JLfest 2022

KOBANASHI
Japanese Comic Joke Telling Competition
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KOBANASHI are short comical jokes that RAKUGO (Japanese sit-down comedy) storytellers tell to warm up the audience before they start telling the main story. Some of them can be as short as just 2 lines. 

Objective

A joke usually takes the form of a story, often with dialogue, and ends in a punch line. It requires not only a good mastery of wordplay, and some cultural or general knowledge understanding but also the ability to deliver a punch line effectively.

The competition aims at enhancing not only the confidence in public speaking among Japanese language speakers but also their appreciation for the Japanese language and culture through KOBANASHI, comic jokes in Japanese.

It also encourages learners to be mindful of the diverse background, knowledge levels, interests, and attitudes of the audience.

KOBANASHI Stories

Contestants are to select one of the 10 KOBANASHI stories for their performance in this competition,

RESULT ANNOUNCEMENT

In this inaugural competition, 23 entries were received and one of them was disqualified. A total of 11 international judges were invited to screen the entries. They were from different spectrums of society, namely Japanese language teachers, company employees, housewives, and students from university, high school, and primary school.

The festival organizers also wish to convey their deepest gratitude to Professor HATASA Kazumi (Purdue University, USA), Kokusai Kobanashi Godo Happyoukai, and the Japan Foundation, London for their cooperation and valuable advice in this competition.

with judges' comments

Best 10 entries

Story: 「名画」

Ahmad Nusair Bin Ahmad Jailani

SM SAINS KEPALA BATAS

Sim Yi Lin

SMK (P) TEMENGGONG IBRAHIM

Story: 「登校拒否」

Loh Chermayne

SMK (P) TEMENGGONG IBRAHIM

Mia Aliesya Binti Mohd Firdaus

SM SAINS KEPALA BATAS

Story: 「写真」

Nurkareneena Natasha Binti Abd Rahman

SM SAINS MIRI

Esther Lim SuFei

SMK (P) TEMENGGONG IBRAHIM

Story: 「病院で」

Muhammad Aiman Syahmi Bin Muhammad Khailmi

SM SAINS KEPALA BATAS

Story: 「ハブの会話」

Muhammad Fauzan Bin Rasdan

SM SAINS KEPALA BATAS

Story: 「カレンダー」

Iffah Zahrah Binti Mohamed Zaini

SM SAINS KEPALA BATAS

Story: 「お母さん」

Nurulalyaa Maisarah Binti Izrul

SM SAINS KEPALA BATAS

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NISHIDA Hiroko

Secretary General
Kamenori Foundation

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MIYAZAWA Sayaka

Coordinator
Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur

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FUJINO Yayoi

JAPAN

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Dr OFUNE Chisato

Chief Jap. Lang. Advisor
Japan Foundation, London

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MATSUZAKI Miku

Coordinator
Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur

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OZUKA Masamune

High School Student
JAPAN

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Dr Galina Vorobyova

KANJI Researcher
Kyrgyz Republic

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Marcos Di Francesco

PhD Student (RAKUGO)
Oxford University

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ISOGAYA Yueko

Primary School Student
CAMBODIA

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LENG Yukiyo

JF Expert, Cambodia Japan Cooperation Center

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KAIHARA Kyoko

JAPAN