Japan America Society of Southern California
Building Japan-America Relationships Since 1909

Japanese Language & Culture Competition for High School Students

Japan Bowl® of California

High school students studying Japanese at level III and IV are encouraged to compete in the annual Japan Bowl® of California!

The Japan Bowl
® of California is held in early March every year. Study Guide is posted on JAS website in fall to assist students and teachers prepare for the Japan Bowl® of California.

What is the Japan Bowl®?

In 1992, to make the study of Japan and the Japanese language both challenging and enjoyable, the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., launched the National Japan Bowl®, an annual competition that recognizes and encourages the nearly 50,000 high school students across the United States who have chosen to study Japanese as their foreign language. Over the years, the National Japan Bowl® has grown to become the pre-eminent venue for demonstrating American students’ knowledge of Japan, its language, its history, and its culture, focusing a national spotlight on the close, longstanding relationship between the two countries and their people. 

The Japan Bowl® of California will be modeled on the National Japan Bowl®. Given that one-third, or approximately 15,000, of all high school students studying Japanese in the U.S. live and go to school in Southern California, Japan Bowl® of California promises to be one of the most important regional contests of its kind. 

In addition to being an outstanding opportunity for students of Japanese language and culture to meet one another, immerse themselves in all things Japanese for a day, and publicly demonstrate the depth of their knowledge of Japan, the Japan Bowl® of California will serve as a preliminary round for the National Japan Bowl®, with the winning team representing Southern California in the national championship. 

At the conclusion of the Japan Bowl® of California competition, the winning Level 3 and 4 teams will be declared Southern California Champions, and the advanced-level Champions will be awarded a trip to compete in the National Japan Bowl® in Washington, D.C.

Find out more about National Japan Bowl®.

Inquiries should be sent by email to Kay Amano, Programs Director, Japan America Society of Southern California at amano[at]jas-socal.org.

Financial Support
Teams from Title 1 schools may be eligible to receive financial support for the application fee. For more information about Japan Bowl® of California or for information on financial support, please contact Kay Amano, JASSC Programs Director at 310-965-9050 x104 or amano[at]jas-socal.org.

Sponsor a Team
You can sponsor a Title 1 school (2 teams from each level, total of 6 students and 2 chaperones) for only $250! Click on the "Donate" button below, and check "JASSC Educational Programs - Japan Bowl of California".


Past Japan Bowl® of California

2014 Japan Bowl® of Southern California

2013 Japan Bowl® of Southern California

Highlight video from 2013 Japan Bowl of Southern California

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