Sunday, October 12, 2014

It's National Sports Day and the entire community is out

Japan is famous for having many interesting national holidays and today is the chance to celebrate National Health and Sports Day (Taiiku no hi). Which is actually tomorrow but that's not part of the story. This particular holiday was introduced two years after the Tokyo Olympics as a way to promote health, sports and general good welfare. But equally as important it's a way to bring a community together.

Today (a Sunday), the local high school opened it's gates and welcomed everyone in. Hundreds of people came, young and old, in all representing eighteen local locals. And it being a national event, the sports weren't just for the children. And although we didn't win, I enjoyed a three legged football game even if they did try to categorise me as "over 50". Which I'm not. Really I'm not...

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