体育の日(taiikunohi): health and sports day

Hari ini adalah cuti umum sempena hari sukan yang disambut dari tadika sehingga ke sekolah menengah. Mulanya adalah untuk memperingati hari sukan olimpik yang telah diadakan di Tokyo pada tahun 1964. Selalunya orang Jepun menggunakan hari cuti ini untuk berjalan2 bersama keluarga melihat kouyou (daun bertukar ke merah dan kuning). Kami sebenarnya telah menanya Mazda Rent-a-car untuk hari ini tetapi malangnya semua kereta telah disewa dan terpaksa kami menunda ke minggu lain untuk berjalan membawa Mak Tok dan Mama setelah lebih sebulan di rumah. Mungkin akan ke ladang kiwi dan buah kaki sambil melihat kouyou.

Health and Sports Day
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Health and Sports Day (体育の日, Taiiku no hi), also known as Health-Sports Day or Sports Day, is a national holiday in Japan held annually on the second Monday in October. It commemorates the opening of the 1964 Summer Olympics being held in Tokyo, and exists to promote sports and an active lifestyle.

History and Current Practice
The first Health and Sports Day was held on October 10, 1966, two years after the 1964 Summer Olympics. October was chosen for the unusually late Summer Olympics to avoid the Japanese rainy season, and Health and Sports Day continues to be one of the fairest days of the year.

In 2000, as a result of the Happy Monday Seido, Health and Sports Day was moved to the second Monday in October.

As Health and Sports Day is a day to promote sports and physical and mental health, many schools and businesses choose this day to hold their annual Field Day (運動会, Undō-kai), or sports day. This typically consists of a range of physical events ranging from more traditional track-and-field events such as the 100 metres or 4 x 100 metres relay to more uncommon events such as the tug of war and the Mock Cavalry Battle (騎馬戦, Kiba-sen).

Most communities and school across Japan celebrate Sports Day with a sports festival which is similar to a mini Olympics. These festivals include many of the traditional track and field events, such as 4 x 100m relay, 100m sprinting, and long jump, as well as many other fun and exciting events. Some of the more colourful events include: ball toss, tug-o-war, rugby-ball dribbling races, sack races, and so on. Another common event is often simply called the “exciting relay”, which is an obstacle course relay including any number of different challenges: 3-legged races, making a stretcher with a blanket and bamboo poles and then carrying an “injured” teammate, laundry hanging, crawling on hands and knees under a net, doing cartwheels across a mat, and any number of other creative activities. As every community has different ideas and history, there are endless possibilities to the fun events you can find at your local sports festival.

The festival usually begins around 8:30 am with a parade featuring all the different teams that will be participating: it could be divided by neighbourhood, class, geographic area, or school. There is usually a local marching band providing music. Once the parade has gone around the field and lined up in the middle, the band will play the Japanese National Anthem and the Japanese flag will be raised. Local officials will make speeches welcoming everyone and wishing all the teams “good luck”. Then everyone will spread out across the grounds for group stretching (this stretching routine was developed by the government and is done daily by many Japanese people; the stretching routine music is broadcast daily on the radio and TV). Then it’s time to start the events.

Every event has prizes for the winners, usually something useful for around the house such as boxes of tissues, laundry detergent, dish soap, hand soap, saran wrap, and so on. At the end of the day everyone is usually seen walking away with a few bags of “prizes” and big smiles on their faces. Around 12:00 noon, the events will take a pause for lunch and traditional dancing. Lunch is usually a small Japanese Lunchbox including rice, fish, stewed vegetables, sushi, onigiri (rice balls) and other small and healthy Japanese treats.

As with the Olympics, the final event of the day is the 4 x 100m relay or 100m sprint. Following this, the points totals are tallied and the ending ceremony involves congratulatory speeches by local officials and the handing out of prizes to the top teams. Then it’s clean-up time and home with your pile of prizes! This is one of the nicest, community oriented festivals in Japan. If you get the chance to be in Japan in October, Sports Day is a must!

p/s: beraya ke rumah Abang Zakri dan Kak Aini

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One thought on “体育の日(taiikunohi): health and sports day

  1. lina October 14, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    wah, bestnya nak melawat ladang buah. Jauh ke dari rumah?

    yg dekat ada…yg jauh pun ada…weekend ni nak ke nikko dgn mak mertua…dan anak2 serta zah

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