Ohio Japan Bowl

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Dublin Integrated Education Center, Ohio University Dublin Center, Dublin, OH


 Registration  12:00-12:30 PM
 Introductions and Preliminary Round  12:30-2:00 PM
 Break for Grading and Finals Announcement  2:00-2:30 PM
 Finals Round  2:30-3:15 PM

Ohio Japan Bowl Handbook

This handbook contains all relevant information regarding about the Ohio Japan bowl, including eligibility information, Japan Bowl schedule, and other information. 

Please read this handbook thoroughly and carefully. JASCO reserves the right to make the final decisions on all matters related to the Ohio Japan Bowl.

We also encourage you to read the National Japan Bowl Competition Guide and Registration Guide, as we will be following the same procedures followed at the National Japan Bowl. The two major differences are:

  • We will only have 1 level of competition (the equivalent of Level III - discussed below)
  • We will not have a Conversation Round

Winners of the Ohio Japan Bowl will be awarded the opportunity to travel to participate in the National Japan Bowl. If you wish to participate in the Ohio Japan Bowl, then you must be aware of what you may be required to participate in should you win and go to Washington, DC.

Quiz Bowl Level and Eligibility Information

The Ohio Japan Bowl is open to full-time students currently enrolled in a third-year Japanese language class in a high school in Ohio. This is the equivalent of Level III at the National Japan Bowl in Washington, DC.

We will be following the study guidelines established by the National Japan Bowl. Please download the following file to learn about the topics that will be covered at the Ohio Japan Bowl, along with the required kanji and Japanese expressions.

Click here to download the 2019 National Japan Bowl Study Guide

Please note that Level III is based on the Japanese language course level, and not the student’s school level. For example, a high school junior who began Japanese language study in junior high school might be studying at a level IV equivalent (fourth year high school-level Japanese study or AP Japanese) and therefore would NOT be eligible for the Japan Bowl. However, a sophomore or senior enrolled in third year high-school level Japanese language study are eligible to participate in the Ohio Japan Bowl.

About Japan Bowl Teams

  • Each school may send up to two teams.
  • All team members must be studying Japanese at the same high school.
  • A team must consist of two or three students. One student is not a team. We strongly encourage schools to form a team of three students instead of two.

Participation Eligibility

Japan Bowl Topics

In determining the questions for the Ohio Japan Bowl, JASCO will follow the guidelines established by the National Japan Bowl for Level III competition. Please see the National Japan Bowl® Team Study Guide for more information.

Non-Language Topics

History  The Modern Era Meiji ~ Heisei Pds.

Major events, people, and terms
Social Sciences  Government and economics
  • Constitution, government structures, national politics, and international treaties
  • Major economic trends/organizations, trade
  • National symbols
Daily Life & Society
  • Manners, etiquette, gestures
  • Japanese homes
  • Traditional food, clothing
  • Traditional games
Arts and Culture
  • Literary/film classics
  • Japanese poetry
  • Folk tales, children’s stories
  • Famous authors
Popular Culture
  • Online pop culture
  • Popular movies
  • Popular museums
  • Non-traditional foods (street food, regional bento, vending machines, etc.)
US-Japan Relations The US-Japan connection: Interaction between the two countries in the topics listed above
Current Events Major events and developments in Japan’s politics, economy, international re-lations, and society during the 12 months prior to the Japan Bowl.

Note: Current events questions will be asked only during the Championship Round.

Language Topics

Please see the following PDF, taken from the National Japan Bowl Team Study Guide. Level III students are expected to be able to answers questions about kanji and kanji compounds, as well as Expressive Japanese, using items covered in both Level II and Level III. 

Level III Japanese Language items

Please note that this document includes information about a Conversation Round. There will NOT be a Conversation Round at the Ohio Japan Bowl. However, we have included it so that you may be aware of what is required of participants in the National Japan Bowl. 


The first-place team (plus chaperone) will receive an all-expenses paid trip to participate in the National Japan Bowl in Washington, DC, April 11-12, 2019, and compete to win a free trip to Japan. Following the National Japan Bowl, they will be able to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Each member of the second-place team will receive a $50 gift certificate for White Rabbit Japan, a Tokyo-based exporter of products for Japanese language learners, Japanese snacks, toys, home décor items, and more.


About the Ohio Japan Bowl

The Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO) is pleased to announce that the 1st Annual Ohio Japan Bowl will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Dublin Integrated Education Center at the Ohio University Dublin Center, Dublin, OH.

The Ohio Japan Bowl is being organized by the Japan-America Society of Central Ohio in cooperation with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC, and the Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese.

The Ohio Japan Bowl will be held as part of the JASCO Japanese Language Festival. The JASCO Japanese Language Festival celebrates the study of Japanese in Ohio schools, fostering Japanese language education throughout the state by supporting the continued effort of local public schools and colleges to improve the quality of the Japanese-language learning environment. Through events that highlight not only the study of Japanese language and culture but also the scholastic and work opportunities that can arise from this study, the Festival not only supports the efforts of those currently studying Japanese, but also seeks to inspire and encourage others to broaden their understanding of Japan, its culture, and the strong ties between Japan and United States.

About the Japan Bowl

The Japan Bowl® is a Japanese language competition created by the Japan-America Society of Washington DC in 1992. The Japan Bowl tests the achievements of Japanese learners throughout the US and other countries. The Japan Bowl in the United States focuses on high school students.

What makes the Japan Bowl unique is that it goes beyond language and asks students about their knowledge of Japanese culture, society, daily life, history, geography, and current events. Participants compete as members of 3-person teams, based on how many years they have studied Japanese.

The Japan Bowl is not an exam; it uses a “quiz bowl” format. Students hear – and don’t read — the questions. They are given a timeframe, usually 30 seconds, within which to respond. The questions are asked in both Japanese and English and answered in a variety of ways.

The Japan Bowl was first held as a local competition for high schools in the Washington DC area. Within a few years, high schools from other parts of the nation joined the competition in Washington, and it became the “National Japan Bowl.” In addition to the National Japan Bowl in Washington DC, there are Japan quiz bowl competitions throughout the United States. Beyond the Ohio Japan Bowl, there are also official Japan Bowl competitions in Illinois, Wisconsin, Utah, and California.

The Japan Bowl seeks to motivate students to higher levels of academic achievement. It strives to impart the kind of real-world communications skills and cultural knowledge that will help students in their high school years and beyond. Most Japan Bowl participants say they plan to continue to study Japanese during their college years, and almost all hope to study abroad in Japan.

Japan Bowl participants say they hope to have a “Japan connection” in their adult lives, whether in business, academia, the arts, or public service. No matter which profession they choose, the knowledge and skills they acquired as Japan Bowl competitors will help them become future leaders in the US relationship with Japan.


Interested in helping out at the Ohio Japan Bowl? Visit our Volunteer page and select Japan Bowl on the form!

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