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Yoko Kono

Olympics: Shonan the birthplace of Japan's modern surf culture

23 Jul 2019

ENOSHIMA, Japan Surfing makes its Olympic debut next year at Chiba’s Ichinomiya beach but for many Japanese it is the Shonan coast, 50 kilometres south of Tokyo, that is regarded as the birthplace of the country’s modern surf culture. | Video

Australia can surprise everyone at World Cup - McCaw

18 Jul 2019

TOKYO Australia have the potential to cause yet another Rugby World Cup surprise later this year in Japan, according to former New Zealand captain Richie McCaw.

Rugby-Australia can surprise everyone at World Cup - McCaw

18 Jul 2019

TOKYO, July 18 Australia have the potential to cause yet another Rugby World Cup surprise later this year in Japan, according to former New Zealand captain Richie McCaw.

Webb Ellis Trophy blessed at temple in Kyoto before tour of Japan

17 Jun 2019

KYOTO, Japan The Webb Ellis Rugby World Cup trophy was blessed by Shinto monks during a ceremony in Japan's former capital of Kyoto on Monday before the trophy embarks on a tour of the country ahead of the tournament, starting in September.

FEATURE-Rugby-Want beer at the World Cup? Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters

11 Jun 2019

TOKYO, June 11 Beer vendors are a common sight at Japanese baseball games as they hurry up and down the terraces with sloshing containers strapped to their backs, and rugby fans will also be able to enjoy a taste of the country's unique sports viewing culture in September when the 'uriko' are unleashed at the World Cup.

Blood, sweat but no tears in Japan's office chair grand prix

09 Jun 2019

HANYU, Japan The rattle of tiny plastic wheels echoed through the normally sleepy streets of Hanyu on Sunday morning as the small city 60 kilometres north of Tokyo played host to the Japan office chair 'Isu' grand prix.

Duvets discarded, cushions thrown at Japan's Pillow Fighting Championship

25 May 2019

ITO, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan The Japanese may be known for their neatness, particularly when it comes to making their bed in the morning, but all social norms went out the window on Saturday during qualifying for the All-Japan Pillow Fighting Championships in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Paralympics - Intensity, emotion and a lot of noise at sitting volleyball

24 May 2019

CHIBA CITY, Japan Sitting volleyball could be one of the most thrilling and loudest of the Paralympic disciplines at next year's Tokyo 2020 Games if events during the Sitting Volleyball Challenge tournament in Chiba on Friday are anything to go by.

Japan's sumo fans welcome Trump Trophy but wish he'd sit cross-legged

23 May 2019

TOKYO U.S. President Donald Trump can expect a warm welcome from the sumo wrestling community when he presents a custom-made "Trump Award" to the winner of the Summer Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo on May 26. | Video

Relaxed Japan hoping to peak at women's World Cup

23 May 2019

TOKYO A fun and relaxed atmosphere prevailed at Japan's training camp on Wednesday as Asako Takakura's team began their final preparations for the women's World Cup in France.

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