The 2020 Ohio Japan Bowl is open to full-time students currently enrolled in second- and third-level Japanese language classes in a high school in Ohio, and will feature two levels of competition:
We will be following the study guidelines established by the National Japan Bowl. Please see the section below to learn about the topics that will be covered at the Ohio Japan Bowl, along with the required kanji and Japanese expressions.
Please note that the participation level 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 (such as Japanese 4 or AP Japanese) and therefore would NOT be eligible to participate in Level III of the Ohio 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 at Level III.
The application packet must include the following items, available in two separate documents:
|2020 Japan Bowl Application Cover Sheet.docx||2020 Japan Bowl Student Agreement Form.docx|
One application packet must be submitted per team per level.
In determining the questions for the Ohio Japan Bowl, JASCO will follow the guidelines established by the National Japan Bowl for Level II and III competitions. Please download the below study guide for more information.
As taken from the Japan Bowl Study Guide:
Major events, people, and terms
Industry, technology, and infrastructure
|Daily Life & Society||
|Arts and Culture||
|US-Japan Relations||The US-Japan connection: Interaction between the two countries in the topics listed above|
Major events and developments in Japan’s politics, economy, international relations, and society during the 12 months prior to the Japan Bowl.
Note: Current events questions will be asked only during the Championship Round.
The following language topic guide is taken from the National Japan Bowl Team Study Guide. Students should be able to read, write, and understand the kanji listed in the document. Level 3 students are responsible for both Level 2 and 3 lists, and should expect to see kanji from both lists during the Japan Bowl.
Please note that while the National Japan Bowl Study Guide 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.
Third place teams in both levels will get a special trophy.
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.
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.
Interested in helping out at the Ohio Japan Bowl? Visit our Volunteer page and select Japan Bowl on the form!
First Place: Marysville High School
Second Place: Dublin Coffman High School
Third Place: Fort Hayes Arts & Academic High School