On November 7th, the 3rd KUSUNOKI CUP English Recitation/Speech Contest was held with eleven junior high students and nine senior high students taking part.  The recitation task for this year is  one of  Aesop’s Fables “THE WIND AND THE SUN”, which was selected by Craig-sensei so that junior high students can brush up on their English.  I was so happy to see most of the students trying to recite it with rich expressiveness and gestures. In addition, many high school students made speeches with feelings of gratitude and friendship by using a lot of impressive slides. Lastly, I sincerely express my gratitude to Craig-sensei, the honorable two judges, Rebecca King and Paul McAleese,  and the teachers at the English department, who gave a lot of  assistance in successfully carrying out this event.⦅vice-principal  masaki KOBAYASHI⦆


DATE:NOV. 7. SAT, 2020
PART 1  RECITAION⦅14:00~14:35⦆

ORDER ⦅10 JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS⦆alphabetical order of first name
NO. 1         Hibiki Takida                (JH 2nd grade)
NO.2          Hinano Endo                (JH 2nd grade)
NO.3          Kana Tamaruya            (JH 2nd grade)
NO.4          Kurumi Hayashi           (JH 1st grade)
NO.5          Mai Watanabe               (JH 2nd grade)
NO.6          Momo Kawanami         (JH 1st grade)
NO.7          Namami Ueda               (JH 1st grade)
NO.8          Riara Kouno                  (JH 1st grade)
NO.9          Riko Nakamoto             (JH 1st grade)
NO. 10       Yuri Kaitani                   (JH 2nd grade)

PART 2  SPEECH⦅14:50~16:00⦆

ORDER ⦅9 SENIOR HIGH STUDENTS&1 JUNIOR HIGH STUDENT⦆alphabetical order of first name

NO. 1         Chinami Okugaki          (SH 2nd grade)                  Nara
NO.2         Kimika Hoshino             (SH 1st grade)                    My Favorite Movie
NO.3         Mihiro Fujimoto            (SH 1st grade)                    Sports
NO.4         Miina Obayashi              (SH 1st grade)                    Gender in Japan
NO.5         Miki Koseko                    (SH 2nd grade)                   Tezuka Osamu
NO.6         Miu Nakamura               (SH 3rd grade)                   My High School Life
NO.7         Momo Miyazaki              (JH 3rd grade)                   Ballet
NO.8         Shina Katayama             (SH 2nd grade)                  My Future Job
NO.9         Suzuka Shimatani          (SH 3rd grade)                   Shoin’s ELTC
NO.10       Waka Onishi                   (SH 2nd grade)                   A Special Donation

1st place          Hinano Endo             (JH 2nd grade)

2nd place           Yuri Kaitani               (JH 2nd grade)

3rd place        Kana Tamaruya        (JH 2 grade)

1st place            Momo Miyazaki         (JH 3rd grade)

2nd place          Waka Onishi               (SH 2nd grade)

3rd place       Chinami Okugaki       (SH 2nd grade)



One day, the wind and the sun had an argument about who was stronger. They argued and argued and argued.
As they continued arguing, they saw a man walking below. The man was wearing a heavy coat. The sun and the wind had an idea.  They agreed on a challenge. The one who could make the man take off his coat would be the strongest.
The wind tried first. It began to blow hard and strong. It was difficult for the man to take even a step.  But, the man held on to his coat tightly, and with great difficulty, continued to walk.

The wind blew harder and harder, but the man held on to his coat tighter and tighter. Finally, the wind became exhausted and gave up.  It was now the sun’s turn. He looked at the man and began to gently shine upon him.

The man looked up at the sky; he was surprised at the change in weather. It was no longer windy.
The sun did not work too hard, nor did he apply too much effort. He just continued shining gently upon the man’s head.  Soon the man was tired, thirsty, and in need of rest.  Unable to bear the sun’s heat, the man finally took off his coat and sat under a nearby tree in its shade.  The sun had won.

The moral of this story? Sometimes gentle persuasion is mightier than the strongest force.


The Charm of Ballet  (READ BY AI) 

Hello, everyone. I’m very glad to see you all here today. I’m Momo Miyazaki and I’m a third-grader in Shoin Junior High School.

Have you ever seen ballet? Unlike in the theater and in musicals, ballet dancers do not speak on stage. Instead, the dancer tells the story by expressing their emotions and lines with their entire body. Today I’m going to talk about this in more depth and in particular about mimes and pas.

In this first part of my speech today, I would like to talk about mime. Mimes are also called pantomimes and this word was originally a Latin word. Panto means all, and mime means imitation. They act out their ballet instead of speaking it. I have an example. It is from Sleeping Beauty, a story that is famous as one of the three major ballets. Surely you know this story well. A lot of mimes are used in this story.  Like this, mimes are a very important way for ballerinas to tell their stories.

In the next part of my speech today, I’d like to explain something called ‘pas’. Pas is a ballet term that means special steps and movements. The dance that forms the basis of the ballet was born in Italy. At that time, the art of ballet, as we know it now had not been established. Eventually, it became established in France which is why most ballet terminology comes from the French language. The name of pas I’m about to introduce is the RAD method that I’ve been learning for a long time. Here are the six basic ballet positions. All leg movements when doing ballet go through these positions. These are the arms and legs in the first position, in the second position, the third position, the fourth position, the fifth position, and finally the sixth with the legs called parallel and the arms called bras bas.

The path from bras bas to the 1st, 5th, and 2nd positions is called porte de bras. Porte means to carry, de is an article, and bras mean the arms. If you can’t master this basic move, you can’t dance ballet. Well, you can, but it doesn’t look beautiful.
Next, I’d like to introduce to you the main pas. This is a pas called ‘arabesque’ and it appears in every ballet dance. Arabesque means arab-like in English. However, there are many theories as to why this pose means arabesque. Have you ever seen this pas? It’s called ‘le grand fouette rond dejambe en tournant’ and in English, it means to move in a circular manner with your legs whipping while rotating. In this movement, one’s legs act like a whip. The dancer rotates thirty-two times in a row in Swan Lake and Don Quixote. This pas is gorgeous and it is so exciting to watch. However, it is very difficult to do, and to be able to do this pas is one of my long term ballet goals.

When I was four years old, I started learning ballet and I have been doing so for eleven years. Looking back, I have various memories. This is a photo of when I danced on stage with a pair of special toe shoes for the first time. I was so happy because I had been longing for it. Eventually, I did lose motivation for dancing for a while. But I wanted to change this feeling so I tried to dance alone on the stage. This is a photo taken at that time. I regained my passion for dancing again by challenging myself to new things. I will continue to dance ballet. Ballet is my happiness and reason for living.

Today I talked about the various charms of ballet. Dance, music, and mime are essential for ballet. It is not so difficult to understand if you take time to learn about it. Why don’t you try watching some ballet sometime?

Thank you for listening