American Football in Japan
Japan American Football Association (JAFA) logo.
Koshien Bowl   Japan X Bowl   Rice Bowl

Koshien Bowl
Mainichi Koshien Bowl logo.
(Kanto League champion v. Kansai League champion)
Koshien Bowl 1 1946  Keio University Unicorns (W 47-0) Doshisha University Wild Rover
Koshien Bowl 2 1947  Kansai University Eagles (W 6-0) Meiji University Griffins
Koshien Bowl 3 1948  Keio University Unicorns (W 14-7) Kansai University Eagles
Koshien Bowl 4 1949  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 25-7) Keio University Unicorns
Koshien Bowl 5 1950  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 20-6) Keio University Unicorns
Koshien Bowl 6 1951  Rikkyo University Rushers (W 19-14) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 7 1952  Rikkyo University Rushers (W 20-0) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 8 1953  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 19-7) Rikkyo University Rushers
Koshien Bowl 9 1954  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 15-7) Rikkyo University Rushers
Koshien Bowl 10 1955  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (T 26-26) Nihon University Phoenix
Koshien Bowl 11 1956  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 33-0) Nihon University Phoenix
Koshien Bowl 12 1957  Nihon University Phoenix (W 14-6) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 13 1958  Nihon University Phoenix (W 13-12) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 14 1959  Nihon University Phoenix (W 42-0) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 15 1960  Rikkyo University Rushers (W 36-16) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 16 1961  Nihon University Phoenix (W 14-6) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 17 1962  Nihon University Phoenix (W 28-24) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 18 1963  Nihon University Phoenix (W 30-18) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 19 1964  Nihon University Phoenix (W 48-14) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 20 1965  Rikkyo University Rushers (T 22-22) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 21 1966  Nihon University Phoenix (W 40-12) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 22 1967  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 31-12) Nihon University Phoenix
Koshien Bowl 23 1968  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighter (W 38-36) Meiji University Griffins
Koshien Bowl 24 1969  Nihon University Phoenix (W 30-14) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 25 1970  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 34-6) Nihon University Phoenix
Koshien Bowl 26 1971  Nihon University Phoenix (W 28-22) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 27 1972  Hosei University Tomahawks (W 34-20) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 28 1973  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 24-7) Nihon University Phoenix
Koshien Bowl 29 1974  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 28-20) Nihon University Phoenix
Koshien Bowl 30 1975  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 56-7) Meiji University Griffins
Koshien Bowl 31 1976  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 29-22) Meiji University Griffins
Koshien Bowl 32 1977  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 51-20) Nihon University Phoenix
Koshien Bowl 33 1978  Nihon University Phoenix (W 63-7) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 34 1979  Nihon University Phoenix (W 48-0) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 35 1980  Nihon University Phoenix (W 42-7) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 36 1981  Nihon University Phoenix (W 42-31) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 37 1982  Nihon University Phoenix (W 65-28) Kyoto University Gangsters
Koshien Bowl 38 1983  Kyoto University Gangsters (W 30-14) Nihon University Phoenix
Koshien Bowl 39 1984  Nihon University Phoenix (T 42-42) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 40 1985  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 48-46) Meiji University Griffins
Koshien Bowl 41 1986  Kyoto University Gangsters (W 49-28) Nihon University Phoenix
Koshien Bowl 42 1987  Kyoto University Gangsters (W 41-17) Nihon University Phoenix
Koshien Bowl 43 1988  Nihon University Phoenix (W 35-28) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 44 1989  Nihon University Phoenix (W 45-14) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 45 1990  Nihon University Phoenix (W 34-7) Kyoto University Gangsters
Koshien Bowl 46 1991  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 25-20) Senshu University Green Machine
Koshien Bowl 47 1992  Kyoto University Gangsters (W 17-7) Hosei University Tomahawks
Koshien Bowl 48 1993  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 35-10) Nippon College Golden Bears
Koshien Bowl 49 1994  Ritsumeikan University Panthers (W 24-22) Hosei University Tomahawks
Koshien Bowl 50 1995  Kyoto University Gangsters (W 24-17) Hosei University Tomahawks
Koshien Bowl 51 1996  Kyoto University Gangsters (W 28-21) Hosei University Tomahawks
Koshien Bowl 52 1997  Hosei University Tomahawks (T 21-21) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 53 1998  Ritsumeikan University Panthers (W 25-17) Hosei University Tomahawks
Koshien Bowl 54 1999  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 52-13) Hosei University Tomahawks
Koshien Bowl 55 2000  Hosei University Tomahawks (W 28-21) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 56 2001  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 24-6) Hosei University Tomahawks
Koshien Bowl 57 2002  Ritsumeikan University Panthers (W 51-14) Waseda University Big Bears
Koshien Bowl 58 2003  Ritsumeikan University Panthers (W 61-6) Hosei University Tomahawks
Koshien Bowl 59 2004  Ritsumeikan University Panthers (W 38-17) Hosei University Tomahawks
Koshien Bowl 60 2005  Hosei University Tomahawks (W 17-14) Ritsumeikan University Panthers
Koshien Bowl 61 2006  Hosei University Tomahawks (W 45-43) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Koshien Bowl 62 2007  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 41-38) Nihon University Phoenix
Koshien Bowl 63 2008  Ritsumeikan University Panthers (W 19-8) Hosei University Tomahawks
(Japan University American Football Championship: East Japan v. West Japan)
Koshien Bowl 64 2009  Kansai University Kaisers (W 50-38) Hosei University Tomahawks
Koshien Bowl 65 2010  Ritsumeikan University Panthers (W 48-21) Waseda University Big Bears
Koshien Bowl 66 2011  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 24-3) Nihon University Phoenix
Koshien Bowl 67 2012  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 20-17) Hosei University Tomahawks  (12/16)
Koshien Bowl 68 2013  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 23-9) Nihon University Phoenix  (12/15)
Koshien Bowl 69 2014  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 55-10) Nihon University Phoenix  (12/14)
Koshien Bowl 70 2015  Ritsumeikan University Panthers (W 28-27) Waseda University Big Bears  (12/13)

 

Japan X Bowl
X League logo.
(Company League from 1981 X League from 1996)
Tokyo Super Bowl 1 1987  Renoun Rovers (W 31-28) Asahi Beer Silver Star,  at Yokohama Stadium
Tokyo Super Bowl 2 1988  Renoun Rovers (W 28-20) Matsushita Denko Impulse,  at Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Super Bowl 3 1989  Asahi Beer Silver Star (W 14-9) NEC Falcons,  at Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Super Bowl 4 1990  Matsushita Denko Impulse (W 14-6) Onward Oaks,  at Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Super Bowl 5 1991  Onward Oaks (W 49-10) Sun Star Finies,  at Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Super Bowl 6 1992  Asahi Beer Silver Star (W 21-7) Matsushita Denko Impulse,  at Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Super Bowl 7 1993  Asahi Beer Solver Star (W 13-0) Sun Star Finies,  at Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Super Bowl 8 1994  Matsushita Denko Impulse (W 48-28) Onward Oaks,  at Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Super Bowl 9 1995  Matsushita Denko Impulse (W 54-20) Recruit Seagulls,  at Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Sup. Bowl 10 1996  Recruit Seagulls (W 30-10) Onward Oaks,  at ,  at Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Sup. Bowl 11 1997  Kajima Deers (W 48-12) Matsushita Denko Impulse,  at Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Sup. Bowl 12 1998  Recruit Seagulls (W 45-24) Asahi Beer Silver Star,  at Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Sup. Bowl 13 1999  Asahi Beer Silver Star (W 18-16) Kajima Deers,  at Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Sup, Bowl 14 2000  Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers (W 20-18) Matsushita Denko Impulse,  at Tokyo Dome
Tokyo Sup. Bowl 15 2001  Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers (W 14-7) Matsushita Denko Impulse,  at Tokyo Dome
Japan X Bowl 16 2002  Recruit Seagulls (W 14-7) Fujitsu Frontiers,  at Tokyo Dome
Japan X Bowl 17 2003  Onward Skylarks (W 13-10) Asahi Beer Silver Star,,  at Tokyo Dome
Japan X Bowl 18 2004  Matsushita Denko Impulse (W 15-6) Asahi Beer Silver Star,  at Wing Stadium  15,000 (12/18)
Japan X Bowl 19 2005  Obic Seagulls (W 25-16) Matsushita Denko Impulse,  at Tokyo Dome  13,564 (12/19)
Japan X Bowl 20 2006  Onward Skylarks (W 24-21) Kajima Deers,  at Kyocera Dome, Osaka  12,327 (12/16)
Japan X Bowl 21 2007  Matsushita Denko Impulse (W 33-13) Fujitsu Frontiers,  at Tokyo Dome  17,629 (12/17)
Japan X Bowl 22 2008  Panasonic Denko Impulse (W 28-14) Kajima Deers,  at Kyocera Dome, Osaka  13,634 (12/13)
Japan X Bowl 23 2009  Kajima Deers (W 21-14) Fujitsu Frontiers,  at Tokyo Dome  22,059 (12/21)
Japan X Bowl 24 2010  Obic Seagull (W 20-16) Panasonic Electric Works Impulse,  at Tokyo Dome
Japan X Bowl 25 2011  Obic Seagull (W 24-17) Fujitsu Frontiers,  at Tokyo Dome  19,864 (12/19)
Japan X Bowl 26 2012  Obic Seagull (W 27-24) Kajima Deers,  at Tokyo Dome   (12/17)
Japan X Bowl 27 2013  Obic Seagulls (W 24-16) Fujitsu Frontiers,  at Tokyo Dome   (12/16)
Japan X Bowl 28 2014  Fujitsu Frontiers (W 44-10) IBM BigBlue,  at Tokyo Dome   (12/15)
Japan X Bowl 29 2015  Panasonic Impulse (W 24-21) Fujitsu Frontiers,  at Tokyo Dome   (12/14)

 

Rice Bowl
Rice Bowl logo.
(College All-Star Game 1947 to 1982)
(Koshien Bowl Champ v. Company League Champ from 1983 v. X Bowl champ since 1987)
Rice Bowl 1 1983  Kyoto University Gangsters (W 29-28) Renoun Rovers
Rice Bowl 2 1984  Nihon University Phoenix (W 53-21) Renoun Rovers
Rice Bowl 3 1985  Renown Rovers (W 45-42) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Rice Bowl 4 1986  Kyoto University Gangsters (W 35-34) Renoun Rovers
Rice Bowl 5 1987  Kyoto University Gangsters (W 42-8) Renoun Rovers
Rice Bowl 6 1988  Nihon University Phoenix (W 47-7) Renoun Rovers
Rice Bowl 7 1989  Nihon University Phoenix (W 42-14) Asahi Beer Silver Star
Rice Bowl 8 1990  Nihon University Phoenix (W 35-13) Matsushita Denko Impulse
Rice Bowl 9 1991  Onward Oaks (W 28-6) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Rice Bowl 10 1992  Asahi Beer Silver Star (W 29-20) Kyoto University Gangsters
Rice Bowl 11 1993  Asahi Beer Silver Star (W 28-23) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Rice Bowl 12 1994  Matsushita Denko Impulse (W 16-14) Ritsumeikan University Panthers
Rice Bowl 13 1995  Kyoto University Gangsters (W 35-21) Matsushita Denko Impulse
Rice Bowl 14 1996  Recruit Seagulls (W 19-16) Kyoto University Gangsters
Rice Bowl 15 1997  Kajima Deers (W 39-0) Hosei University Tomahawks
Rice Bowl 16 1998  Recruit Seagulls (W 30-16) Ritsumeikan University Panthers
Rice Bowl 17 1999  Asahi Beer Silver Star (W 33-17) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters
Rice Bowl 18 2000  Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers (W 52-13) Hosei University Tomahawks
Rice Bowl 19 2001  Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters (W 30-27) Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers
Rice Bowl 20 2002  Ritsumeikan University Panthers (W 36-13) Recruit Seagulls
Rice Bowl 21 2003  Ritsumeikan University Panthers (W 28-16) Onward Skylarks
Rice Bowl 22 2004  Matsushita Denko Impulse (W 26-7) Ritsumeikan University Panthers,  at Tokyo Dome  28,000 (1/3/05)
Rice Bowl 23 2005  Obic Seagulls (W 47-17) Hosei University Tomahawks,  at Tokyo Dome  28,041 (1/3/06)
Rice Bowl 24 2006  Onard Skylarks (W 30-29) Hosei University Tomahawks,  at Tokyo Dome  32,598 (1/3/07)
Rice Bowl 25 2007  Matsushita Denko Impulse (W 52-38) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters,  at Tokyo Dome  34,487 (1/3/08)
Rice Bowl 26 2008  Ritsumeikan University Panthers (W 17-13) Panasonic Denko Impulse,  at Tokyo Dome  34,655 (1/3/09)
Rice Bowl 27 2009  Kajima Deers (W 19-16) Kansai University Kaisers,  at Tokyo Dome  35,742 (1/3/10)
Rice Bowl 28 2010  Obic Seagulls (W 24-0) Ritsumeikan University Panthers,  at Tokyo Dome  35,750 (1/3/2011)
Rice Bowl 29 2011  Obic Seagulls (W 38-28) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters,  at Tokyo Dome  25,059 (1/3/2012)
Rice Bowl 30 2012  Obic Seagulls (W 21-15) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters,  at Tokyo Dome   (1/3/2013)
Rice Bowl 31 2013  Obic Seagulls (W 34-16) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters,  at Tokyo Dome   (1/3/2014)
Rice Bowl 32 2014  Fukitsu Frontiers (W 33-24) Kwansei Gakuin University Fighters,  at Tokyo Dome   (1/3/2015)

Notes:
  The Company League was founded 1981.
  Renamed the X League in 1996. There are four divisions.
  In 1987, the Tokyo Super Bowl began, as the league's championship game.
  The National Football League (N.F.L.) claimed copyright violation of the name “Super Bowl”.
  In 2003, the name of the game was changed to Japan X Bowl.
  The Rice Bowl had been a post-season College All-Star game since 1947.
  Since 1983, the Rice Bowl is the final game between the college champion (Koshien Bowl winner) and the champion club team (From 1987, the Tokyo Super Bowl victor, X Bowl winner from 2003). Usually played on January 3rd.
  The Japan American Football Association oversees football in Japan & organizes the yearly Rice Bowl.
Japan American Football Association (JAFA) logo.
  There is also a post-season Rice Bowl in the Czech Republic lower level 7-man American football league, the A7 Series.
  For the NAIA Rice Bowl in Stuttgart, Arkansas (1957-60) go here!
  The Grantland Rice Bowl has been an NCAA postseason playoff game since 1964. Go here for the bowl game records.
  The Leicestershire & Rutland School & Football Association has a Rice Bowl (The Montague John Rice Trophy) soccer championship since 1934-35,

See the German Japan Bowl!!!

See the U.S. Armed Forces Bowl Games in Japan for the service football Rice Bowl records.

See the U,S, Armed Forces Bowl Games in China for the Rice Bowls played in China.

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