18th Annual Japanese Language Contest

  • Saturday, March 05, 2016
  • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Olathe North High School, 600 E. Prairie St., Olathe, KS


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The Olathe Schools Japanese Department and HAJAS proudly present:

The 18th Annual


Saturday, March 5, 2016 – 10 am – 4:30 pm

Olathe North High School

600 Prairie Road, Olathe, KS 66061

The competition is open to high school, college, and independent study students of Japanese at the beginning and intermediate levels of proficiency.  Awards will be provided to the top three finalists in all events with the exception of the talent show.


1. NEW EVENT! - Level 1 students- High School and College (1st yr) - Hiragana & Katakana Karuta Competition

2. Level 2 Students (high school) - Quiz Bowl* (See special opportunity below)

3. Level 3/4 Students (high school) - Quiz Bowl (Good prizes!)

4. College (1st and 2nd yr) students - Quiz Bowl (similar to HS Level 2 content with Good Prizes!)

5. Talent Show/Skit - all levels of high school and college (Japanese Snack Basket Prize)

***Please note that you must enter at least one other event if you are performing in the talent show. The event can be one of the mail-in events (calligraphy or tanka).***

6. Mail in: Calligraphy and Tanka - all levels of high school and college (1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons)

More Information

Please download a competition guide here with important information about all events.

Click here for an updated guide to the High School Level 3 and 4 and College Level quiz bowl competition.

QUIZ BOWL  Teams comprised of 3 members each will compete by answering questions about Japan. Most questions and answers will be in English but some will require Japanese language ability. Topics include geography, history, cultural arts, pop culture and language. Study guides will be published by February 1.

Special opportunity for High School Level 2 students: 

Through the National Japan Bowl and a generous grant from the Mazda Foundation, the winning High School Level 2 team and their teacher will be awarded an all expense paid trip to Washington DC to compete in the National Japan Bowl and attend the annual Sakura Festival, April 14-16.

NEW ANNOUNCEMENT! We were just informed that the MAZDA FOUNDATION is extending their grant to include the 2nd place Level 2 team.  All expenses for the 2nd place team will be covered EXCEPT AIRFARE. Full funding for the teacher is provided. We will pursue local funding for the 3 student airfares and keep you posted. 

Any Level 2 High School team and teacher interested in competing at the March 5 Language Contest is encouraged to read the detailed information provided by the Japan Bowl at this site:  http://www.jaswdc.org/page-1451994.  

A study guide is provided here: 


All levels of students interested in forming a Quiz Bowl team should also access the Japan Bowl Website.  Many of the questions we will use in our Quiz Bowl are similar in content and style to the Japan Bowl material at Levels 2 and 3.

A delicious Japanese lunch of curry rice, fruit, and a drink will be available for $8. You can also shop for cool Japanese goods from Yoki and the HAJAS bazaar and learn about the upcoming Naka-Kon convention!

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