February 22, 2020
Clark College, Vancouver, WA

Welcome to the 4th annual Pacific Northwest Japan Bowl!

Japan Bowl is a fun but challenging language and culture quiz, testing high school students’ knowledge of both the Japanese language, and a variety of fun culture! Teams of 2 or 3 compete in different ability levels, with finals being a Jeopardy-style quiz show!

This year’s Japan Bowl will be held at Gaiser Hall at Clark College in Vancouver, WA on Saturday, February 22.


The 2020 participant schools are Kamiak High School and South Kitsap High School from Washington; and Beaverton HS, International School of Beaverton, Lake Oswego HS, Roosevelt HS, Sunset HS and Westview HS from Oregon.

There are a total of 63 students in total, split into divisions as: Level 2 – 8 teams, Level 3 – 6 teams, Level 4 – 9 teams.

Winners from Level 4 will be flown to Washington DC to represent the Pacific Northwest and take part in the National Japan Bowl in early April.

The event kicks off before 9am, with finals after lunch and cultural activities between 1:30 and 5pm. All attendees must be sure to contact JASO at 503-552-8811 prior to the event, as general attendance must be monitored.

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 Travel Sponsors & Supporters

and Mr. Kihachiro Nishiura, and the Association of Teachers of Japanese in Oregon