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Sports in Japan


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Sports in Japan

  1. 1. Sports in Japan By: Jim LaHart
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>The reason I choose sports in japan is because I am a big fan of sports and I am interested in seeing what sports are popular in Japan </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sumo Wrestling <ul><li>Sumo Wrestling is a popular sport that dates back many thousands of years.   </li></ul><ul><li>Oldest of Japan’s martial arts. </li></ul><ul><li>Also involved into the most distinct and ritualistic </li></ul><ul><li>Heavily centered around the Shinto religion </li></ul><ul><li>Was first introduced 1500 years ago it was performed mostly to ensure good harvests </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>In the past, Matches were usually brutal because the loser was expected to forfeit their life </li></ul><ul><li>Only the samurai, or warrior class, were allowed to practice it as part of their military training.   </li></ul><ul><li>Was at one time, dubbed the Imperial sport. </li></ul><ul><li>Sumo matches are fought in a “dohyo” </li></ul><ul><li>A “dohyo” is a raised and sanctified platform constructed with clay and sand and onto which a 14 foot 10 inch circle is marked out using half buried straw bales </li></ul>More facts on Sumo Wrestling
  5. 5. <ul><li>A Sumo wrestler’s ranking depends solely on the number of matches he wins during official tournaments </li></ul><ul><li>The training regimen for Sumo wrestlers is strict and rigorous and is generally supervised by retired Rikishi or competitor </li></ul><ul><li>There are numerous Sumo schools in Japan </li></ul><ul><li>The schools teach rules, etiquette, basic techniques and the history of Sumo </li></ul><ul><li>health problems have plagued sumo wrestlers for decades from the rapid and excessive weight gain </li></ul>Even more facts on Sumo Wrestling
  6. 6. <ul><li>Baseball is one of Japan’s most popular sport </li></ul><ul><li>Many Japanese baseball players go from the Japanese baseball leagues to the Major leagues in the United States </li></ul><ul><li>There are two leagues in the Japan </li></ul><ul><li>One is the Pacific league and the other is the Central League </li></ul><ul><li>Japan is also one of the best teams in International play winning both the past two World baseball Classic </li></ul>Baseball
  7. 7. <ul><li>Many famous baseball players in Japan include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daisuke Matsuzaka- Became a superstar already as a high school baseball player </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hideki Matsui- Nicknamed &quot;Godzilla“ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hideo Nomo- Named National League Rookie of the Year in 1995 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ichiro Suzuki- Has won the batting title 7 years in a row </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Masanori Murakami- The first Japanese to play in the US Major Leagues </li></ul></ul>Famous Baseball Players
  8. 8. <ul><li>Japan was the host of the 2008 Summer Olympics </li></ul><ul><li>Japan qualified four archers (two men and two women) </li></ul><ul><li>Japan has not yet won an Olympic gold medal in archery </li></ul><ul><li>its best results are a pair of silver medals </li></ul><ul><li>Takaharu Furukawa, Ryuichi Moriya, Nami Hayakawa, Sayoko Kitabatake, and Yuki Hayashi were the archers who earned the qualification spots for Japan. </li></ul>The Olympics in Japan
  9. 9. <ul><li>Japan qualified two boxers for the Olympic boxing tournament </li></ul><ul><li>Japan received 26 total medals overall </li></ul><ul><li>9 of those were gold, 6 were silver and 11 bronze </li></ul><ul><li>They had 332 competitors in 31 different events </li></ul><ul><li>The flag bearer for the opening ceremony was Ai Fukuhara </li></ul>2008 Olympics in Japan
  10. 10. <ul><li>I was really fascinated by all the sports in Japan and one day I’d like to visit Japan. </li></ul>Conclusion