Devon Patterson ‘22 won second prize at the 2021 Toyama Cup: the 25th Japanese Speech Contest on April 24.
Patterson spoke to the audience about what it means to travel. They shared their experience of traveling with their family and studying abroad in Japan alone at age 15. Patterson explained how these experiences shaped their identity and expressed gratitude towards their family and friends for the opportunities. Patterson’s speech touched many members of the audience. Winning second place in two consecutive years demonstrates their enthusiasm and high command of the Japanese language.
The Toyama Cup Japanese Language Speech Contest is sponsored by the Toyama Prefectural Government and the Japan-America Society of Oregon (JASO) in celebration of the Toyama-Oregon sister-state affiliation. The first Toyama Cup in 1996 commemorated the fifth anniversary of the friendship between the peoples of Oregon and Toyama. This year marked the 29th anniversary of the Toyama-Oregon sister-state relationship. The Toyama Cup is open to any student studying Japanese at a college or university in the State of Oregon and southwest Washington. Contestants are judged on general Japanese language ability, speech content and presentation.