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25th Annual Japanese Language Contest

  • Saturday, March 04, 2023
  • 9:45 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Johnson County Community College, Capital Federal Conference Center in the Regnier Center, 11190 Quivera Rd, Overland Park, KS 66210


 Registration is closed

We'd love to have you join us to cheer on contestants at lively rounds of karuta, watch performances by Three Trails Taiko and Tatsumaki Yosakoi Dance Team, shop at the HAJAS bazaar table, and more!

Registration fees underwritten by:

Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, Heart of America Japan America Society and Japanese Language Contest Committee presents...


The 25th Annual Heartland Japanese Language Contest

Find complete contest details here:

2023 Lang Contest Info Packet.pdf

  • We continue to provide this opportunity for friendly competition and networking so that Japanese students can showcase their Japanese language skills and enjoy meeting other students across the region either virtually or in person.  


    Schedule of Events

    Friday, March 3  - Virtual

    On-line quizzes

    6:00 pm         On-line quizzes - check-in on-line

    6:15-6:45        On-line Japan Culture Quiz - all levels

    7:00-7:30        Vocabulary & Grammar Quizzes - N5, or N4, or N3 


    Saturday, March 4th - JCCC

    Karuta & Winners of Digital Submissions

    9:45-10:15  In-person event check-in

    10:30 - 12:00    Preliminary Karuta rounds will run back-to-back. 

    Participants in each level must check in by 10:15 so that the brackets can be finalized: 

    A.    Kana Karuta - Level 1 HS or 1st semester College Students Only

    B.    JLPT N5 Kanji Karuta - High School Level 2  and College 2nd and 3rd Semester students

    C.     JLPT N4 Kanji Karuta - High School Level 3-4  and College 3rd and 4th  Semester students

    D.    JLPT N3 Kanji Karuta - College 3rd and 4th year students

    12:15 Welcome, Introductions, Announcements

    Greetings from HAJAS and the Japanese Consulate at Chicago

    Introduction of JLC Planning Committee, judges, and special guests

    Announce winners of digital submission events: 

    On-line Quizzes, Calligraphy, Tanka, 4-panel Manga, Speech/Presentation, 

    Lunch, Activities and Games


    12:00 - 1:30 Box Lunch* – Provided by JCCC Catering 

    *Pre-order required:

    $12 for contestants; $13 for attendees -

    To order, go to

    1:45      Audience participation Japan Trivia Game (in English)

    2:30     Tatsumaki Yosakoi

    3:15      Three Trails Taiko

    4:15      Final Karuta rounds - Kana N5 Kanji - N4 Kanji - N3 Kanji

    5:15      Karuta Awards, Door Prizes, and Closing Remarks

    11:00 - 4:00 – Sales, Information, Activity Tables Open

    • Entertainment:

    Three Trails Taiko      Tatsumaki Yosakoi Dance Team

    Japanese Trivia Game - Audience participation, in English




    • Information Booths

    • JCCC, University of Kansas,Wichita State University, KC Art Institute
    • JET Alumni Association
    • Japanese Consulate of Chicago
    • Heart of America Japan-America Society

    Competitive Events include:
  • Five (5) Digital Submission events 

    (Due by Feb 22, but must register by Feb 16):

    1. 書道 Calligraphy - ひらがな・漢字  Hiragana and Kanji options

    2短歌 Tanka poem in English

    3短歌 in Japanese

    4四コマ漫画 Four-Panel Manga 

    5Speech-Presentation in Japanese NEW! 

    Choice of Two (2) On-line Quizzes 

    Friday, March 3, 6pm - 7:30 pm:

    6. JLPT N5 たんご&ぶんぽう クイズ vocabulary &  grammar quiz for mid-upper beginner

    7. JLPT N4 たんご&ぶんぽう クイズ vocabulary &  grammar quiz for low-mid intermediate

    8. NEW!  JLPT N3 たんご&ぶんぽう クイズ vocabulary &  grammar quiz for upper intermediate-low advanced

    9日本文化クイズ - Japanese Culture Quiz  A primarily English quiz with a few Japanese Language references.

           This quiz is open to any level student.

    Four (4) IN-PERSON Events 

    Saturday, March 4, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm:

A. かな かるた (ひらがな & カタカナHiragana and Katakana Karuta for true beginner 

B. 漢字かるた-JLPT N5 Kanji Karuta for mid-upper beginner

C. 漢字かるた-JLPT N4 Kanji Karuta for low-mid intermediate

D.NEW!  漢字かるた-JLPT N3 Kanji Karuta for intermediate-low advanced

    Register by February 16, 2023, digital submission uploads

    by Feb 22 .

    (Free T-shirt for each participant!)

    Please review the above attached documents for more detailed information on individual events. 

    Each participating contestant will receive  a souvenir Japanese Language Contest T-Shirt featuring a unique design, a mascot sticker, and entries for digital, on-line and in-person events. Some events are level specific. Be sure to register for your level of Japanese.

    If you know of any other teachers or individual Japanese language students who might be interested in any of the contest events, please pass this information along to them. Or, if you let us know, we will add them to our mailing / email list.

    For more information or questions, please contact:


    Sponsored by:

    Consulate General of Japan at Chicago

    Johnson County Community College

    Heart of America Japan-America Society

    JET Alumni Association

    University of Kansas Center for East Asian Studies

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