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Sports in Japanese

 Let’s talk about Sports in Japanese


For today’s blog, let’s talk about sports. I am not a sporty person, but I know how to play some sports. I can play volleyball and badminton. I can also play basketball and table tennis. I also love playing chess when I was a kid though I am not good at it.

Anyway, Sports in Japanese is  read as Supo-tsu.

Sports Day or (Supo-tsu no hi) is a National Holiday in Japan held every Second Monday of October. Every school in Japan holds an annual Field day orうんどうかい (運動) read as Undou Kai during Sports day.

Sumo () is the National sport of Japan while Baseball is one of the most popular foreign sports.

 Let’s check my favorite sports:







Bare- bo-ru



Basuketto bo-ru

* Japanese Chess

しょ (将棋)


Table Tennis

っきゅ (卓球 )


** Softball

きゅ (野球)

Sofuto bo-ru

Figure Skating


Figyua Suke-to


(水泳 )



**** Japanese Archery

きゅ (弓道)




I don’t usually follow any Teams, whether it is local or international as I get older because I’ve been busy stressing myself with work. Oops! But anyway, when Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant were on the same team (no drama yet), for me they were the best duo, I always skip classes just to watch the playoffs. That’s how I fell in love with Kobe and became a fan. Of course, Michael Jordan is a legend. I grew up watching him play.

* Japanese Chess, しょうぎ (将棋), is different from the game Chess I played when I was young. I only included it in the list so that everyone will know what Japanese chess is.
** I included Softball (ソフトボール) in the list under Baseball even though the two sports are different. I love baseball but I only play softball.   
*** Figure skating can be written either スケート or フィギュアスケート.
**** Japanese Archery originated during Feudal Japan. The Kyuudou bows are large, long, and asymmetrical compared to the western Archery.  

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