Surviving Sports Festival

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In Japan, summer’s end ushers in a nationwide school tradition. Students, teachers, family, and other guests gather for a day of outdoor events known as undoukai (運動会) or sports festival. Undoukai offers something for … [Read more...]

The Evolution of Karate

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Karate stands alongside the likes of judo, kendo, and sumo as one of Japan’s most famous martial arts. However, as Karate Kid II taught us, karate was born in Okinawa. Not only that, but it was born in a time when Okinawa … [Read more...]

Tenugui: A Cloth Without Limits

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“What’s this?” I asked, unfolding the cloth my friend had handed me. It opened into a big rectangle. “It’s a present for you,” he said. “Thanks, but what’s it for?” Aside from its polka-dot pattern the cloth was … [Read more...]