Japanese Sports Culture (02:00)
Tokyo is preparing for the 2020 Olympics. Former professional football player Coy Wire visits a high school baseball practice emphasizing professionalism, camaraderie, and ambition.
Sumo Wrestling (03:47)
Wire visits a training center in Toyko's Ryogoku neighborhood. American-born athlete Fiamalu Penitani discusses daily practice and eating routines. Some believe the centuries-old sport will die out.
Japanese Professional Wrestling (03:06)
New Japan Pro-Wrestling CEO Harold Meij promotes the new sport in Tokyo. Canadian born wrestler Kenny Omega discusses its theatrical elements. Nearly half the fan base are female.
Park Golf (02:27)
The golf and croquet hybrid was invented in Japan in the 1980s and is popular among Tokyo seniors. Fumiyo Wattanabi, 77, challenges Wire to a game.
Botaoshi and Field Day Games (04:20)
Students at an all-boys school play a sport similar to capture the flag and rugby; learn about the rules. In "cavalry battle," players are lifted off the ground by teammates to knock off their opponents’ hats. Injuries are uncommon.
Online gaming has become a multi-million dollar industry. Wire loses a Tekken challenge at a Tokyo arcade.
Olympic hopefuls like Ayumi Uekusa train at a Tokyo dojo. Training has both physical and mental elements; learn about the sparring point system. Athletes, artists and residents are preparing for 2020. Wire reflects on learning about Japanese culture and spirit.
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