【India】“Undokai (Japanese-style Sports Day) World Caravan” Project
- Time Period
- 15-21 Apr. 2017
- Sport/Programme Category
- Undokai (Japanese-style Sports Day)
- Japan Sports Communications (NPO)
- Number of Individual Beneficiaries
- 2,900 people (all Indian)
As the first chapter of “Undokai World Caravan” to promote Japanese great sports culture of Undokai, we organized and conducted Undokai (Japanese-style Sports Day) in two integrated middle-high schools in India, Kids participated were enjoying the Japanese-style sports event throughout the day.In total, 2900 students between the age of 12-18 participated in Undokai.
It was more than 40 degree Celsius outside, but they enjoyed the very Japanese-style sports day to the fullest doing “Odama-Okuri (rolling huge balls)”, “O-nawatobi (Big rope jump), “Beach Flag” “Tsunahiki (tug-of-war)” and “Relay”.
In the closing ceremony, many cultural exchanges between Japan and India happened such as having national anthem of both countries, Japan-team’s traditional festival dancing (Tokyo-Ondo) and Indian’s students traditional Indian dancing, along with having a greeting from Ambassador Hiramatsu of Japan.
Feedback from Participant :
Head master of Kendriya Vidyalaya No.2- Delhi Cantt, Mr. Kukkaru:
“It was wonderful. I was really happy to see students enjoying to take a part in all these different games and I thought this is very good for their physical health. I would love to have this every year.”.
A girl from Grade 6 answered with big smile showing full-satisfaction;
“(The big rope jump) was very difficult so we could not do it at all at the beginning. But at the end, we could with everyone in the circle. I wanted to do more.”