Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Chiba Dodge Ball Championship Tournament

Every year we have elementary school kids' dodge ball championship tournament in summer and in spring. For summer tournament the best team in each prefecture gets a chance to participate in the national championship tournament in August. Chiba championship was held last Monday which was a national holiday in Japan.
My son's team has been one of the best in Chiba for these several years and for the last 2 years they were the summer champion in Chiba.
This year 17 teams participated and in the morning they played round-robin in 4 leagues.
The best 3 or best 4 teams could go on to the final tournament in the afternoon.
My son's teams won all the matches in A league and became the best.
They won 2 games and came to play the final match.
Only the winner could go to national tournament in August.
Our opponent team was our biggest rival for these several years in this region.
The following video is 2nd set of this final.
We won the first set but lost the 2nd set because of some questionable judgement and unfair play by the opponent team.

Anyway we won the final set and achieved the champion this year! The kids of the opponent team cried for regret but their tears didn't look beautiful at all to me after such an unfair play.

By the way my daughter's homeroom teacher was interested in some kind of bird while she was staying in Japan.
Here is a link to it's wiki page.
You can hear some varieties of their singing here which is very interesting.

Since this bird, we call uguisu in Japanese, is very common in Japan and thought that there should be similar birds everywhere in the world which was not true.

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