Thursday, January 26, 2012

Speech Festival! スピーチフェスティバル!

Another big GET event was the Speech Festival. 
Many students participated to do a speech- the event went on the whole day for people to come in and enjoy listening to speeches. 

もうひとつのGET の大きなイベントはスピーチフェスティバル。

Many of the teachers participated too! Steven, Claudia and Jay did a speech in Japanese and I did one in Spanish. It felt really important to do this- not only did I understand how my students felt when getting on that stage, but it gave me a sense of accomplishment as I started to take up Spanish being on the boat. I think Peace Boat was a wonderful place to try new things, as the people around make you feel safe, supported and loved. 


Listening to people's speeches was also a very touching experience. There were speeches that brought tears to my eyes, made me laugh, made me think... People shared their past, present and future, and simply who they are by being up on the stage. It is extra special when you get to know someone more through what they themselves have chosen to share. 


The range of feelings, topics and people in the Speech festival I think represented life in itself. It was a lovely day to peek into people's minds and lives. 


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