APRIL 8-9, 2021
12-9PM EST

The Japan-America Society of Washington DC (JASWDC) is excited to announce that the 29th National Japan Bowl, otherwise known as Digital Japan Bowl II, will be held on Thursday and Friday, April 8-9, 2021.

Following the success of last year’s Digital Japan Bowl, the Society will hold the 2021 competition online, welcoming students from around the country and beyond to participate in a digital, real-time competition over two days. We hope to ensure the safety of all participants, but also allow all the students to put their hard work to the test.  It is our aim to offer students a modified competition and a rewarding experience that celebrates their dedication to learning about Japan. In this modified version of the competition, students will trade in their physical question sheets for a microphone, computer, and smart phone!  In between rounds participants will also be able to enjoy live and recorded workshops hosted by Japanese cultural groups in smaller “breakout sessions.” The Championship Rounds and Closing Ceremony will be live-streamed on YouTube from 6-9PM EST on Friday, April 9. Viewers can expect appearances from Japan Bowl Honorary Patron Her Royal Highness Princess Takamado and other Japan Bowl supporters alongside surprise VIP guests to be announced closer to the date.  

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

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


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.

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