School bee winners honored

National Jun 1, 2020

School bee winners honored

The Japan Times has been sending the best speller of Japan’s English spelling contest to the United States to compete in the U.S. national finals every year since 2010. But this year, the spread of the novel coronavirus forced the 11th Japan Spelling Bee, which ...

Winner of spelling bee in Japan moves to next round of U.S. contest

National May 29, 2019

Winner of spelling bee in Japan moves to next round of U.S. contest

Less than three months after winning the 2019 Japan Times Bee, Ariya Narayanasamy spelled himself into the next round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday. The 12-year-old from Tokyo correctly spelled "bandicoot" and will compete in round three on Wednesday. Hosted in National Harbor ...

K. International spelling whiz wins Japan Times Bee

National Mar 3, 2018

K. International spelling whiz wins Japan Times Bee

by Cory Baird

Hanna Yoshida of K. International School Tokyo managed to outlast her final opponent Saturday over the course of nine tense rounds by spelling "insubordinate" to secure victory at the ninth annual Japan Times Bee. After misspelling a word in the final round, it appeared 14-year-old ...

Misawa spelling prodigy wins 6th Japan Times Bee

National Mar 14, 2015

Misawa spelling prodigy wins 6th Japan Times Bee

by Shusuke Murai

A diligent speller whose favorite English word is "floccinaucinihilipilification," or "the action or habit of estimating something as worthless," proved his exceptional talent by correctly spelling the championship word "snood" to clinch the 6th Japan Times Bee on Saturday at Japan Times Nifco Hall ...

Spelling ace Bostrom wins 2014 bee

National Mar 23, 2014

Spelling ace Bostrom wins 2014 bee

by Mami Maruko

Michaella Bostrom has been crowned winner of the 5th Japan Times Spelling Bee after besting 37 other students from around the country, booking a ticket to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington on her third try. "I'm surprised!" the 14-year-old student at Kakegawa ...