I had wanted to try singing at the morning assembly in our company during my turn so I did not let this chance pass. This time I summoned all the courage I had and decided to sing during my last speech.
Even though I did want to sing before, there was also another reason why I chose to do so. And that was it wasn't supposed to be my turn yet.
It was a long Tuesday night - I was working overtime - and my turn to do the speech was supposed to be on Thursday. I had not thought of a topic then because I was putting it off 'til the following day, Wednesday, which is a no-overtime day in our company. Okay, so there I was slaving off in front of my computer when one of my officemates suddenly asked me out loud, "Hey, it's your turn tomorrow. Is that okay?" Turns out that the person who was supposed to do the speech the next day was going to be absent.
And to answer my officemate's question, there was no way that was okay! It was already 8 in the evening and you expect me to think of a topic, write my speech, have it checked for grammatical errors, and memorize?! A speech in Japanese is not something we non-Japanese can just cough up on the spot, you know. However, it was then that I decided to take that as a sign to finally put my plan of singing during 朝礼 into action.
That was how I ended up singing "ありあまる富" (Ariamaru Tomi) by 椎名りんご (Shiina Ringo).
There were two reasons why I chose this song. One, the message that you get from the lyrics is really nice, and two, it is easy to sing.
So for now, here's how my speech went.