Student wins award at Japanese speech contest

Western Carolina University student Joshua Sims placed second in the Ansho Division of the Japanese Speech Contest held this spring at Georgia State University after reciting a poem.

Sims, a freshman from Whittier majoring in Spanish, chose to perform “Sayonara” by Tanikawa Shuntaro because he felt he could convey the mellow, sad emotion of the piece.

“‘Sayonara’ is composed of words of farewell spoken by a boy to his family,” said Sims.

A 2012 graduate of Swain High School, Sims said he plans to continue his studies of Japanese at WCU.

For more information about WCU’s Japanese Program, contact Masafumi Takeda, coordinator of Asian Studies programs, at