• Japan is no longer 8000 miles away.



    26th NECTJ Harumatsuri

    @ United Nations International School

    Monday, March 23, 2020


    NECTJ Harumatsuri is an annual Japanese spring festival hosted by

    the Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese (NECTJ) since 1994.


    Harumatsuri takes place in March at United Nations International School in New York City and

    offers professional Japanese performances, cultural booths, various contests, and a talent show.

    More than 400 students mainly in high school who are learning Japanese and

    100 volunteers participate in Harumatsuri every year.

    Through Harumatusri, the students not only experience Japanese culture but also interact with performers, volunteers, and new friends in Japanese.


    If you would like to bring your students or volunteer, please contact us. nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com

    Students, please tell your Japanese teacher about Harumatsuri and join our event!

    Registration including lunch bento box is $12 per student and teacher.



    Click the image below to watch a recap video of Harumatsuri.

    Harumatsuri 2018 Recap

    More Harumatsuri videos found here.
    *Due to schedule, Akimatsuri 2015 was held instead of Harumatsuri 2016.


    Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese


    New York, NY & Boston, MA


    NECTJ is a non-profit organization for K-16 Japanese teachers in the Northeast area and a regional affiliate of American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ). NECTJ is one of the biggest teacher's organizations in the United States and actively holds events for students and workshops for teachers.


    Website: www.nectj.org

    Logo Design by Masahiro Tanaka

  • Program

    9:00 – 9:30  Registration

    9:30 – 9:45  Opening remarks, Greetings, Introducing invited students from Japan

    9:45 – 10:05  Japanese Cultural Performance

    10:05 – 10:15 Overview & Rules

    10:15 – 12:15 Visiting Booths

    12:15 – 1:15  Speech Contest

    12:20 – 1:05  Lunch

    1:20 – 2:05  Talent Show

    2:05 – 2:30  Contest Results

    2:30 – 2:40   Closing remarks


    Harumatsuri Committee

    2020 Teacher Committee Members

    Committee Chair

    Ritsuko Yokota (The Hudson School)

    Assistant Committee Chair

    Yukiko Wilson (East-West School of International Studies)


    Participating Schools & Committee Members

    Bronx Collaborative HS: Emi Yamasaki

    Clarkstown HS: Akiko Uchiyama

    Forest Hills High School: Natalia Higashide

    Francis Lewis HS: Mitsuko Kimura

    LaGuardia HS: Chiaki Rochkind

    Lynbrook HS & Valley Stream Central HS: Noriko Koide

    New Heights Charter Academy School: Naruka Yoshino

    The New Life School: Kuniko Hall

    Saint Ann's School: Yasuko Otsue

    UNIS: Kazuo Tsuda, Masahiro Tanaka

    World View High School: Megumi Ito

    Marcus Williams


    *Photo: 2019 Harumatsuri Committee

  • Applications

    *All applications must be submitted through Japanese teachers.*

    NECTJ Harumatsuri

    For Japanese teachers and Japan related organizations in the tri-state & New England areas.

    If you would like to bring your students or volunteer at our event, please contact us; nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com.


    Japanese teachers from participating school need to attend preparatory meetings in November and February and preparation on the day before Harumatsuri. Please find the schedule below.

    Talent Show

    *Not a contest.

    Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020


    Duration: Within 3 minutes

    Contents: Must be performed in Japanese and appropriate for screening in the school environment. No violence or inappropriate language and acting.

    Requirements: Must submit a 30-second demo video or the performance.

    Submission format: Upload the demo video on YouTube.

    Application: Fill out this application form with the YouTube link including the following information.

    1. Your name

    2. Other students' names

    3. Japanese teacher's name

    4. Japanese teacher's email

    5. School name

    6. School grade

    7. Level of Japanese (1st year, AP, etc)

    8. Title of your performance

    9. Length *Must be within 3 minutes.

    10. Link of your demo

    11. Necessary equipment

    2020 Special Harumatsuri T-Shirt Design Contest

    Both Hand Written and Digital Entries

    Deadline: Monday, January 20, 2020


    The Theme:

    -Celebrate the year, 2020

    -Commemorate the new era, Reiwa

    -Promote the 2020 Tokyo Olympics


    -Please submit your design on a black background using no more than two colors for the image itself in a PDF format.

    -Hand drawn images or computer designed images in letter size are both acceptable.

    -Please take into consideration that this years’ design will be printed on a black T-shirt. Some images might not be acceptable for that.

    -Design must include all of the following phrases:



    1. 二〇二〇年

    2. NECTJ春祭り

    3. ニューヨーク or NY


    -Please submit your designs to the following email address:


    1. Name

    2. School name

    3. Japanese teacher’s name

    4. School grade

    Video Skit Contest

    Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2020


    Length: 2-5 minutes


    Contents: Must be appropriate for screening in the school environment. No violence or inappropriate language and acting.

    Requirements: Each video should represent a labor of at least FOUR students. English subtitles must accompany. The script must be an original work by students.

    Judging Criteria: Satisfaction of the guidelines. Originality & Creativity, Japanese language skills.

    Submission format: Upload your video on YouTube.

    Application: Fill out this application form with the YouTube link including the following:

    Application: Fill out this application form with the YouTube link including the following information.

    1. Your name

    2. Other students' names

    3. Japanese teacher's name

    4. Japanese teacher's email

    5. School name

    6. School grade

    7. Level of Japanese (1st year, AP, etc)

    8. Title of your performance

    9. Length *Must be within 2-5 minutes.

    10. Link of the video


    You can watch the 2016 and 2019 winner's video here.

    NETCJ Speech Contest

    NECTJ スピーチコンテスト

    Regional Contest for the All-USA Speech Contest by Aurora Foundation



    The purpose of the speech content is to promote international understanding among local high school students by offering an opportunity to present and learn the different perspectives and new knowledge gained through studying the Japanese language and culture.






    Speakers can choose any topic; e.g. "Traditional Culture vs Pop Culture,” “International Relationships,” etc.






    Past Speech Contest Topics:

    You can download the Speech Contest 2017 program here.






    Applicants must be high school students who may not:


    a) be native speakers of Japanese;


    b) have a Japanese parent (Issei), or;


    c) have had more than six months of schooling in Japan after age six.


    d) These students also may not be past 1st place winners, and


    e) their teachers must be current members of NECTJ.


    Any student who places in the top 3 at the NECTJ Speech Contest on March 23 will be eligible to submit their speeches for consideration to the Aurora Foundation All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest to be held May 25th(tentative) at the University of California, Irvine. However, the winner of the national contest to enter the world speech contest in Japan in July must be a US citizen or permanent resident.


    For more details, see Aurora Foundation's website.





    a) 日本語が第一言語ではないこと。


    b) どちらかの親が日本人一世ではないこと。


    c) 六歳以降日本で学校に六か月以上通った経験がないこと。


    d) 過去にこのスピーチコンテストで一位を取ったことがないこと。


    e) 担当教師がNECTJのメンバーであること。







    Date and Venue:

    The Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese (NECTJ) Japanese Speech Contest for High School Students will be held during Harumatsuri on Monday, March 23, 2020 from 12:00- 1:15 p.m. at the United Nations International School.






    Procedure for Preliminary Selection

    (Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020)





    To be considered to be finalist for the Contest, teachers must submit the following on behalf of their students.




    (1) Online Application Form

    The Japanese teacher must submit student applications using the Online Application Form for up to three (3) students. If you have multiple entries, please rank the speeches from your school with the strongest speech as ‘1’ and so forth.



    Online Application Form(リンク)より、教師が応募用紙に記入してください。3名まで申し込めます。参加希望生徒が複数の場合は、教師によるスピーチの評価の高い順に1、2、の順番で記入してください。


    (2) Recorded Speech and Written Script

    E-mail the following items to nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com:





    (i) Recorded speech in MP3 format. Each speech must be 5 minutes or less in length.


    Name the file: (teacher’s last name). (student name)

    Example: Tanaka. David Bantz





    “(teacher’s last name). (student name).”

    : Tanaka. David Bantz.


    (ii) PDF file of each applicant's handwritten or typed script

    Name the file the same way as (i).





    Selection Procedure:

    Japanese teacher members of NECTJ will judge submissions and select 6-9 speeches for the Contest, where contestants will present their speeches in person.


    Teachers will be notified of finalists by the Speech Contest Committee by March 2, 2020.











    Instructions for Speech Contest Finalists





    Finalists and their Japanese teachers must follow the instructions below. Submissions must be made by teachers.




    (1) Submit the following by Saturday, March 7.


    以下を3 月7日土曜日までに提出してください。


    (i) English Summary of the Speech

    Finalists must write an English summary of their speech (200-250 words, typed). Teachers must combine all students' summaries into one Word document and send to nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com.


    Name the file by teacher's name.






    (ii) Entry Form

    Teachers must fill out the Entry Form sent to them by the Committee to provide participants' contact information, names of accompanying family and friends, lunch information, etc. and send it back to nectjharumatsuri@gmail.com.





    (iii) Agreement Form

    Participants are asked to fill out and sign the Agreement Form regarding the use of their photographic images by NECTJ. Send us back a scanned image of the Form to the address above.





    (2) Other Things to Prepare for the Contest




    (i) Practice your speech

    You will be giving a speech in front of a general audience as well as a panel of judges who will ask you a few questions based on your speech. Participants are encouraged to memorize their speech.




    (ii) Admission and lunch fees

    Contestants from schools NOT participating in Harumatsuri must pay for admission and lunch (optional). Their accompanying family and friends must also pay for admission and lunch (optional). Family and friends will have their lunch in a separate location from the contestants.




    This Year's Song:

    パプリカ (Paprika) by 米津玄師 (Kenshi Yonezu)

    You can turn on the CC for English translation.

    Click here to see the lyrics of the song.


    The 2nd video is for dance practice.


    Saturday, November 16, 2019

    Kick-Off Meeting for Japanese Teachers

    9:00 am - 1:00 pm


    Monday, January 20, 2020

    2020 Special T-Shirt Design Contest


    Friday, January 31, 2020

    List of Student Participants

    Proposals for Student Booths

    Video Skit Contest

    Talent Show Application with a 30 Second Demo-Video


    Saturday, February 1, 2020

    2nd Meeting for Japanese Teachers

    9:00 am - 1:00 pm


    Friday, February 7, 2020

    Speech Contest


    Friday, February 28, 2020

    Final List of Student Participants

    Registration Payment


    Sunday, March 22, 2020

    Preparation Day

    9:00 am - 4:00 pm (tentative)


    Monday, March 23, 2020

    26th NECTJ Harumatsuri


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    NECTJ is a non-profit organization and organizes Harumatsuri with generous support and donations from various organizations and companies.

    We will appreciate your both voluntary working at the event and monetary support.


    If you are interested in volunteers, please contact us by e-mail.


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    Thank you for your support.

    Arigatoo gozaimasu.