The nation’s premier high school Japanese language competition returns in 2022 to celebrate the 30th National Japan Bowl, also known as Digital Japan Bowl III.

APRIL 21-22, 2022
12-9PM EST

Following the success of last year’s Digital Japan Bowl, JASWDC will continue to hold the 2022 competition online, welcoming over approximately 200 students and teachers from around the country and beyond to participate in a digital, real-time competition over two days. It is our aim to offer students a rewarding experience that celebrates their dedication to learning about Japan 

The Championship Rounds and Closing Ceremony will be live-streamed on YouTube from 6-9PM EST on Friday, April 22.  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.




About the National Japan Bowl

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.

The National Japan Bowl’s top winners travel to Japan for a week of cultural experiences with host families and Japanese students, and an audience with dignitaries including Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado, the National Japan Bowl’s honorary patron.

The Japan-America Society of Washington DC has supported the creation of twenty regional Japan Bowl® competitions across America and around the world, giving the program a global impact.