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Japanese Language & Culture Competition for High School Students


2013 Japan Bowl® of Southern California Results

Congratulations to the winning teams of 2013 Japan Bowl of Southern California!

Level IV
1st Place: Stevenson School, Pebble Beach, CA
2nd Place: Cupertino High School, Cupertino, CA
3rd Place: Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, Los Angeles, CA

Level III
1st Place:
Cupertino High School, Cupertino, CA
2nd Place:
Stevenson School, Pebble Beach, CA
3rd Place: Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, CA

Participate in the Japan Bowl of Southern California

High school students studying Japanese at level III and IV are encouraged to compete in the inaugural Japan Bowl® of Southern California! It will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel LAX.

The grand prize for Level IV winner is airfare, accommodation and entry fee to the National Japan Bowl® which will be held April 11-12, 2013 in Washington, D.C.!

Japan Bowl® of Southern California is presented by the Japan America Society of Southern California (JASSC). Additional supporters include the California Association of Japanese Language Teachers, the Consulate General of Japan in L.A., the Japan Business Association of Southern California, The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles and Teachers of Japanese Southern California.

What is the Japan Bowl®?

In 1992, to make the study of Japan and the Japanese language both challenging and enjoyable, the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C., launched the National Japan Bowl®, an annual competition that recognizes and encourages the nearly 50,000 high school students across the United States who have chosen to study Japanese as their foreign language. Over the years, the National Japan Bowl® has grown to become the pre-eminent venue for demonstrating American students’ knowledge of Japan, its language, its history, and its culture, focusing a national spotlight on the close, longstanding relationship between the two countries and their people. 

The Japan Bowl® of Southern California will be modeled on the National Japan Bowl®. Given that one-third, or approximately 15,000, of all high school students studying Japanese in the U.S. live and go to school in Southern California, Japan Bowl® of Southern California promises to be one of the most important regional contests of its kind. 

In addition to being an outstanding opportunity for students of Japanese language and culture to meet one another, immerse themselves in all things Japanese for a day, and publicly demonstrate the depth of their knowledge of Japan, the Japan Bowl® of Southern California will serve as a preliminary round for the National Japan Bowl®, with the winning team representing Southern California in the national championship.

The Japan Bowl is a team competition - and is open to full-time students who are currently enrolled in Levels III and IV Japanese language classes at a high school in the United States, whether in regular or block schedule classes. Each team must consist of two or three students, and all team members must be formally studying Japanese at the same high school.

At the conclusion of the Japan Bowl® of Southern California competition, the winning Level III and IV teams will be declared Southern California Champions. The Level IV winners will be awarded a trip to compete in the National Japan Bowl® on April 10-11, 2014 in Washington, D.C.!

Study Guide

This Study Guide describes the format, content, and rules of the Japan Bowl® of Southern California competition. It also describes who is eligible to compete. The Study Guide’s purpose is to help students and teachers form teams and prepare for the 2014 competition.

Download 2013 Study Guide

How to apply

The Administrative Guide will describe the application process and payment procedures. 

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