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Thank you for applying!
We will announce the winner by the end of March.
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2024 Essay Contest Application Materials
Deadline: February 1, 2024, 11:59 pm (CT)
- Contest Details -


One winner will receive round trip airfare to Japan, room and board with a homestay family, and four weeks of Japanese language study at the Kyoto Japanese Language School in the summer of 2024!

Write an essay in English in 300 to 500 words responding to the prompt below:

Describe what knowledge you would gain from physically going to Japan that a virtual experience cannot provide and explain how, on your return, you could use this to deepen international understanding for others.



How to Enter the Contest

Submissions must be received before 11:59 pm (CST) on February 1, 2024. One winner will be selected by judges and contacted by telephone and announced on our website.


  • high school students who will be at least 16 years of age by July 1, 2024

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

  • have formally studied Japanese language for at least one year by June 2024


  • Entries must include a completed application and essay to be reviewed.

  • Winner must be able to obtain a passport and travel independently to Japan in the summer of 2024. School period: July 12th to August 8th, 2024

  • Contestants agree that KCC-JEE may publish their name and essay on our website.



One winner will be selected and the prize includes roundtrip airfare to Japan, four weeks of Japanese language study at the Kyoto Japanese Language Institute, and room and board with a homestay family. There is no cash prize for this contest. 

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