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!What is the Japan Bowl®?
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.
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.