On Thursday and Friday, April 12 and 13, 2012, The Japan-America Society of Washington DC held its annual National Japan Bowl in Chevy Chase, Maryland. This marked the 20th anniversary of the Japan Bowl. JASH Educational Program Director Kelsey Soma Turek made the journey from Hawaii to observe the high school competition and see how we can improve the Society’s Japan Wizards Statewide Academic Team Competition (JWC). Sixty-five teams represented 32 schools from across the United States in this motivational Japanese language competition. The Japan Bowl is similar to the JWC in Hawaii. Its top scoring Level IV team is awarded a trip to Japan. Similar competitions are held by Japan-America Societies throughout the U.S., but JASH’s is the only competition that consistently awards four trips to Japan. Congratulations to all the participants! JASH will use some lessons learned to improve our 2013 JWC.