Ahh, sports. It brings people together, teaches endurance, and fosters teamwork. And, well, it also produces some real fine athletes for you to ogle, or Google for that matter.
Here are a few top Japanese athletes that you should look out for.
Who says tennis isn’t sexy? Kei has been on the radar since 2008, and is currently ranked 6th in the world. Currently living in Florida, USA, he keeps the dreams of Japanese tennis fans alive, by representing Japan on the national stage.
Hometown: Matsue, Shimane Prefecture.
Stats: 180 CM / 74 Kg / Born: 1989
Achievements: Ten Singles, 2014 US Open Runner Up
Flex that muscle and get that ball, Kei!
Gymnastics requires intense training, dedication, and … flexibility. Kohei has it all. with a solid Japanese fan base, as well as an increasing international faction, you can bet you will be seeing him on the poles for years to come…
Hometown: Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Stats: 160 CM / 55 Kg / Born: 1989
Achievements: 1 Olympic Gold Medal, 4 Olympic Silver Medals, 16 World Medals
Keep doing your thing, Kohei.
— Yoshinori Muto/武藤 嘉紀 (@yoshimuto18) February 11, 2016
Born and raised in Tokyo, Yoshinori played soccer through his youth and during university. Upon graduating in March 2015, he became a full-time footballer. He currently plays for Bundesliga in Germany. He is on the ones to watch list of Japanese players abroad.
Stats: 179 Cm / 67Kg / Born: 1992
Achievements: No major achievements to date. That smile is an achievement though.
Keep kicking, Yoshinori!
Tough as nails. Don’t let Koki’s small stature fool you, the kid packs a punch. He has been kicking butt and taking names since he was 14 and went up against a former division champ. He also has two younger brothers who are boxers, Daiki and Tomoki. This family clearly has some amazing genes.
Stats: 166 Cm / 54 Kg / Born: 1986
Achievements: 33 Wins (18 Knock Outs), 1 Loss.
Knock ’em out, Koki!