Last year we told you all about Osaka’s sewer swimming in our report: ‘Dive Dotonbori’(3Yen 2012Mar24).
As shown on the left, folks in Osaka Japan love to jump off the downtown Dotonbori bridge into the toxic slime of the canal to celebrate the wins of the local baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers.
Osaka takes plunge with canal pool The Japan Times | 2013/05/22
…getting roaring drunk and jumping, or falling, into Dotonbori Canal after either a Hanshin Tigers victory or a wild night out in neighboring Shinsaibashi will be less risky, healthwise…plans are moving forward to build an 800-meter-long swimming pool in the heart of the canal…the world’s largest outdoor swimming pool…more…
Friend of the 3Yen, Mulboyne reports that the new nickname for Japan’s women’s Olympic ice hockey team has been unveiled.
Amusingly for such a dentally-challenged sport as hockey, the team’s new name is “Smile Japan.”
—On the first day of the New Zealand PGA Championship Toshinori Muto of Japan tees off at The Hills Golf Club in Queenstown on Feb. 28th, 2013. The Otago Daily Times reported that Muto (34) said, the views at The Hills are completely alien to Japanese-based golfers(Otago Daily Times Online News | March 1, 2013).
On NHK-G, the General TV channel of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, had this bit of charming harassment of a child on a sumo wrestler, which was aired during the coverage of The 46th NHK Grand Sumo Charity Tournament that aired today.
The great thing about the NHK Grand Sumo Charity Tournament is that they always invite the kids (boy and girls) to challenge the sumo wrestlers—often entire gangs of kids get to attack all at once. See below.
The key question is: Would you dare to spank this?↓
Female wrestlers say Japan’s national judo team was beaten by coach japandailypress.com / January 31, 2013
The All Japan Judo Federation released a statement this week confirming that national team head coach Ryuji Sonoda physically abused his female wrestlers prior to last summer’s London Olympics…15 female judo wrestlers sent a letter of complaint to the Japanese Olympic Committee in December detailing their harassment and abuse…more…
Ok, ok, ok, the All Japan Judo Federation apologizes for its head coach and coaching staff harassing and physically abusing its top female athletes. This is a bit weird because judo coaches always physically abuse their male athletes—It’s a tradition (and a real shock the first time my Japanese coach wailed on me and the rest of the students with a bokkan/wooden sword occasionally drawing blood).
Although it looks like they’re enjoying extreme air buttsex and winning a silver medal for their effort…
…Fuka Tatsumi and Yuka Mabuchi of Japan are shown above diving in the women’s three-meter synchronized springboard final, at the Ninth Asian swimming championship in Dubai, UAE. ~ AP Photo | Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012
In 2010, I reported about Japanese guy, Kenichi Ito, who holds the Guinness record for the world’s fastest human at running on all fours in ‘Shibuya monkey’ running (3Yen / 2010-05-03).
Ito has now broken his own record for the fastest 100 meter run on all fours with a time of of 17.47 seconds. Kenichi trains on all fours running the streets of Tokyo everyday using a running style, which he claims is based on his studies of monkeys.
…Newest sexy CONCRETE! The above design proposal by Zaha Hadid Architects is for Japan’s new national stadium. It is one of the 11 shortlisted candidates for the new facility “needed*” for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The 11 Shortlisted Designs For Japan’s New National Stadium Architizer Blog | 2012 Oct 30
Japan’s new national stadium is one step closer to finding a designer. Eleven practices, including Olympic stadium designers Zaha Hadid and Populous, have been shortlisted for the competition to design the new stadium. The brief called for an 80,000-seat stadium that must be completed in time to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup…more…
*”Needed” or rather unneeded is the key word here since Japan has dozens of brand-new, unused, world-class, soccer (football) stadiums in addition to the existing Imperial Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium (Wikipedia) that was completely remodeled for the fifth Rugby World Cup in 2003 and has a capacity 27,188.