Karaoke contest harmonizes Sino-Japanese relations
Updated: 2017-09-07

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Japanese teenagers attending the final of a karaoke competition featuring Chinese songs pose for a photo at Shanghai International Studies University on Aug 29. [Photo/sisu.edu.cn]

The final of a karaoke competition inviting 23 Japanese teenagers to sing Chinese songs was held at Shanghai International Studies University on Aug 29.

The event, being held to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations, saw youngsters from Japan performing various Chinese songs, such as the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, a classic tune about the beautiful rivers and mountains of China and praying for world peace and human well-being.

Six teenagers were awarded a first prize, while two won second prizes and three took home third prizes. A further two students received praise for their Chinese proficiency and stage manners.

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One of the first-prize winners poses for a photo with award presenters. [Photo/sisu.edu.cn]

The competition was initiated by the Confucius Institute at J. F. Oberlin University in Japan. Its smooth running also attributed to strong support from the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Education Section of China’s Embassy to Japan, Tongji University and Shanghai International Studies University.

Since its initiation in 2007, the competition has developed into a famous brand inviting numerous teenagers to cross cultural boundaries through beautiful songs and actively engage in Sino-Japanese exchanges.

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A Japanese teenager stages the classic song Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which praises the beautiful rivers and mountains of China and prays for world peace and human well-being. [Photo/sisu.edu.cn]

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