29th National Japan Bowl

The National Japan Bowl is America’s premier Japanese-language competition, now in its 29th year. Each spring the Japan-America Society of Washington DC welcomes 200 of the country’s top high school Japanese language students to the nation’s capital for the competition. The National Japan Bowl is a high-level, high-intensity competition that tests students’ knowledge of Japanese language and of the culture, history, and social context that bring the language to life. Learn More29th National Japan Bowl


Registration for the
29th National Japan Bowl® is closed.

If you are a student or teacher and have further inquiries about competing this year, please email japanbowl@jaswdc.org.

We are now accepting day-of volunteer applications.


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The National Japan Bowl is a Signature Program of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC. Inaugurated in 1992, the Japan Bowl is a Japanese language competition that aims to encourage the study of Japanese language and culture by students across the country and around the world.

The Society also supports Regional and Global Japan Bowls that have been created by 6 different organizations nationally and in 11 countries around the world. All of these competitions are connected to JASWDC by our Japan Bowl Council, which annually creates the intellectual content upon which Regional and Global Japan Bowl competitions are based. JASWDC’s Japan Bowl program truly has global impact, incentivizing the study of Japanese language across the world. JASWDC owns the rights to the Japan Bowl name and logo.

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