Notice of Cancellation of Philacon by Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia (March 28, 2020)

In keeping with the CDC’s and the City of Philadelphia’s guidelines for public gatherings, we have decided to cancel Philacon on March 28th as a measure of caution. We are sorry to disappoint so many students, teachers, and parents, but we take our responsibility for protecting our public very seriously. We hope you will experience next year’s event with us, which we plan on making bigger and better than ever.

The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia is closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation. We take this threat seriously and are taking proactive steps to ensure the health and safety of our staff, visitors, and attendees.

Nihongo PhilaCon is an annual quiz show-style competition for high school students studying Japanese.  The name is taken from the Japanese word for Japanese language – nihongo​ – and a Japanese style contraction – Philacon, which is short for Philadelphia competition (the “m” becomes an “n” in Japanese pronunciation).

Nihongo PhilaCon 2020 will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020

Hosted by Villanova University, eligible students can register online (for information eligibility, see Rules). Thanks to support from the Subaru of America Foundation, there is no fee to participate. Registration will close on Friday, March 20.

Following registration, participants are assigned to teams of three to four people. Teams are assigned to mix students from different schools to encourage new friendships and emphasize fun over competition.

There are two rounds of competition, followed by bento​ box lunch and an interactive cultural workshop (i.e. taiko drumming, calligraphy, mochi making). The day ends with prizes for the winning teams and gift bags for all participants.

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