33rd National Japan Bowl

The 33rd National Japan Bowl is tentatively scheduled for April 4-5, 2025.

The 2025 National Japan Bowl Team Study Guide is available for download! To access the guide, complete a quick survey to tell us who you are and where you’re coming from. Upon completing the survey, the study guide will be emailed to you. Don’t forget to download the Gestures Guide as well – no survey required!

The National Japan Bowl Team Study Guide is compiled each year by the National Japan Bowl Council in coordination with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC.


The National Japan Bowl is America’s premier Japanese-language competition, now in its 33rd 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.

A complete Japan Bowl Application will include:

  1. Completed Teacher/Lead Chaperone Registration Forms + payment
  2. Completed Individual Student Registrations Forms for each competitor + payment
  3. Completed Observer or Additional Chaperone Registration Forms + payment, if applicable

The 2025 Competition Guide will be available later this year.

For more information about participating in the 33rd National Japan Bowl, contact the Japan Bowl Team at [email protected].