The Japanese take sports very seriously. They have lessons,
read books about it and get the right kit.
It costs a lot to build a golf course in Japan, and players
have to pay very high fees. Most Japanese have to make do
with practising at a driving range.
Martial arts began as a way for samurai worries to keep in
training during times of peace. The word "Judo" means "way
of gentleness."the word"Karate" means" empty hand".
Martial arts is a fighting sport. It is to do with
self-cultivation (meditation), mental discipline, character
development and self-confidence. The martial arts include
judo, sumo wrestling, karate, kendo, kyudo and aikido.
Baseball is Japan's most popular spectator sport. the
highlight of the baseball year is the finalof the national
competition between high schools.
Sumo wrestling has been a professional sport for 200 years.
The wrestlers eat a special diet to get big. Many weigh as
much as 400 pounds.The winner is the one who pushes his
opponent out of the ring first or the person who makes
their opponent touch the floor with any other part of the
body exept from his feet.A sumo tournamtnt is held for ten
day and the winner get the titel of yokozuma- "grand
Football is Japan's newest craze. A professional league was
started in 1993. Famous foreign players were brought in to
make the sport popular. one of these was Gary Lineker, the
former England captain.