The nation’s premier high school Japanese language competition returns to Washington, DC for the 32nd National Japan Bowl.

APRIL 18-19, 2023
University of Maryland, College Park



Registration for the 31st 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.