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150 Years Since the Start of Modern Horse Racing in Japan! So Many Fans Are Fascinated by the Tradition and Spirit of the Competitive Sport!History Sports
A Look Into Modern Horse Racing This video, titled "Modern Horse Racing 150th Anniversary Promotional Video" (近代競馬150周年プロモーションビデオ), was created by the "National Association of Racing Channel [Official]" (地方競馬チャンネル【公式】) and it introduces the history of modern horse racing in Japan. It contains fascinating content such as the generation change of Jockeys, and the transition of race-tracks. This article is not only for horse racing fans but also those who do not know much about horse racing. It will talk about the history and how exciting horse racing is throughout the video. Japan's Modern Horse Racing Which Manages to Entertain So Many People Source :YouTube screenshot Modern horse racing attracts the attention of many fans. Based on set rules, horses race on a race-track. The origin of Japanese horse racing is recognizably European format that was organized by a group of British residents who were settled in Yokohama. Throughout the long history of modern horse racing, "Fukuyama Race Track," former "Kogane Race Track," and "Kawasaki Race Track," were made and brought many memories of unforgettable races for fans. The video shows these race tracks at 1:04. "Deep Impact" is one of the most famous horses which possessed an undefeated record. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2019. "Duramente" completed the first two wins at Japan Derby. These two horses are the most famous horses in Japan. Tickets for the memorial for Deep Impact were quickly sold out. This video is based on the 150 year-long history of horse racing, in which the passion towards it has been passed on from one generation to the next. Check the video at 0:45 to meet jockeys, the mother horse “S1spector,” and her child “S1prince.” The History of Modern Horse Racing Photo：Horse racing It is said that modern horse racing started in England, and the foundation for horse racing was built there. The official rules of modern horse racing were implemented in England in 16th century, and by the 17th century, modern horse racing had spread to France and Ireland, and as far as Germany and Italy by the 19th century. Modern horse racing has entertained citizens in various countries throughout its long history. Several different ways to enjoy horse racing, including simply watching the race, are, betting money and rooting for your favorite jockeys. In japan, Yutaka Take, Yuichi Fukunaga, Norihiro Yokoyama, and Nanako Fujita are the most popular jockeys. There is a lot of drama in modern horse racing and you will be thrilled to watch the races. Enjoying Modern Horse Racing Photo：Ban'ei Horse racing The common race type in Japan is a jockey riding the horse on a leveled flat surface. This is called "Flat racing." However, there are some unique types in different countries. For example, "Harness racing" is a style in which jockeys ride chariots and horses pull the vehicle. This style is not implemented in Japan, but it is quite popular in some countries. "Ban'ei horse racing" is from Obihiro, Hokkaido. It's a style in which horses pull heavy iron sleds. Enjoy a thrilling race, as the iron sleds weigh a max of 1 ton. Check out the video at 2:08 to see how fascinating Ban'ei horse racing is. "Hurdle horse racing" is also a popular modern horse racing style. "G1 Races," the highest grade of horse racing in Japan, includes "Yasuda Kinen," "Takarazuka Kinen," "Kikuka sho," "Tenno sho," and "Arima kinen." Seeing each horse's dedication to making it to the finish line causes the audience to waver between hope, despair, and cheering. Summary of Modern Horse Racing Photo：Horse racing The video "Modern Horse Racing 150th Anniversary Promotional Video" was created by "National Association of Racing Channel [Official]" and it introduces the history of modern horse racing. It shows the transition of race tracks and thrilling horse racing. It is a must-see video for those who loves horse racing. This video concludes by saying, "There are things that are passed down from generation to generation, never changing. This is why horse racing continues." 【Official Website】National Horse Racing Information Website https://www.goracing.jp/english/
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Kei Nishikori, One of the World's Top Tennis Players, Is Now a Samurai! His World Class Tennis Skills Shine Even When Swapping His Racket for a Sword!Celebrities Sports
Kei Nishikori's Nissin Cup Noodle TV Commercial This video, "Nissin Cup Noodle TV commercial Kei Nishikori- The Arena Specialist" is a TV commercial that was broadcast in 2015. In the advertisement video, professional tennis player Kei Nishikori is dressed as a Samurai, defeating his opponent with his amazing tennis skills while using a wooden sword instead of a racket. It's amazing what professional tennis players can do! The Nissin Cup Noodle TV commercial Source :vimeo screenshot The commercial starts with Kei Nishikori on a boat in the New York sea with the Statue of Liberty in the background. It's as if Musashi Miyamoto is heading to the decisive battle on Ganryu Island (巌流島, Ganryu-Jima), where he'll battle against Kojiro Sasaki. The place he arrived with wearing Kimono and headband, having only a wooden sword, is a tennis stadium. He arrives at an indoor tennis stadium wearing a Kimono, headband, and while having only a wooden sword. You can watch this scene at 0:13 in the video. As the game starts, he easily swats back the fierce attack of the opponent, one ball after another, all with a wooden sword. The scene, which can be seen from 0:28 is not CG either, he's actually playign tennis with a wooden sword. And starting from 0:48 in the video, the highlight of this video, we see Kei Nishikori’s signature technique, “Air-Kei,” as he lands an explosive volley! The super aerial shot has a tremendous force that doesn't fade even when using a wooden sword instead of his racket. The final signature on the camera is also done in a brush strokes, creating a lasting impression. This decisive battle scene was shot in the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn, and his opponent is British tennis player Dan Cochran, the finalist of the NCAA (The National Collegiate Athletic Association) championships. Who Is Kei Nishikori? Source :vimeo screenshot Kei Nishikori is a professional tennis player born in 1989 in Matsue City (松江市, Matsue-Shi), Shimane Prefecture (島根県, Shimane-Ken), in Japan's Chugoku Region. He's 178 cm (5.8 ft.) tall, weighs 75 kg (165 lbs), and became a professional player in 2007, at the age of 17. At the age of 18, he won the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, became only the second Japanese men's singles champion on the tour in history, after Shuzo Matsuoka. In 2016, he became a men’s tennis singles bronze medalist at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and received the first medal in 96 years as a Japanese player in tennis competitions. In 2019, he won the Brisbane International for the first time in 3 years, and ranked 28th on the “World Fame 100” that same year. ◆Kei Nishikori: Career Standings and Results◆ 2014 Japan Open Champion 2014 US Open Runner-up 2015 Barcelona Open Champion (2 consecutive victories) 2016 Memphis Open Champion (4 consecutive victories) 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics Bronze medal 2018 Monte Carlo Masters Runner-up He brings good news to Japan with his outstanding record among Japanese athletes active on the world stage. In the four major tournaments held by the International Tennis Federation (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon Championship, and US Open), his runner-up placement at the 2014 US Open is his highest ranking. What is Nissin Cup Noodles? Photo：Cup noodles Nissin Foods' Cup Noodles, was born in 1971 as the first cup noodle in the world. It was launched in more than 80 countries around the world, and in 2016, the total number of meals sold worldwide exceeded 40 billion. It's also a popular souvenir for visitors to Japan, especially in the Philippines, where "Seafood Noodles" have become very popular. In addition to the original soy sauce cup noodles, various types are sold, such as “Seafood noodles,” “Cup noodles Curry,” “Cup noodles Chili Tomato noodles,” “Cup noodles Shio (salt),” and “Cup noodles milk seafood noodles.” In Ikeda city (池田市, Ikeda-Shi), Osaka Prefecture (大阪府, Osaka-Fu), in Japan's Kansai Region, and in Yokohama City (横浜市, Yokohama-Shi), Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県, Kanagawa-Ken), in Japan's Kanto Region, there are the Momofuku Ando Memorial Museum (a cup noodle museum). In the past, famous people such as Masatoshi Nagase, Takuya Kimura, and groups like AKB48 appeared in TV commercials for Nissin Foods’ cup ramen, and it was a pretty hot topic on social media. In 2019, a commercial was collaborated with "ONE PIECE," a popular manga/anime series worldwide. Summary of Kei Nishikori's Nissin Cup Noodle TV Commercial Source :vimeo screenshot Be sure to watch this commercial, as it showcases the amazing skills of top class Japanese athlete Kei Nishikori! Kei Nishikori, along with other world-class tennis players like Naomi Osaka, will continue to bring excitement to the Japanese tennis scene! 【Official Website】Cup Noodles Museum, Yokohama https://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/en/yokohama/ 【Official Website】Cup Noodles Museum Ikeda, Osaka https://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/en/osaka_ikeda/
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Flying Through the Mountain Pass! Experience Longboarding in Niigata Yuzawa, a Popular Spot for Longboarding Enthusiasts!Things to Do Sports
This video, titled "[Niigata] Yuzawa Longboarding" (「新潟」湯沢ロングスケートボード), was released by "Downhill Baka" (ダウンヒルバカ). There are many different kinds of skateboarding events. One of them is downhill longboarding. In this event, longboarders compete for the best time down the mountain pass. The average speed down the mountain pass is between 60 to 70 km/h. At the fastest points, riders can reach up to 90 km/h. The number of people who love skateboarding is still small in Japan, but those who do skate, love the sport. The video shows longboarding in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture. Check out the video to see how fast they go down a long downhill slope on their longboards.
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The First Japanese Professional Parkour Athlete Nailing It With His Awesome Skills! A Look at the New Sport Expected to Join the Olympics in 2020!Celebrities Sports
This video, titled "Story of ZEN, Japanese professional Parkour athlete - His adventure in LA - | ATHLETICO JAPAN #2," was released by "GQ JAPAN." Parkour, as you can see in this video, is a new sport that involves running, jumping, and climbing over obstacles in the city. It's expected to become an official sport at the 2024 Olympics in Paris. ZEN, featured in the video, became the first Japanese professional parkour athlete at the age of 19 and became the first Asian to win the All American Championship in 2015. Watch as ZEN, the parkour guru, talks about the appeal of parkour!
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Take a Trip to Hokkaido's Northern Region, One of Japan's Most Popular Tourist Spots! The Area Around Asahikawa City in Hokkaido Is Full Of Activities, Including Skiing, Curling, and the Fantastical Sounkyo Onsen Ice Fall Festival!Things to Do Sports
Let's watch a sightseeing video of Northern Hokkaido! This time, we'll be taking a look at the video "'Welcome to DOHOKU Winter,' a PR Video for Northern Hokkaido" (道北地域プロモーション動画「Welcome to DOHOKU Winter」), released by "Asahikawa City Hall." Asahikawa, Nayoro, Shibetsu, and other parts of north central Hokkaido are areas where temperatures can drop to minus 20 degrees Celsius in winter. Despite this, many people visit the northern area of Hokkaido to enjoy sightseeing unique to the harsh winter season. Asahikawa and the Northern Hokkaido Region Photo：Wolves at Asahiyama Zoo, Hokkaido, Japan Asahikawa, Hokkaido is a core city that boasts the second largest population in Hokkaido after Sapporo City. The city is characterized by a large difference in temperature, with an annual difference of more than 50 degrees Celsius. In addition to Asahikawa's popular Asahiyama Zoo, there are spots such as Ueno Farm and the Arashiyama Observatory in the Northern Hokkaido region. Be sure to check out the Nayoro Observatory Kitasubaru, Kamui Kotan, and the Ayako Miura Memorial Literature Museum. For shopping, we recommend the convenient "AEON MALL Asahikawa Ekimae," which is directly connected to the glass-faced station building. There is also an entertainment district called "Sanroku-gai" in Northern Hokkaido. Activities To Enjoy in Northern Hokkaido Photo：Curling As you can see from 0:36 in the video, there are not only ski resorts where you can going skiing and snowboarding, but also places where you can experience curling in Northern Hokkaido. In the snowy mountains where you can enjoy the scenery of nature, you can see owls and the Japanese serow, as shown from 2:40. At Hyobaku Shrine in the Sounkyo Visitor Center area of Daisetsuzan National Park, the "Sounkyo Onsen Hyobaku Festival" is held in winter and is usually bustling with visitors. In Furano, you can enjoy a walk through the flower fields and a paraglider sky walk tour in the summer. Enjoy the Delicious Food of Northern Hokkaido, Shown in the Video Photo：Asahikawa Ramen, Hokkaido In the northern Hokkaido area, you will want to enjoy the delicious local delicacies from the sea and the mountains. Enjoy Jingisukan (a Japanese grilled mutton dish) that can be eaten at "Yagitsukai-no-Ie," Asahikawa Ramen at "Asahikawa Ramen-Mura," and coffee at "Coffee Mori-no-Tokei". you can also enjoy exquisite sake at the Otokoyama Sake Brewing Museum. Summary of the Northern Area of Hokkaido Photo：Snowboarding This time, we introduced the charming Northern Hokkaido area. Because Hokkaido is very large, we recommend using Asahikawa Airport for transportation to northern Hokkaido, including places like Asahikawa. There are many hotels and hot spring inns in the Northern Hokkaido area, including Hoshino Resorts, where you can enjoy a luxurious stay, so we recommend making reservation before your trip!
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Enjoy Skiing and Snowboarding at Norn Minakami Ski Resort via Video. Beautiful Scenery and a Look at the Exciting Ski Resort in Gunma, Japan!Things to Do Travel Sports
Norn Minakami Ski Resort: Video Introduction This video, titled "[Norn Minakami Ski Resort] 2017-2018 Seasonal PV" (【ノルン水上スキー場】2017-2018シーズン PV), was uploaded by "Norn Minakami Ski Resort." Only an hour-and-a-half drive from the city and you'll arrive at Norn Minakami Ski Resort in Tone, Gunma, in Japan's Kanto region. You can see Mt. Nikko-Shirane and Mt. Hotaka, which are both one of the Top 100 Mountains of Japan. You can also enjoy not only skiing, but beautiful views as well! The ski resort has even hosted an illumination event called Spring Flower Garden during Golden Week. In this article, we'll introduce Norn Minakami Ski Resort, including activities to enjoy at this popular winter destination. More About Norn Minakami Ski Resort, Home to Snowland, an Attraction Popular With Kids Photo：A child skiing Norn Minakami Ski Resort is a ski area located in Tone, Gunma. It's close to the city, and is also open until late at night for night skiing. In winter, this place is quite popular for its snow-related activities! Norn Minakami Ski Resort was built late into Japan's bubble economy, and it features an efficient arrangement of ski slopes and gondolas. There are 5 ski slopes, and all of them lead to the main lodge. Some courses are for beginners, and others are for advanced skiers, so anyone can enjoy skiing here. [Video] 0:24 - People Enjoying Snowboarding on the Ski Slopes Crepes & Other Delicious Food at Morn Minakami Ski Resort Photo：Making a crepe You can also expect great facilities outside of the slopes at Norn Minakami Ski Resort. There's also a shop where you can rent equipment for skiing and snowboarding. There are a variety of places serving delicious food where you can grab a bite for lunch as well. Norn Burger serves tasty hamburgers using locally made tofu patties. Fuji Men (富士麺, "Fuji Noodles") is popular for its thick shoyu ramen noodles that warm you up, and the rooftop terrace offers a trendy jerk chicken plate that you wouldn't expect to find at a ski resort. Check out the video to see the mouthwatering crepes and strawberry sweets offered at the ski resort. If you've got a sweet tooth, be careful because these things are irresistible after a long day of skiing and snowboarding! [Video] 1:10 - Delicious Looking Crepes If you're searching for some souvenirs, there's also a gift shop. Or if you forgot something at home and need it to enjoy the snow, there's a sports shop where you can buy whatever you need. Enjoy Sledding and Snow Tubing at Snowland! Photo：Sledding Snow Land is a fun place for both children and adults alike. First is the sledding area, which features a 40-meter-long snow escalator that makes climbing the hill a breeze! You'll want to slide down it over and over again! On the other side of the sledding area are snow striders and snow bikes. Both are available for 500 yen per 30 minutes. In addition, a new tubing course has been added this season. Snow tubing is an exhilarating experience for both children and adults! Snow tubing is also available for 500 yen per 30 minutes. Norn Minakami Ski Resort also features picturesque scenery, with views of some of Japan's Top 100 Mountains, such as Mt. Hotaka, Mt. Shibutsu, Mt. Nikko-Shirane, Mt. Akagi, Mt. Asama. Be sure to take photos of this amazing scenery. Norn Minakami Ski Resort – Additional Information for the Ski Resort! Photo：The shinkansen at Jomo-kogen Station Opening hours for Norn Minakami Ski Resort vary by season, so be sure to check the official website for the latest information. On some Fridays and Saturdays, the resort is open until midnight, so make sure to check the website if you're looking to enjoy evening activities. Norn Minakami Ski Resort is approximately 3 kilometers from the Minakami Interchange by car on the Kanetsu Express Way. A free parking area is available as well. There's also a free shuttle bus from Minakami Station via the Joetsu Line and from Jomo-kogen Station via the Joetsu Shinkansen Line. It can cost upwards of 4,700 yen to use a taxi, so we recommend using the free shuttle buses if you come by train. There are many ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) and resort hotels near Norn Minakami Ski Resort that we recommend staying at. For example, "Omine-kan" (大峰館), "Minakami Hotel Juraku," "Minakamikan," "Oyado Matsubaya," "Matsunoi" (松の井) "KKR Minakami Suimei-so" (KKR水上水明荘) "Daikoku-kan" (pet friendly), "Pension Be" (ペンションBe). Relax in a hot spring and enjoy luxurious dishes after a long day of skiing and snowboarding! Summary of Norn Minakami Ski Resort Norn Minakami Ski Resort features ski slopes that both beginners and advanced skiers can enjoy, and it's close to the city. There are shops and restaurants quality dishes, so you can enjoy more than just skiing or snowboarding. Norn Minakami Ski Resort is actually a compact ski resort, and so Snow Land is only a small portion of the resort, but it's fun enough for small children and adults. Maybe check it out on a weekend trip! 【Official Website】Norn Minakami Ski Resort 【TripAdvisor】Norn Minakami Ski Resort
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