More information can be found on the official Japan Bowl website.

The Japan-America Society has a special responsibility to the next generation of Americans, to help them learn about Japan as a country of its language, its history and culture, and its relationship with the United States.

The Japan Bowl® was created by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC in 1992. It is an academic competition that tests the achievements of high school students throughout the United States who are studying the Japanese language. But the Japan Bowl goes beyond language. It also tests the student’s knowledge of Japan, the country.

The National Japan Bowl® competition is held each spring. The format is modeled on popular quiz shows such as “It’s Academic.” Teams from across the nation compete for two days at three different levels, depending on how long they have studied Japanese.

The National Japan Bowl® also includes a variety of cultural activities outside the competition room. In years past, the students have joined cultural workshops that feature activities such as calligraphy and origami. Students have learned how to wear a kimono and play the koto. They have met sumo champions and famous Japanese musical artists.

Through the Japan Bowl®, the Japan-America Society and its many supporters recognize and show appreciation to those high school students from across the United States who have chosen Japanese as their foreign language.

The winners of the Level 4 competition, who usually are high school seniors — are declared the National Champions and awarded a trip to Japan. In 2007 and 2008, the top three Level IV teams were invited to Japan and participated in demonstration competitions at the US Embassy in Tokyo and the Canadian Academy in Kobe – the “Tokyo Round” and the “Kansai Round.”


On April 6 and 7, 2017, the Japan-America Society of Washington DC held the 25th National Japan Bowl® in Chevy Chase, Maryland. This year, 170 students from 27 schools came from all over the United States and its territories, as well as a team from the Mexico Japan Bowl. New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, Texas, Oregon, California, Guam, and Mexico were represented.

JASWDC congratulates the winning teams of the 2017 National Japan Bowl, the West Coast Teacher’s Team, winners of the the first-ever Teacher’s Round, and all of the participants. The Level 4 winning teams will be awarded a trip to Japan thanks to the generous support of the Mazda Foundation.

The top 5 teams of each level are:

Level 2
1st Silver Creek High School, CA
2nd Thomas Jefferson High School, VA
3rd Lynbrook High School, CA
4th Townsend Harris High School, NY
5th Shakopee High School, MN

Level 3
1st Lynbrook High School, CA
2nd Thomas Jefferson High School, VA
3rd Gretchen Whitney High School, CA
4th The Woodlands College Park High School, TX
5th Montgomery Blair High School, MD

Level 4
1st Townsend Harris High School, NY
1st Lake Braddock Secondary School, VA
3rd Eastview High School, MN
4th Stevenson School, CA
5th Northside College Prep School, IL

For the ones who are not familiar with the National Japan Bowl, here is the link to the mini documentary:

National Japan Bowl® Study Guide

2016 National Japan Bowl® Administrative Guide

2016 National Japan Bowl® Application Forms

2016 Student Observer Application Form



2016 National Japan Bowl® Report
2015 National Japan Bowl® Report
2014 National Japan Bowl® Report
2013 National Japan Bowl® Report

“Why Study Japanese?” Presentation

This PowerPoint is from a presentation made to high school Japanese language teachers at the 2014 National Japan Bowl® by Amb. John R. Malott, the President of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC. It is aimed at parents, school administrators and others who question the importance of learning Japanese today.This presentation may be used freely to promote and advocate Japanese language study, but please give proper credit to the Japan-America Society of Washington DC.