The nation’s premier high school Japanese language competition returns in-person in 2023 for the 31st National Japan Bowl.

APRIL 13-14, 2023
12-9PM EST
University of Maryland, 

After three years online, we are excited to be back in-person, welcoming over 200 students and teachers from around the country and beyond to participate in the National Japan Bowl over two days at the University of Maryland. 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 14.  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 31st National Japan Bowl is closed but volunteer applications are still open.


Media & Observers

Email Olivia Kent at [email protected] to request a media or observer pass to watch the preliminary rounds of the National Japan Bowl.

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.