The 7th Nodojiman Japanese Song Contest for Japanese language learners in Cambodia was held last Saturday at the Angkor-Kizuna Hall, Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC), Phnom Penh.
The event took place in a joyful enthusiastic atmosphere with over 400 participants cheering the contestants, said a press release of the Embassy of Japan in Phnom Penh AKP received this morning.
According to the press release, the successful candidates for this year are Ms. Kao Sokunthavry, 1st Prize Winner; Mr. Kim Bunna, 2nd Prize Winner; and Ms. Bun Rothkunthea, 3rd Prize Winner.
In addition, there are successful candidates for the special awards - Mr. Sor Oudom, Musical Prize; Mr. Nam Sothy, 1st Japanese Prize; Mr. Am Piseth, 2nd Japanese Prize; Mr. Hak Kimhong, 1st Performance Prize; and Mr. Noun Borey and his friends, 2nd Performance Prize.
This event was supported by several private companies and institutions such as Cambodian Public Bank, Soundskool, MATES Global Communications, Sui_Joh, Tokyo Biyori, Yakiniku Garden Shiki, Milo, Marugame Udon, Suzume Japanese Restaurant, Chai Angkor and Japanese Association in Cambodia.
This year, the embassy received applications from 119 groups (137 contestants). At the auditions on Mar. 5 in Siem Reap and Mar. 12 in Phnom Penh, 20 finalists were chosen to compete in the final contest.
The first prize winner of the contest was awarded a trophy, a certificate, and a laptop computer. The second and third prize winners received a certificate and a laptop computer from the Cambodian Public Bank. Besides, many other supplementary prizes sponsored by various companies were presented to the special prize winners.
Nodojiman Japanese song contest has been organized as an annual event for the purpose of encouraging Japanese language students to enjoy practicing the language through singing Japanese songs. It is expected that, through this event, understanding of Japanese culture and language among Cambodian students is further promoted.