徳島 英会話教室 

School Sports in Japan

This past weekend I attended the Tokushima prefectural JHS basketball tournament, where my school’s boys team competed in the semi-finals. Hachiman JHS is a local powerhouse when it comes to JHS basketball in Tokushima. Last year, the boys team were the prefectural champions.

Unlike in the US where there are seasonal sports, students in Japan often devote the better part of their youth to one sport. It’s commonly known back home that football is a fall sport, basketball is played in the winter and baseball in the spring. However for Japanese students, only one sport is participated in all year round, or one after school activity for that matter. In Japan, almost all students belong to an after school club activity, which include not only sports, but martial arts and music. These after school activities take place year round and the practices are taken quite seriously.

As for this year’s Hachiman boy’s basketball team, they lost their semi-final match up and finished third in the tournament. Not to worry though, because this is only one of the many city and prefectural tournaments played during the course of the school year. For third year JHS students on the basketball team, this tournament is only preparation for June and July. In June, the Tokushima City tournament is played where the top 3 teams go on to play in the Tokushima prefectural tournament (State tournament of sort) in July. The Tokushima prefectural champions are then invited to the Japan national JHS championships. Soon after the national championships, the second year students take over the reigns, while the third year students focus on their high school entrance examinations.

One response

  1. iku

    Hi, I like your space! You are such a great photographer. Seems like you are enjoying staying in Japan, experiencing many Japanese culture and visiting beautiful sites. I\’m a bit jealous! Living in Hokkaido, I love it here and it\’s such a lovely place, but I do miss the old temples and houses roofed with kawara in the mainland. Sakura is more beautiful there. I also pay attention to Tibetan problems. As a Japanese young generation, I\’m really sad and angry about what Japan did in the past, and personally I\’m not for the new history textbook that Chinese people are protesting against. However, I always wonder if Chinese people write about what they do against the Tibetans in their own textbook. What Japan did in the past is never forgivable, but when it comes to Tibetan problems, it\’s on going! We are losing one of the most sophisticated beautiful culture and people, but the world is not paying enough attention or making the best effort to avoid it. They might invade Taiwan in the future as well… and no country seems to stop it. What a bright future for Asia… but I hope for the better future for the Tibetans and the best comfort for the peolple who lost their loved ones.

    May 22, 2005 at 7:37 am

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