May 30, 2011 Leave a Comment
Sports day is an annual event at Japanese schools, and students are split into teams and compete against each other in a variety of events.
Today is the first practice I have witnessed, and it consisted of dancing, marching, panel working, singing and formation walking. What a day!
Here is a short video of the entrance ceremony which gives you a view of the courtyard and some marching. Sorry for the shakiness and the part at the end where I cut off after a bug falls on me.
Japanese children practice this kind of marching every year for sports days and other ceremonies, and apparently the Japanese Olympic team has received criticism for their ‘military’ style marching in the opening ceremonies. So much so that the team is apparently reminded every year to walk ‘more casually’.