29th National Japan Bowl

Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC) hosted the 29th National Japan Bowl, otherwise known as Digital Japan Bowl II, on April 8-9, 2021.

JASWDC hosted the 2021 competition on Hopin and welcomed 300 teachers, students, and volunteers over the two days, culminating in the Championship Rounds, which were livestreamed on YouTube to over 1.5K viewers.

The 29th National Japan Bowl had a total of 202 students participate in 70 teams from 36 schools across 14 different states. Once again, the Society is happy to announce that the winners from Level IV will be awarded a trip to Japan thanks to the Embassy of Japan’s Kakehashi Program.

In the upgraded online competition, students traded in their physical question sheets for a microphone, computer, and smart phone!  In between rounds participants were able to enjoy live and recorded workshops hosted by Japanese cultural groups in smaller “breakout sessions.” These included origami, souran bushi dance, calligraphy, tea ceremony, and more!

The Championship Rounds and Closing Ceremony were live-streamed on YouTube from 6-9PM EDT on Friday, April 9 (7-10AM JST).

Viewers can expect appearances from Japan Bowl Honorary Patron Her Royal Highness Princess Takamado and other Japan Bowl supporters alongside Secretary of State Marc Knapper, Amb. James P. Zumwalt, and Figure Skater and Olympic Bronze Medalist Mirai Nagasu.  

Registration for the 29th National Japan Bowl is closed but volunteer applications are still open.

Student Resources

2020 Winning Teams

Level IILevel IIILevel IV
1stTownsend Harris High School, NYStuyvesant High School, NYThomas Jefferson
High School for Science and Technology, VA
2ndCupertino High School, CACupertino High School, CACupertino High School, CA
3rdStuyvesant High School, NY Thomas Jefferson
High School for Science and Technology, VA
Stuyvesant High School, NY
4th Thomas Jefferson
High School for Science and Technology, VA
Townsend Harris High School, NY Lynbrook High School, CA
5thLake Braddock, VALynbrook High School, CAMontgomery Blair High School, MD

WATCH THE LIVESTREAM RECORDING

For the first time ever watch the Digital Japan Bowl Championship Round on the JASWDC YouTube page! Catch up on all the action and watch our finalists go head to head on everything from Japanese language and history to pop-culture and society.


Have a question? Email japanbowl@jaswdc.org to contact a member of our team.

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