February 22, 2020
Clark College, Vancouver, WA

Sixty high school students from around Oregon and Washington states gathered excitedly at Clark College in Vancouver, WA on Saturday February 22nd to participate in the fourth annual Japan Bowl, hosted by the Japan-America Society of Oregon. Entered into 3 different competition levels based on ability, teams of 2 or 3 grappled with 50 questions on elements of Japanese language and culture throughout the entire morning.

After bento, games of karuta and a performance by Takohachi Q and Koh, the top 3 teams were announced for an afternoon of finals, based on a TV game show, with quiz-masters, buzzers, and even celebrity judges who judged the finalists’ answers by holding up a maru or a batsu.

Cheered on by an audience including Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Consul General Yamada from the Consulate of Japan in Seattle, the lower level finals were fought in in both cases by 2 teams from the International School of Beaverton and one from Westview High School. In the top division, Level 4, participating teams were Roosevelt and Sunset High Schools from Oregon, and Kamiak High School from Mulikteo, north of Seattle.

International School of Beaverton Team 2 was the Level 2 winner, Westview High School won a close-fought battle in Level 3, and Kamiak High School overcame all to win Level 4. All finalists won a variety of prizes, and the winners of Level 3 and Level 4 will fly to Washington DC to take part in the National Japan Bowl championships on April 2-3.

Full Results

Level 2
1st International School of Beaverton Team 2
2nd International School of Beaverton Team 1
3rd Westview HS

Level 3
1st Westview HS
2nd International School of Beaverton 1
3rd International School of Beaverton 2

Level 4
1st Kamiak HS
2nd Sunset HS
3rd Roosevelt HS

Preparation for Japan Bowl

Team Study Guide for the students –PNWJB-2020-JB-Study-Guide
Administrative Guide (PDF) – 2020 PNJB Administrative Procedures
Competition Guide (PDF) – 2020 PNWJB Competition Guide

Application Forms for Students (Word file) –2020 Japan Bowl Application Forms for Students

Application Forms for Teachers (Word file) –2020 Japan Bowl Application Forms for Teachers

Event Program (this may slightly change):

8:00 – 9:00 am         Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 9:20 am         Opening Ceremony
9:20 – 9:35 am         Break
9:35 –10:20 am        First Round
10:20 –10:35 am      Break
10:35 –11:20 am      Second Round
11:20 –12:10 pm      Lunch
12:10 – 1:15 pm       Japanese Cultural Entertainments/Activities (TBA)
1:15 – 1:25 pm         Championship Round — Rules
1:25 – 2:10 pm         Championship Round — Level II
2:20 – 3:15 pm         Championship Round — Level III
3:25 – 4:10 pm         Championship Round — Level IV
4:10 – 4:40 pm         Break
4:45 – 5:15 pm         Awards and Closing Ceremony

National Japan Bowl will be held in Washington, D.C. on April 2 – 3, 2020.
Find out more about National Japan Bowl®.

Thank you Gold Sponsors

Thank you Silver Sponsors

Thank you Bronze Sponsors

Thank you Supporters

Mr. Kihachiro Nishiura
Mr. Kazuya Hirai
Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon
Washington Association of Japanese Teachers
Shokookai of Portland
Marukin Ramen
Travel Portland
Takohachi Q & Koh
Hyogo Cultural Center