Japan Bowl Ontario

Japanese Language & Culture Competition for High School Students

It is with a great pleasure to announce that Huron University College and The Japan Society are co-hosting the very first Japan Bowl Ontario on Saturday, March 10th 2018 at Huron University College.

The Japan Bowl® is a Japanese language and culture competition for high school students initiated and developed by The Japan-America Society of Washington DC in 1992. The Japan Bowl Ontario is not an exam. It is designed to demonstrate achievement of knowledge of Japanese culture, society, daily life, history, geography, and current events. For the students, it provides opportunity to challenge and enjoy their study. Our goal is to strengthen students’ interest in Japan, encourage them to continue their connection with Japan, and deepen further understanding of Japan in their future. We aim the students to become leaders of the relationship with Japan.

The participants will compete as 3-members teams. There will be a preliminary round in the morning, a final round in the afternoon, followed by an award ceremony with presence of VIP, observers and sponsors. 

Topics of Questions and the Format
(1) Topics of the questions may include:
a. History:1603〜1868 Edo (Tokugawa) period (period events/famous people, etc.)Arts and Culture:Visual art (incl. paintings, publication, sculptures, China, flower arrangement, crafts, classic movies, and architecture).
b. Social science: geology and geography(incl. nature, environment, plants and animals, agriculture, fishery,
climates, natural phenomena, natural disasters).
c. Daily life and society: festivals, holidays, annual events, and celebration.
d. Pop culture: Youth culture such as anime, manga, popular music, traditional cuisine, and kawaii culture
e. Onomatopoeia: Taken from Kanji-kun’s LINE stamp : https://store.line.me/stickershop/product/1355458/en
f. Japan–Canada relationship regarding the topics above.
g. Japanese language: Simple words, expressions and kanji at (about) the Level N5 of Japan Proficiency Test.

(2) Question Format
Questions are either in a multiple choice question format (one out of four) or an answer in your own words format. Some questions are for all the teams, in which the fastest one who presses the buzzer button is allowed to answer. If there is no response to a question after 30 seconds, the next question will be asked; in this case, the previous questions cannot be revisited. The preliminary round is held in the morning, and the top three teams will move on to the final; the team with the highest score in this round will be the winner.

You must be a high school student in the Province of Ontario, who:
(1) Has not lived in Japan total of six months or more.
(2) Does not have a Japanese citizenship (Some exceptions may apply. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the organizer at jbontario2018{at}gmail.com.


March 10, 2018 10:30am to 3:00pm
Huron University College
1349 Western Road, London, Ontario

Deadline of entry is Wednesday, February 28, 2018

This initiative will coincide with the 90th anniversary of the Japan-Canada diplomatic relations in 2018. We welcome both financial and in-kind support for the Japan Bowl Ontario. Many foundations, corporations, and individuals in the United States have found that supporting the Japan Bowl® is an excellent way to demonstrate support for foreign language and global studies. We strongly believe this program will provide an opportunity to reach out, recognize, and reward the students themselves.

Organized by


Supported by


Thank you for your sponsorship


JIT Automation Inc.   

Deloitte LLP 
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
Pasona Canada

The name "Japan Bowl" is used with the permission of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC.

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