Stony Brook Japanese Essay Contest

Japan Center Essay Competition

The aim of the JCSB Essay Competition is to promote awareness and understanding of Japan in the United States and to help young Americans broaden their international horizons. Contestants should write, in English, one or more aspects of Japan including art, culture, tradition, values, philosophy, history, society, politics, business, and technology in relation to their personal views, experiences, and/or future goals. (Contestants do not need to have any experience in visiting Japan or studying Japanese.) 

13th Competition (2017-2018) 

Deadline:  January 8th, 2018 (CLOSED)

Rules and procedures;  Rubric ;   FAQs


Sponsor: Canon U.S.A.
SupportersConsulate General of Japan in New York JCSB Board Member in Charge: Yoko Ojima   Canon U.S.A. Representatives in Charge: Dawn Shields Organizing Chair: Eriko SatoCommittee Members:Roxanne Brockner, Carolyn Brooks, Peg Christoff, Marlene Dubois, Makiko Fukaya, Akie Naito Gearns, MaryAnn Hannon,  Tiara Hess, Patricia Marinaccio, Eva Nagase, Francesca Nakagawa, Chikako Nakamura, Atsuko Oyama, Mitsuko Post, Gerard Senese, and H. Mae Sprouse  

12th Competition; 11th Competition; First ten competitions

"Heart of Japan”  was published in 2016. It isa collection of 70 essays selected from 1,992 essays submitted through 169 local colleges and high schools during the first ten annual essay competitions. This essay competition was launched in 2005 with generous donation from Canon USA.  The aim of this program is to encourage young Americans to think outside the box and find a connection to Japan, a culturally very distinct country. They often reflect on their personal experiences and their future goals and come up with unique and original thoughts, some of which make us in tears and fill us with positive spirit. The essays are screened by the Japan Center’s committee members and a panel of judges that consist of Stony Brook University’s faculty members. The winners are formally recognized at the award ceremony that takes place at the Wang Center in each spring and the top winners have been invited to the Japanese Ambassador’s residence for a formal luncheon with the ambassador, which has been creating once-in-lifetime memories for young writers.

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