Grand Sports Day was held last weekend. The event turned out to be a great success!
Kata Bunko was a star of the day!
The teams were divided by colors: Iwate Team in Red and Akita Team in White.
|Warming-Up exercises instructed by local pre-school teachers. We danced to the song of Kin'niku-man.|
We were already having a great time being a child again!
The first game is Borrowing Game in which a participant picks a card with a description, find a person from the opposing team that fits the description, and take this person and together run for the goal.
Look how neatly they line up. These students behave very well..
Pan-kui Kyoso （パン食い競争）
More difficult than it seems!
Next up is Balloon Game, in which a pair carries a ballon to the goal in the manner as is written in the instruction.
Carry the ballon in between the heads!
Like this MC from Iwate team, people showed up in various costumes!
The next game is Dialect Guessing Game. It was the most rumored about before the event. Each team came up with a paragraph in their own dialect and challenge the opponents. Although Akita and Iwate are adjacent to each other, our dialect and intonation vary greatly! In a nutshell, each team competed in the unintelligiblity of the dialects!
We challenged the Iwate residents in our most complicated Akita dialect:
"When I was grafting a tree in the garden, a worm fell on my back. It startled me greatly!"
Our Akita Team led by our very own Mayor took up the Iwate team's challenge!
Our guess was "When I was about to feed a cow early in the morning, I was poked with his horn."
The Iwate Team
The young Akita team takes up the challenge of Iwate Team. It was hard!
The blowing game in which they blow a pool of flour to find a candy!
Tug of War with the ropes crossed!
Pulling while balancing is not easy!! Iwates beat us completely..
Lunch time was a show time! Each team showed off their entertaining skills. Iwate Team had performed hula dance, framenco, and a local folkdance. From Akita side, a local group in Kata Area performed Obonai Bushi, a traditional folkdance from Tazawako Area. Look at their costumes!
Fukuwarai, or "Lucky Laugh"
A blind-folded Akita man trying to place the face parts.
The games were all well-organized so that every person participated at least 2 or 3 games. By the end of the day, we were all happily exhausted!
The event was concluded with an awarding ceremony. Although Iwate Team won over Akita by the score, both teams cheered and rooted for each other so that the scores didn't matter!
An organizer summarized at the closing ceremony, Kata Bunko played a significant role in this event. After all, this place was what brought us together - from two different prefectures - to meet, connect, and remember how historically important it is!
This old lady received a Special Recognition Award, because she was the oldest partcipant -- 88 years old!
We all hope this event served just as the beginning of everlasting friendship between Akita and Iwate prefectures. We are already looking forward to having it next year!