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26th Annual Heartland Japanese Language Contest - Details

  • Saturday, March 09, 2024
  • 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


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:


 Registration will close Feb 24, 2024

Registration fees underwritten by:

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

26th Annual Heartland

Japanese Language Contest

March 9, 2024 - In person

Johnson County Community College

Feb 10, 24, March 8 - Online

Find complete contest details here:

2024 Lang Contest Info Packet .pdf

For updated calligraphy samples:

2024 JLC Updated Calligraphy Samples.pdf

Thanks to a generous grant for KU-Center for East Asian Studies, the registration fee this year is only


To register, click on link to the left.

Registration deadline is February 24, 2024*

*Please note:  Submission deadline for Speech contest is Feb 10!

Digital Submission Contests - due Feb 24:

  • Speech in Japanese 
  • Calligraphy 
  • Tanka - in Japanese and English
  • 4-Panel Manga 

Optional - Lunch order

 Bento Box*  - $15

*provided by Kyoto Sushi and Steak

3 options - Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Tonkatsu, or Vegetable Yakisoba

All options include: salad, steamed rice, 4 pc tempura, 4 pc California roll

Available to order in registration form


or if audience member - 2024 Bento Box Lunch Order - Japanese Language Contest

Schedule of Events

Entertainment, Activities, Info

  • HAJAS Bazaar table
  • Entertainment - Three Trails Taiko, Tatsumaki Yosakoi Dancers, MSU Dance Team
  • Japanese games, calligraphy, origami
  • Info tables - JCCC, KU, Japanese Exchange & Teaching Program (JET), and more

Registration End February 24, 2024

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, a mascot sticker and entries for digital, online 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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