Monday, May 03, 2010

Hello Japan! May mini-challenge: Japanese sports and Japanese athletes

Hello Japan!
Hello Japan! is a monthly mini-challenge focusing on Japanese literature and culture. Each month there will be a new task which relates to some aspect of life in Japan. Anyone is welcome to join in any time. You can post about the task on your blog. Or if you don't have a blog, you can leave a comment on the Hello Japan! post for the month. Everyone who completes the task will then be included in the drawing for that month's prize. For more information, just click on the Hello Japan! button above, or if you have any questions please feel free to email me at inspringthedawn AT gmail DOT com.
May's Topic

The Japanese certainly love their baseball, and sumo, to name a couple. And the news is full of reports during any international competition, like the recent Olympics, as the whole country pins their hopes on the Japanese athletes. There are of course many other Japanese traditional sports, and Japanese athletes competing around the world. So the Hello Japan! mini-challenge for May is all about sport, specifically Japanese sports, and Japanese athletes.

Our topic this month is thanks to a suggestion made by Novroz. If there is a specific topic you'd like to see as a future Hello Japan! mini-challenge, please just let me know. I always welcome your ideas.


May's Task

This month's task is to appreciate Japanese sport, and/or Japanese athletes. Your post could be about a traditional Japanese sport like sumo, judo, karate, or any of the other Japanese martial arts. Have you ever seen a sumo bout? Learned judo? How about eaten typical sumo wrestlers' food, like chanko nabe? Or you could read a book, or research some stats, about a Japanese sport, or athlete. On the other hand, your post could be about any Japanese athlete(s) regardless of the sport. There are some Japanese baseball players in the Major League, like Ichiro who plays for the Seattle Mariners, as one example. You could watch a live game, or on TV. Or otherwise get as creative as you like, as long as it has something to do with Japanese sport, or Japanese athletes.

May's Prize

One person who participates in the mini-challenge this month will be selected at random to receive sumo-inspired toy. I thought this set of spinning tops, made to look like sumo wrestlers, was very cute. The idea is to spin both of them at the same time, and one should push the other out, like in a sumo match. ;)


To be eligible for the prize, you must complete this month's mini-challenge and provide a link to your post.  If you don't have a blog, you can leave a comment with the details on this post, or email me at inspringthedawn AT gmail DOT com. You are welcome to post more than once and add the links below.  I love it when you are enthusiastic about a topic!  However, each participant will receive only one entry per month.  It doesn't matter if you've won previously, you're eligible each month that you participate.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Once you have completed the task, don't forget to come back here to add your link to the Mr. Linky below. Please submit the link to the actual post, not just to your top page, and please only submit links to posts relating to the Hello Japan! task for this month. All other links will be deleted. Thank you for your understanding.

Have fun!

The small print:  Judo image: source unknown. If you are the copyright holder, please let me know so I can credit it accordingly.


  1. yeaaa sport month :) I'll collect as many data as possible before writing bout my all time favorite riders who happen to be Japanese riders.

  2. Quite the challenge! Sports is not really my kind of topic (as you know ;) but I'm sure I'll be able to find something that fits this month's mission!

  3. My May mini-challenge submission:

    This was not hard for me. I'm a baseball fan, am aware of the Japanese players on the MLB teams (esp Fukudome on the Cubs) and would've watched the games on TV anyway, which I did yesterday, as I saw the Cubs (and Fukudome) beat the Florida Marlins (barely) yesterday.

    I remembered an Ichiro quote book that my son owns, so I got it out of his room and read it yesterday. It's called "Baseball is Just Baseball" The Understated Ichiro and was complied by David Shields. It's a small, slight book, only 120 pages with not much text on each page, but the quotes by Ichiro are priceless. They cause you to chuckle and to think.

    I learned a couple new things about Ichiro in the very short introduction. I already knew that his name means "number one son" but didn't know he was the second-born son in his family. (I wonder what his older brother thinks about that!) I also learned that he started going by his first name, because his team in Japan (the Orix Blue Wave) already had 3 players with the surname of Suzuki.

    This book was published in 2001, the year Ichiro was a rookie in the U.S. It'd be great one day to have an updated version of this book. He's still playing for the Seattle Mariners (I was lucky enough to see him play twice in 2008 when my husband and I visited Seattle and to see him reach 1800 major-league career hits) so there are years more of quotes for someone to compile!

  4. A post about an unsung hero ;)


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