sports

Do You Know The “Big Four” Horse Racecourses in Japan and Where to Find Them?

Japan is a famous destination for equestrian sports such as horse racing (“keiba” in Japanese) as it has some of the biggest venues in the world which attract thousands of visitors and punters from various countries. The Japan Racing Association (JRA) is the ultimate administrative body that manages events at the 10 biggest racecourses in…

Do You Know What the Ultimate ‘Ekiden’ or Relay Race in Japan Is?

Have you ever run long distance for days from one city to another? Do you watch relays or cross country races often? There is a Japanese term that has gotten into the English vocabulary called “ekiden (駅伝),” which was initially used to refer to stagecoaches in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Now, “ekiden”…

Enjoy Table Tennis and Delicious Food All in One at This Cafe in Tokyo!

Table tennis, also known as “ping-pong,” is one of the classic games around the world. Its popularity spread to Asian countries like Japan through the British armies who held posts in those places. In 2016, Japan’s table tennis representative, Jun Mizutani (水谷隼), made history by winning bronze in the Rio Olympics, the first Olympics table…

Find Your Olympian Sports Potential at This Prestigious University in Tokyo!

Japan is one of those countries which never ceases to showcase its talent in any major sports event. The Japanese are keen on sports such as judo, gymnastics, athletics, wrestling, ski jumping, speed skating, and others. Tokyo hosted the 1964 summer Olympics and it is all ready to host it for the second time in…

A Beginner’s Guide to the Japanese Martial Art of Kendo

Have you ever heard of kendo (剣道)? It’s a type of Japanese martial arts. A kendo player wears armor and fights with a bamboo stick called “shinai (竹刀).” By hitting your opponent in the right place with the shinai, you will gain a point. There are four parts of the body that you should aim…

Why Is Mao Asada, One of Japan’s Top Figure Skaters, Retiring at an Early Age?

Since the morning of April 10, 2017, one particular topic regarding a certain athlete’s retirement has been making its rounds on Japanese news programs. Many people were surprised with the sudden announcement that was made as Japan’s figure skating star, Mao Asada (浅田真央), decides to leave the ice rink at 26. Who is Mao Asada?…

Enjoy Chocolate and Exercise at This Unique Event in Yokohama!

Having a healthy lifestyle nowadays is something people consider a priority, compared to how it was a few years ago. Many people have realized that a healthy lifestyle leads to a much better output, not only physically, but mentally as well. One most popular way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is by taking up a…

Get to Know Japan’s Senior Citizen Cheerleading Team, Japan Pom Pom!

Cheerleading is a highly recognized physical activity around the world. In Japan, it is popularly known as a sport that requires athletic ability and physical strength. Teams are divided into males and females and they compete with routines through different levels. But did you know that cheerleading is not only common among junior high school,…

4 Things to Know About the Japanese Footballer Known As ‘The Jaguar’

Having just recently scored a backheel goal in the Rio 2016 Olympics, this 21-year-old player is set to be one of Japan’s brightest rising star in soccer. Takuma Asano Barely anyone outside of Japan has heard of the name Takuma Asano. He was a normal regular player in the J1 League up until July 2016…

Meet Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan’s Young Award-Winning Figure Skating Prince

If the ice rink is the battle arena for kingship, Japan’s 21-year old Yuzuru Hanyu (羽生結弦) will undeniably be among the top candidates for the crown. In fact, he’s already the king of the ice rink in the making! His reputation as Japan’s figure skating prince isn’t just a mere title befitting his young age…
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