The third New Zealand Schools Japanese Trivia Championships was held on the evening of Friday June 16. This joint initiative between NZAJLT (New Zealand Association of Japanese Language Teachers) and JSANZ (Japanese Studies Aotearoa New Zealand) attracted 103 teams from 50 schools eight regions (Auckland, Waikato, Manawatu, Wellington, Nelson, Canterbury, Otago and Southland). Numbers were up over 10% from 2016.

We welcomed two new venues for the evening: King’s High School (Otago) and Nelson College for Girls (Nelson).

CLICK HERE for photos from the event.

Schools competed against others in their own region in a pub quiz style contest, pitting themselves against other teams across five rounds testing their knowledge of Japanese pop culture, daily life, sport, festivals, food and geography.

Many students and teachers also took the opportunity to dress up for this special occasion with participants anticipated to be dressed in a variety of outfits such as yukata, cosplay, martial arts, or as ninja and samurai warriors, all adding to a colourful spectacle.

This was a wonderful opportunity for our students to use (and add to) their cultural knowledge together with other passionate students of Japanese they would not normally have the opportunity to meet and mix with and of course having lots of fun while doing so.

This event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and hosting institutions:

Premier Sponsor: Japan Foundation.

Gold Sponsor: JTB New Zealand

Other Sponsors: Embassy of Japan, Consulate General of Japan.

Venues: AUT and University of Auckland (co-hosts), Waikato Univiersity, IPU NZ Tertiary Institute, Victoria University, Nelson College for Girls, St Margaret’s College, King’s High School and James Hargest College

Full results from the eight venues can be found HERE

The regional winners were as follows:

Auckland Macleans College (Team One) 47
Waikato Hamilton Girls'(Team 2) 41
Manawatu Awatapu College(Team 1) 45
Wellington Wellington College (Team 1) 45
Tasman Waimea College 40
Canterbury Papanui High School(Team 2) 46
Otago Opihi College (Team 2) 40
Southland Verdon College 48

The top place nationally was awarded to Verdon College (Invercargill)