High School’s Japanese learners in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, make a team and join Japan Bowl on March 5, 2022!

Competition Guide and Study Guide are now available:

This was National Competition in 2021!
Japan Bowl 2022

Sixty high school students from around Oregon and Washington states gathered excitedly at Clark College in Vancouver, WA on Saturday February 22nd in 2020 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

Thank you Silver Sponsors

Thank you Bronze Sponsors

Thank you Supporters

Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon
Washington Association of Japanese Teachers
Wacom