JLfest 2022

Objective

The competition aims at enhancing the narrative and creativity skills of Japanese language learners by cultivating their interest in reading and retelling stories as well as their appreciation for the language and the art of KAMISHIBAI.

It also encourages the learners to visualise the scenes and the characters of the story they read by illustrating them.

The Story:「海の夏」

Retell the story 「海の夏」in e-KAMISHIBAI by

  1. making illustrations of the key scenes;

  2. craft an interesting end to the story; and

  3. record the story on video using PowerPoint.

The story is taken from the storybook 「風借り Short Stories for Young Adult Nihongo-jin」by Edward Lee Chee Peng.

RESULT ANNOUNCEMENT

After deliberation, both the judges and organizer decided to withhold awarding the First Prize for this competition. 

  1. Inas Wardiah Binti Md. Isa

  2. Nur Izzati Binti Rozaiman Suffian

  3. Nur Adalia Khairina Binti Khairul Anuar

  4. Nur Damia Edora Binti Muhd Effendy

SMK ISKANDAR SHAH

2nd Prize

The illustrations were simple and beautifully drawn. They riveted me to the story. The narrator also tried her very best in narrating the story.  However, her monotonous narration, coupled with poor sound recording distracted me from enjoying the story fully.

 

I wish the team would have spent a bit more time brainstorming a more creative ending to the story and had their Japanese script checked by their sensei or a native speaker.  After all, this is a storytelling competition.

EDWARD LEE

「私 (main character)」が見た海の様子、オリンピックの様子を絵にしているのが、とても独創的だと思いました。また、絵の見せ方を工夫して、ストーリーを盛り上げていました。すごいです!それから、エンディングのクジラの話し方がとてもよかったでした。のんびり、ユーモラスで、思わずわらっちゃいました!

MARUTANI SHINOBU

Creative illustrations. Need to concentrate on pronunciation.

NIRMALA BELETAMBI

はっきりとした声で、分かりやすく表現されており、思わず聞き入った。

INOUE REIKO

  1. Inas Wardiah Binti Md. Isa

  2. Nur Izzati Binti Rozaiman Suffian

  3. Nur Adalia Khairina Binti Khairul Anuar

  4. Nur Damia Edora Binti Muhd Effendy

SMK ISKANDAR

  1. Muhammad Hazim Bin Asri 

  2. Muhammad Arish Najmi Bin Abdul Razak

  3. Luqman Hazeeq Bin Mohd Najib

  4. Adam Imran Bin Azril

SM SAINS TAPAH

3rd Prize

The personality of the narrator added warmth to the story. Using body gestures and body percussion was great as he tried to create interest in the strong. However, I wish his gestures could be louder and more engaging. He has a great voice but did not deliver the story fluently.

 

The illustrations were interesting, although I felt they have some resemblance to some anime characters. Zooming in and out of the illustrations is a very good technique to entice the audience. But, there were some scenes that were wrongly used, and thus, contradicted the focus or flow of the story. Lastly, I was disappointed that the visual interpretation of the transportation did not resemble what was described in the text.

EDWARD LEE

パフォーマンスがすばらしかったです。絵の見せ方を工夫したり、効果音やジェスチャーを使ったりして、ストーリーを盛り上げていました。イラストもかっこよかったです。

MARUTANI SHINOBU

Nice illustrations. Very enthusiastic narration. Clear voice

NIRMALA BELETAMBI

独創的な発展で、面白かった。擬音を使った表現も良かった。

INOUE REIKO

PANEL OF JUDGES

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Edward Lee

President

THE JAPANESE LANGUAGE SOCIETY OF MALAYSIA

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MARUTANI Shinobo

Japanese Language Lecturer

MALAYSIA

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Nirmala A/P Beletambi

Japanese Language Teacher

SMK KING EDWARD VII

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INOUE Reiko

Committee Member

SADOWARA INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE ASSOCIATION, MIZAYAKI

COMMENTS FROM JUDGES

 「みなさん、すてきな作品をありがとうございました。どれもとても楽しかったです。 まず、すばらしい絵がたくさんありました。自分たちが想像した海の森や広場の様子、登場人物の姿、海オリンピックのパレードや大会の様子が豊かに描かれていました。そして、どのチームも、ストーリーを楽しく、効果的に伝えるいろいろな工夫をしていました。登場人物に合った話し方、声を使った効果音、ジェスチャー、イラストの見せ方など、たくさんの工夫を見ることができました。みなさん、本当にがんばっていました! それから、ストーリーのエンディング。チームによってぜんぜん違っていました。どれも意外なエンディングで、とてもおもしろかったです。 ところで、e-KAMISHIBAIには、画面に「話す人の映像」がありますよね。その映像は、顔だけ?胸から上?上半身?全身?どれがいいでしょうか。また、映像は画面のどこにあるのがいいでしょうか。聞く人が、ストーリーの絵も話す人のパフォーマンスも楽しめるように、 『話す人の映像』についても工夫してみるといいかもしれません。

MARUTANI SHINOBU

  "A good platform for the students to display their drawing skills as well as Japanese language story telling.This competition enhance the creativity among the students as we can see the variation of ideas. The students produced interesting sketches and came out with good narrations. Enjoyed watching them. Thank you so much to JLSM for coming out with this brilliant idea."

NIRMALA A/P BELETAMBI

 「皆さんは、同じ物語にそれぞれ工夫して独創性を織り交ぜており、とてもすばらしいです。」

INOUE REIKO

 "My congratulations to all the contestants for being a pioneer in this new competition. Your courage, ingenuity, hard work, and talent are very much admired. 

  I never failed to be pleasantly surprised by my readers' rich visual interpretation of the stories I wrote. 「海の夏」is one of them. Your illustrations gave me a glimpse of how my main characters appear in your mind. Thank you very much for sharing that with me.

  Most entries have interpreted the story well with great illustrations. It was also a pleasure to learn of a variety of ending to the stories. One even has a moral value in it!

  The performance of the storyteller is very important as he or she brings life to the story and helps the audience to imagine. Not only the narrator must speak fluently and convincingly but must also try to use some body language confidently to 'bring' the audience into the story. Hence, instead of shouting aloud or reading monotonously, the narrator must 'talk' to the audience. Lastly, it was a pity that in most videos, the narrator's screen covered part of the illustrations. Hence, perhaps it would be good to plan where you want the narrator's screen to be before you draw."

EDWARD LEE