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Ganbare at Undoukai: A peek at a Sports Day Festival in Japanese Schools

In kindergartens, elementary schools and junior high schools in Japan, Sports Festival or Undokai(運動会) in Japanese, is usually held on Saturdays or Sundays in spring (May-June) or autumn (September-October). Students and teachers do a lot of preparation for this school-based community-wide event and spend several weeks practicing to make it a successful and fun day…

Love Running Marathons? 5 Tips on How to Plan a ‘Runcation’ in Japan

Food, cherry blossoms, nature, culture, technology, history – these are just some of the many reasons to visit Japan. But consider this reason for your next trip to the Land of the Rising Sun: to join a marathon. With its ideal weather, stellar organization, exciting race expos, and the festive-like atmosphere of race day, participating…

Experience the Bloodless Bullfights in Okinawa!

Have you ever seen a bullfight with no matador and no weapons? Well, this is possible in Japan’s southern island of Okinawa. There are around 40 bullfighting tournaments held every year which attract thousands of visitors around the world. However, don’t be misled as bullfights in Okinawa do not create bloodshed but simply a fight…

5 Famous Japanese Footballers Playing Abroad

The Samurai Blue are one of the strongest teams in Asia, having won the AFC Asian Cup four times, and always progressing to at least the group stage level of FIFA World Cup since 1998. Majority of the Japanese national team members play in the J-League but slowly and steadily the trend of playing abroad…

Football Lovers Check Out a Live Kyoto Sanga Game!

Even though baseball is considered the national sport of Japan, football (or soccer) is also very popular. Surprisingly, most Japanese football supporters, usually follow a team from abroad in the big leagues, such as the Premier league in the United Kingdom or La Liga in Spain. As well as supporting teams from abroad, the way…

Kasagake in Kyoto – Samurai Mounted Archery Festival

Every year in September at Kyoto’s Kamigamo shrine you can see the Kasagake festival. It’s a rare chance to see some this form of traditional Japanese mounted archery practised by the samurai which dates back some 800 years.   wikipedia.org/ The festival starts at 1pm but it’s best to arrive a little early if you…

A Beginner’s Guide to Bouldering Around Tokyo

What is Bouldering jp.fotolia.com/ For those who are unfamiliar, bouldering is a form of rock climbing, usually on the walls shorter than 3 meters, and the climbers do not need any ropes or harnesses. I am a novice climber and I admire people who boulder because it requires not only lots of strength but also…

Yuichiro Miura, the Godfather of Ski and Mountain Climbing

At the age of 81, Mr. Yuichiro Miura (三浦雄一郎), a Japanese climber, has touched the summit of the highest mountain in the world, the Mt. Everest, in Nepal. He is the oldest alpinist in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records. But this is not his first time to climb Mt. Everest.…