Undokai (運動会) in Japan is known as “Sports Day” in English. Not to be confused with the October 10th holiday, sports days are held at nearly every Japanese public school (especially lower levels). Classes are divided into teams which compete in a variety of physical events including a tug-of-war, relay races, and other fun events. Many undokai include a parade and a performance from the school band. Undokai usually take place on a weekend and is considered a family event, with many families joining in to cheer for the teams and enjoy a picnic lunch together. Undokai is a way schools foster teamwork and school spirit in their students.

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