6R – 22/5 – The importance of sports within Japan

This year, the 2020 olympics are supposed to take place in Tokyo (Japan’s capital). As we are learning about Japan for our topic I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to learn about the role of sports within Japanese society.

I would like you to research three traditional Japanese sports, for example: Sumo, Jujitsu or Judo.

For each of your traditional sports you must look at its history, researching:

  • When was the sport created? By Whom?
  • 3 key events in it’s history
  • Is the sport still popular today, why?

I would then like you to research at least 2 sports that Japan are currently successful in. Please explain how Japan are successful in the given sport. Have they won 3 olympic gold medals in swimming etc?

You can display this information in whichever form you like, that may be a video presentation, a leaflet, or some informative paragraphs in the comments below!

There are many different sports that Japan have made an impact on that you might like to write about too! This is an independent research task but I have added some interesting videos below!

You must send in your work to y6upload@broadheath.coventry.sch.uk

14 thoughts on “6R – 22/5 – The importance of sports within Japan

  1. Sumo:
    Sumo started over 2,000 years ago around the Heian period (794-1192). It was watched as a form of entertainment. The first professional sumo event took place during the Edo period (1603-1868). The first sumo wrestler was called Nomi no Sukune who was ordered by Emperor Suinin.
    Oda Nobunaga held a tournament in February 1578 of 1,500 wrestlers. This event represents the creation of the dohyō. Additionally, the winner of the event appointed a bow and he began to dance to show the war-lord his recognition.
    During the Edo period, sumo was banned due to wild fighting on the streets. In 1684, sumo was granted to be held for charity events on the possession of Shinto shrines. The first authorised tournament took place in Tomioka Hachiman Shrine during this time period.
    The admiration for the sport was reinstated when Emperor Meiji organised a tournament in 1884. The Japan Sumo Association was formed on 28 December 1925.
    Sumo is no longer popular and has been the lowest since the Japan Sumo Association established the six-tournament system in 1958.

  2. Judo was created in Japan in 1882 by Dr Kano Jigoro; it is generally classed as a modern martial art fighting style. The sport was created as a physical and mental art. Judo is still popular today as it is a sport for all ages. It is a system of physical, intellectual and morale education. It helps to develop self control and respect is taught from the first lesson.

  3. Sumo wrestling is a worldwide known sport that involves obese people that try to get there opponent out of the ring or get them to drop to the ground. One of the most known sumo champion is the one and only Akebono. One of the key events in sumo is when Kisenaoto has changed into Yokozuna. Yokozuna was a sumo wreser from Japan but then he has changed from being a sumo wrestler he became a WWE champion weighing in at approximately 630+ pounds.

    Judo, which means “gentle way” in Japanese, is a martial art created in Japan by Jigoro Kano in 1882. It was derived from the ancient techniques of jiu-jitsu. One of the most known key events in judo is

  4. Judo is generally categorized as a modern martial art, which has now become a combat and Olympic sport. The sport was created in 1882 by Jigoro Kano as a physical and mental sport in Japan.The first edition of the world championships took place in Tokyo, Japan in 1956. Japanese judoka Shokichi Natsui became the first world champion in history, defeating Yoshihiko Yoshimatsu in the final.The second world championship was also held in Tokyo two years later, with the Japanese winning the top two spots in the competition for the second time.

  5. Sumo had started around 2000 years ago. From the Heian period which started from 794-1192. Sumo was often watched as a family form of entertainment. Sumo had greatened over many years and centuries, with the first professional sumo wrestlers appearing in the Edo period (1603-1868).

    Sumo reportedly began as a ritual in Shinto ceremonies to entertain the gods. According to one legend it was originally practiced by the gods and handed down to people 2,000 years ago.When wrestlers enter the ring they clap their hands to summon the gods.

    The popularity of Japan’s sacred sport of sumo has sunk to a new low, with just one teenager applying to join a sumo stable at the upcoming national tournament. Over the season, a mere 55 people have applied to become wrestlers, the lowest since the Japan Sumo Association established the six-tournament system in 1958.

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