2016 Video Koshien Winning Videos

Theme:Our Cool School!

Japan

Grand Prize & 1st Place : Murasakino High School (Kyoto)

I really like the innovative use of sound and camera transitions here. They did a good job of showing various aspects of the school and had some nice humor in there about, for instance, their lack of uniforms. (David Janes/ Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President, United States-Japan Foundation)

It was great how they introduced the surrounding environment of the school and different school events. I also really liked how everyone so openly participated in the video! (Shin Donowaki/ President, Japan Commerce Association of Washington D.C., Inc.; General Manager, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas/ Washington Office)

2nd Place : Asaka Kaisei High School (Fukushima)

I really liked the camera angles, using the Go Pro camera. Video was fun and interesting. Great job for showcasing school and student activities. Good video and audio quality. (D. Nicholas Harling/ Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice; Host of Let’s Talk Japan; Former JET Program Assistant Language Teacher)

The camera work and music were all great and really creative. I could tell how enthusiastic the students were to show how fun their school is. (Kyoko Shimomura/ Wife of Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

U.S.

1st Place : Eleanor Roosevelt High School(Maryland)

I was impressed with the quality of the video introducing their school using “diversity” as a key word. I could see students are very proud of their school with great diversity through this message, “The most attractive feature of Eleanor Roosevelt High School is students.” It was also great to combine pictures and movies effectively. (Hideaki Kogo/ Senior Specialist for Curriculum, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

This video was well packaged. It was very professional and theme based. It felt like a commercial. It was well edited and had lots of sources to illustrate the school. It was unique in that it selected a theme and stuck to it, and it had good messaging. (Kuriko Hasegawa Wong/ Vice President, FleishmanHillard International Communications; U.S.-Japan Council TOMODACHI Emerging Leader (ELP))

2nd Place: Kamehameha High School (Hawaii)

As it focused on specific topics and used a classic storyline structure it was easy for me to understand and therefore left an impression on me. I was impressed with how deeply and closely this school is tied with local tradition and culture. (Takashi Sato/ President, San-J International, Inc.)

It was nice to see American students speaking Japanese into the camera and sharing info on Hawaiian culture. (Jeffrey Adler/ Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Tokyo)

Judges (in alphabetical order)

Jeffrey Adler/ Cultural Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy Tokyo
Shin Donowaki President, Japan Commerce Association of Washington D.C., Inc. (General Manager, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas/ Washington Office)
D. Nicholas Harling/ Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice; Host of Let’s Talk Japan; Former JET Program Assistant Language Teacher
David Janes/ Director of Foundation Grants and Assistant to the President, United States-Japan Foundation
Hideaki Kogo/ Senior Specialist for Curriculum, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Ambassador John R. Malott/ Former President, Japan-America Society of Washington DC
Takashi Sato/ President, San-J International, Inc.
Kyoko Shimomura/ Wife of Former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Kuriko Hasegawa Wong/ Vice President, FleishmanHillard International Communications; U.S.-Japan Council TOMODACHI Emerging Leader (ELP)