And the winner is...
... Maria Puschkaschow. Maria, congratulations on behalf of Genki JACS and Japan Reference (JREF)!
And here she is:
Update January 9, 2013
After long deliberations, our jurors have finally named the winner of the JREF Essay Contest. They would like to thank all the entrants for their contributions and point out how difficult it was to select the winning entry. We congratulate the lucky winner who has already been notified by email and thank everyone for participating in the contest!
We will update this page shortly.
Update January 7, 2013
We know that many of you have been eagerly waiting for updates, some of you have already enquired by email. We are sorry to state that due to the Japanese New Year holidays the announcement of the winning entry will be delayed, as we have not heard back yet from all the jurors. We will therefore have to extend the deadline to Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 23:59 JST. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.
Update December 30, 2012
We thank all the entrants for their submissions and wish you a Happy New Year! We are aiming at announcing the winner on January 5, 2013, but might be a bit delayed due to the Japanese New Year holidays. Thanks for your understanding!
JREF Essay Contest
Japan Reference (JREF), in collaboration with Genki Japanese Language School, is proud to announce an Essay Contest on the following topic:
Your essay: should be in English language and must be no fewer than 600 and no more than 1,200 words in length, one entry per entrant and solely your work. Try to convey your fascination about Japanese culture and why you are interested in studying the Japanese language. By submitting your entry, you agree to the publication of your essay on the JREF website.
The prize: four weeks of free intensive classes, or six months of Skype lessons (26 lessons at one per week) at Genki Japanese Language School!
You choose EITHER
- to study at Genki JACS in Fukuoka-- 4 weeks of classes, 20 hours of classes per week (Standard Japanese course)
- to take Online Skype lessons
- Submission and deadline: please submit your essay to the following email address (by replacing "at" and "dot" with their respective symbols):
All entries should be submitted by December 29, 2012, 23:59:59 Japan Standard Time. We reserve the right to provide contest deadline extensions when deemed appropriate.
- The jury: consists of four eminent members of the Japan Forum. Their decision is final and shall be announced on January 5, 2013, on the Japan Forum.
Genki Japanese Language School
Genki Japanese Language School is an accredited and award-winning Japanese school teaching communicational study abroad courses, learning the Japanese language and culture in a relaxed and friendly environment. It is located in the center of the biggest city in South Japan, Fukuoka. Classes are small, and focused on Western students' needs.
GenkiJACS was nominated by popular vote as one of the world's star language schools (not just Japanese language school) every year from 2009 to 2012. It is one of only two Japanese language schools in the world that are accredited by IALC, the International Association of Language Centres.
GenkiJACS is the most popular Japanese language school for Western students in Western Japan!