Winners of the "My Jimoto - My Town" Essay Contest


As we mentioned on our blog here, we had over 160 responses!


Reading the submissions, we could see common universal themes of personal growth, challenging cultural expectations, and many stories about Japanese language mishaps.

We’d like to announce the names of the winners and the prizes awarded:

Grand Prize:

Belle Ward


Second Prize:

Sherilyn Siy 


Third Prize: 

Onyejelem Perpetual Onyedikachi   


Judge’s Awards:                   

Nathan Eden 

Marcoalberto Lobo 
Olivia Kuziel 
Marie Norris 

Almira Raymundo

Congratulations to all of the winners and to all of the participants!

If you submitted an essay, please know that our five judges carefully read each essay and discussed them over a period of two days. Each essay was scored on a matrix of five standard criteria (ideas, organization, sentence fluency, conventions, presentation) on a scale of 1-5. A shortlist of the top 20 essays was then re-read and discussed, and from that list the we selected the final winners.

For all of the finalists, the technical aspects of their writing were excellent, and they had great finesse at handling the concept of “Jimoto” and hooking in the reader with their personal story. This was the main factor that separated the winners from the other submissions.


It is no exaggeration to say that after hearing this, we at Link Japan Careers are inspired and even more committed to helping you achieve the goals you may have while in Japan this 2022.

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