The health and safety of our student participants, volunteers, and staff are our top priority. After careful consideration, and in light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, we are postponing our in-person competition to March 2023. In lieu of the annual competition, JASSC will host a series of virtual webinars to help students prepare for the Digital National Japan Bowl. We remain excited to host the competition in 2023! We look forward to seeing you at our BENKYOUKAI!
The Japan America Society of Southern California Presents
The Japan Bowl® of California "Benkyoukai" is Back by Popular Demand!
What is the "Benkyoukai?"
The Japan Bowl® of California "Benkyoukai" is a virtual study session hosted by the Japan America Society of Southern California to provide high school students who are competing in the Digital National Japan Bowl an in-depth look at some of the topics and themes which may appear in the competition.
This year, the Japan America Society of Southern California will be offering the "Benkyoukai" sessions to student of ALL LEVELS!
Take a look at our trailer below to see how much we had fun at Benkyoukai 2021!
2022 Session Schedule*
|Session 1||Session 2||Session 3||Cultural Day|
|March 11, 2022 (Friday)||March 18, 2022 (Friday)||March 25, 2022 (Friday)||March 31, 2022 (Friday)|
|5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (PST)||5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (PST)||5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (PST)||5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. (PST)|
Goals of the "Benkyoukai"
goals of the "Benkyoukai" virtual study sessions are to build on the
linguistic skills the students are gaining through their Japanese
language courses in their classrooms by analyzing the specific topics
and types of questions that may appear in the upcoming competition. We
also hope to provide the students a safe and supportive learning
building a strong classroom community where students from many
different schools can build networks with peers who have similar
interests in Japan and the Japanese language.
Students competing in Levels 2, 3, and 4 will attend a total of three 90-minute virtual zoom meetings in which the instructor will cover some of the topics covered in the "National Japan Bowl Team Study Guide" made available through the Japan America Society of Washington DC. Each session will mainly consist of a lecture portion and a breakout session portion. During the lecture, the students will be given a chance to familiarize themselves with the types of prompts that may appear during the competition. In the breakout sessions, students will implement what they have learned by engaging in conversational exercises with their classmates. The fourth and final session will be dedicated to offering the students a cultural experience through "Cultural Day."
Students who attend all three sessions will receive a certificate of completion and a special Benkyoukai care package.
Who Can Participate in the "Benkyoukai?"
High school students who are registered to compete in the Digital National Japan Bowl at any level are eligible to participate in The Japan Bowl® of California Benkyoukai. Each eligible student must complete their application and submit their registration fee of $10 by the application deadline. Please note, due to the limitation of space, student applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.
What is "Cultural Day?"
Cultural Day is the final session of Benkyoukai to celebrate a job well done for the participants by inviting special guests from Japan and the U.S.! All participants of Japan Bowl Benkyoukai as well as their families are all welcome to join us virtually.
Photos from Benkyoukai Cultural Day 2021
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: FEBRUARY 25, 2021
Japan Bowl® of California Beknykoukai is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors
Ruth & Stacy Cromidas
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The Japan Bowl Benkyoukai is an independent program
hosted by the Japan America Society of
The Japan Bowl Benkyoukai is in no way sponsored or administered by the National Japan Bowl.
What is Japan Bowl?
Japan Bowl of California is an academic competition that tests the achievements of high school students who are studying the Japanese language. Its uniqueness stems from its dedication to test high school students not only on the language itself, but also on knowledge of “Japan, the country.” Japan Bowl also recognizes and encourages these students, who have chosen to study Japanese as their foreign language. The competition format is modeled on popular quiz shows such as “It's Academic.” Teams of high school students will compete at three different levels, depending on how long they have studied Japanese. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the students to show their Japanese language skills and knowledge, and meet other students in California that share the same interest.
The Japan Bowl® of California will be modeled on the National Japan Bowl®. Given that one-half of all high school students studying Japanese in the U.S. live and go to school in Southern California, Japan Bowl® of California promises to be one of the most important regional contests of its kind.
During the preliminary round of the competition, students will be tested with written questions, covering both language and non-language topics. Some non-language areas include history, arts and traditional and modern culture, geography, society and daily life, popular culture and current events. Finalists are tested with verbal communication skills in the championship round. Throughout the competition, students must have a decent comprehension of kanji (including names of topics, people and places), idiomatic expressions, onomatopoeic expressions, and affective expressions.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 California will serve as a preliminary round for the National Japan Bowl®, with the winning team representing California in the national championship.
Past Japan Bowl® of California
Japan Bowl® is a registered trademark of The Japan-America Society of Washington, Inc. The Japan Bowl® name and logo may be used only with the permission of The Japan-America Society of Washington, Inc.