Last year I participated in a Japanese speech contest at the Kounan Lounge Festival. I gave a speech about Japanese women and monsters. This year, I was asked to be the MC for the event. By the way, as the MC, I knew that I would have to speak only in Japanese, so I knew it wasn't going to be easy for me. Speaking broken Japanese in ordinary conversation is one thing, but trying to speak perfectly with polite Japanese in front of 200 people would be a challenge for me. But in any case, I was very happy to be part of it. In addition to being the MC, I was also asked to sing a few lines from "Let it go". I am not that great a singer, but I love singing, so I thought, "Why not?". I had been practicing everyday for the past month up to the event which was held yesterday. There was also a rehearsal about a week ago which I pulled off without a hitch, including the singing part, in acepella! Then came the big day.
When I stepped up to the microphone, and started to speak, I thought something was wrong with the mic because I couldn't hear my voice. Someone rushed out to check my mic, but then I realized that it was working ok. My voice wasn't because I was so nervous. However, after a while I calmed down and finished it until the end. The foreign speakers were really great. I had taken a break from studying Japanese because I have been so busy at work, but this motivated me to start again!
The festival was a lot of fun for me, and I was really happy to be part of it. Maybe next year I will take part in the karaoke contest!
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