2018 Metro Vancouver Japan Bowl

UPDATE: The results of the first inaugural Metro Vancouver Bowl are in! Over 60 people, including student participants, host teachers, family, friends, volunteers, and the Vancouver Shinpo, gathered at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre for the FIRST-EVER Japan Bowl in Canada. Secondary students from 6 different schools in the Metro Vancouver area participated in an exciting competition demonstrating knowledge in Japanese language and culture. Congratulations to a team from Killarney Secondary School for winning the first Metro Vancouver Japan Bowl!

For photos and a complete summary of the event, please click here to view the 2018 Metro Vancouver Japan Bowl Report.

For the link to Vancouver Shinpo’s article about the event, please click here.

The winning team was invited to participate in the Kakehashi Project.  They visited Tokyo and Nagasaki in July 2018.  To get a glimpse into their experience, please click here


JETAABC is excited to invite high school students learning Japanese to participate in the inaugural Metro Vancouver Japan Bowl on Saturday February 24, 2018.

The Japan Bowl® is a Japanese language and culture competition for high school students who are studying Japanese. The Japan-America Society of Washington DC organized and hosted the first Japan Bowl in 1992. The competition has since been expanding overseas and is now held in Poland, England, Italy, Mexico, Serbia, Bulgaria, France, etc. This year’s Metro Vancouver Japan Bowl will be the first time the competition is being held in Canada. Teams comprise of 2 to 3 members.

Registration is $10 per team. For highschool students, applications are submitted by the teacher: https://goo.gl/forms/YO2STEHSub59eKIg1.


1.Date and Location
Date: Saturday February 24, 2018
Location:Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre

Scene from National Bowl, USA.

The Japan Bowl questions will cover the following topics:

  • History: Edo/Tokugawa Era 1603-1868
  • Arts and Culture: Visual Arts (ceramics, ikebana, handicrafts and architecture)
  • Social Sciences: Physical Geography (flora and fauna, agriculture, climate)
  • Daily Life and Society: Festivals, holidays, seasonal events, celebrations
  • Popular Culture: Japanese popular culture with a focus on youth and “kawaii” culture (anime, manga, pop music, fashion, etc)

*The questions will be asked in English or Japanese.

The top three teams from the Preliminary Round will proceed to the Championship Round.

Canadian students who study Japanese at the high school level are eligible to compete at the Japan Bowl.

  • Students who are native speaker of Japanese or who use Japanese at home are not eligible to compete.
  • Students who have had significant exposure to Japanese language and/or culture outside the high school curriculum are not eligible to compete. For example, students who have spent a cumulative total of three months or more in Japan might not be eligible to compete.

4.Application Deadline:  Monday February 19, 2018

(1) The application should be submitted by the teacher of the team of two or three students.
Individual student cannot apply directly.
(2) Please fill out Registration Form : https://goo.gl/forms/YO2STEHSub59eKIg1
(3) Registration is $10/ team

Please note that photos taken at the event will be used for the reports, SNS, etc.
If you have any questions about the Metro Vancouver Japan Bowl, contact JETAABC at metrovancouverjapanbowl@gmail.com.

Metro Vancouver Japan Bowl Information Sheet– Feel free to post or distribute to to students and teachers.

2018 Study Guide

2018 MVJB Programme