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….


Archery is a millenniums-old skill in Japan, mainly as a hunting and warfare skill, but it is still a fairly popular sport in modern Japan. When the rifle arrived in Japan with the Portuguese in the 1600’s, the decline of the bow and arrow as weapons of war came swiftly. It was Zen Buddhism that saved…