For over 25 years, the Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest has been inspiring Japanese language learners of all levels and ages to improve their Japanese by providing an opportunity to demonstrate oral language communication skills.  The contest also strives to bring together the Japanese and American communities to advocate for and to celebrate Japanese language learning, and to encourage students to further their understanding of Japan, its people, and its culture.

Regional contests are held in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.  First and second place winners from each region advance to the State Contest held in Houston. 

From the State Contest, the first and second place winners in the High School Aurora Division will go on to compete in the National Contest, which will be held in Los Angeles in May.  The winner of the National Contest will represent the United States in the international speech contest held in Japan.  To learn more about one Texas student's experience competing in the international competition, please click here

Details regarding contest divisions, format, and eligibility can be found in the SPEECH CONTEST HANDBOOK.  Please click here to review.

Contest dates are provided below:


FEB 10 (SAT):  Houston Regional Japanese Language Speech Contest

(Registration deadline EXTENDED THROUGH FEBRUARY 4, 2018.  Click here to register.)


FEB 11 (SUN): Austin Regional Japanese Language Speech Contest

(Click here for details regarding the Austin Regional Contest.)


FEB 10 (SAT): Dallas Regional Japanese Language Speech Contest

FEB 10 (SAT): San Antonio Regional Japanese Language Speech Contest



MAR 10 (SAT): Texas State Japanese Language Speech Contest

(registration open from FEB 19 - FEB 28, 2018 at 5PM)

Inquiries should be submitted to speech.contest@ho.mofa.go.jp.