contest this year in Division 2. Lucian Battaglia received the Encouragement Award, while Leah Sedy received Third Prize and Ariel Lillico received Second Prize in this highly competitive division. This is the third year in a row in which Linfield students two of the top three spots in Division 2.
Please go to Department of Modern Languages page on Facebook to view the award-winning speeches.
Three students participated in the third annual Japanese and Japanese Studies Senior Summit, an event that brings together seniors majoring in either Japanese or Japanese Studies from Linfield College, Willamette University, Pacific University and Lewis and Clark College. The summit was hosted this year by Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. The participating students gave presentations about their research, participated in a workshop in which they learned to put on Japanese kimono, had a wonderful Japanese lunch and had formal and informal discussions about their future plans and what they hope to do with their major. All three of Linfield’s seniors, Leah, Lucian and Ariel gave their presentations in Japanese based on research conducted in Japan.
Please go to Department of Modern Languages page on Facebook to view the slide show.
Five students have been inducted in Japanese National Honor Society, established by American Assocation of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ): Ariel, Leah, and Lucian (Japanese majors), Kelli and Rebecca (Japanese minors). They are recognized for their scholastic achievement and excellence in the study of the Japanese language, and received Certificates of Excellence and red-and-white cords to wear at graduation.
Japanese language education at Linfield stresses the connections between language learning in the classroom and real life applications of Japanese language skills. An experience at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum is translating into solid skills for Linfield College language students.
Six students and a Linfield faculty member are translating the descriptions of planes and helicopters from English into Japanese for Evergreen. The translations will be compiled into a book and available for guests to borrow as they tour the museum.
"This is a rare opportunity for students," Chris Keaveney, Linfield professor of Japanese, said. "I wanted the students to see that translation requires tremendous skills and concentration."
Japanese majors at Linfield also have the opportunity to participate in an internship at the World Friendship Center in Hiroshima during their year in Japan.
A Japanese minor is completing a paid internship as a counselor at a two-week Japanese language immersion camp called Aozora Gakko at the Sheridan Japanese School in Sheridan, Oregon.