Most viewed - Sports Recreation Shiga 2008 スポレク滋賀
sp010-20081018_3474.jpg
Entrance to Kibogaoka Park during the Sports Recreation Shiga 2008 festival during Oct. 18-21, 2008. It's an annual event held in a different prefecture. People from all 47 prefectures and South Korea participate in tournaments for 18 sports.354 views
sp058-20081018_3399.jpg
Caffy, the official mascot of Sports Recreation Shiga 2008, is modeled after the Lake Biwa Giant Catfish, a unique species found only in Lake Biwa.82 views
sp017-20081018_3020.jpg
MC Chiho Ono from FM Shiga (e-radio) asks the twins a few questions. Also see the video here. 司会者 小野千穂39 views
sp016-20081018_2966.jpg
Jamie and Megan Thompson sing "Lake Biwa Rowing Song" at Sports Recreation Shiga 2008 on Oct. 18, 2008 in Kibogaoka Park, Yasu, Shiga Pref.36 views
sp097-20081020_5005.jpg
Sports Recreation aerobics tournament awards ceremony. See more photos of the aerobics tournament here.36 views
sp019-20081018_3069.jpg
Hand sculpture.34 views
sp025-20081018_3163.jpg
Then representatives from all 47 prefectures marched through the crowd.28 views
sp022-20081018_3189p.jpg
Sports Recreation Shiga 2008 opening ceremony at Kibogaoka Park, Yasu on Oct. 18, 2008. It was a sunny, cloudless day, and quite hot in sun. スポレク滋賀 開会式27 views
sp037-20081018_3207.jpg
On the right was a large stage for the band.25 views
sp083-20081018_3046.jpg
Caffy-yaki sweet bean bun.24 views
sp034-20081018_3193.jpg
The contingent from South Korea also marched to their seats from the center stage.23 views
sp040-20081018_3230.jpg
Caffy cap23 views
sp085-20081018_3047.jpg
Caffy doll23 views
sp092-20081018_3475.jpg
Free shuttle buses took us from Kibogaoka Park and Yasu Station (or nearby parking lots).23 views
sp031-20081018_3171.jpg
Nagano22 views
sp089-20081018_3462.jpg
Sake from Shiga22 views
sp095-20081020_4395.jpg
Sports Recreation Shiga 2008 aerobics tournament in Maibara.22 views
sp028-20081018_3144.jpg
Shiga athletes applaud as the different athletes marched past.21 views
sp043-20081018_3259.jpg
The ground transformed into a lake.21 views
sp052-20081018_3370.jpg
The giant kite goes up. Normally, the Yokaichi Giant Kite Festival is held in May.21 views
sp071-20081018_3092.jpg
Free acupuncture.21 views
sp090-20081018_3451.jpg
Paint it yourself.21 views
sp046-20081018_3297.jpg
A taiko troupe performs.19 views
sp035-20081018_3201.jpg
The opening ceremony stage was at the front and center, looking very tiny to most of us. Shiga Governor Yukiko Kada is in a yellow pants suit.18 views
sp041-20081018_3243.jpg
Giant balls were tossed to the audience. They slapped the balls toward the front, but many of them popped like a balloon.18 views
sp038-20081018_3212.jpg
Over 20,000 people competed in the sports tournaments held all over Shiga. They included soccer, softball, badminton, bowling, track, gate ball, folk dancing, aerobics, and trampoline.18 views
sp091-20081018_3473.jpg
Exit. The booths and other festivities were held at Kibogaoka Park only during Oct. 18-19, 2008. While the sports tournaments were held at various venues until Oct. 21st. Official site here.18 views
sp086-20081018_3040.jpg
Miyazaki's booth.18 views
sp096-20081020_4827.jpg
Joint session.18 views
sp068-20081018_3425.jpg
17 views
sp072-20081018_3093.jpg
Earthquake simulator17 views
sp077-20081018_3472.jpg
Yasu's booth had a replica of an ancient bronze bell, Japan's largest discovered in Yasu.17 views
sp081-20081018_3440.jpg
Ryukoku University band entertains.17 views
sp080-20081018_3055.jpg
Most people tried to stay out of the hot sun.17 views
sp011-20081018_3036.jpg
Abbreviated "Spo-rec," this event was a very big deal for Shiga with over 20,000 visiting Shiga. Kibogaoka Park is a huge grassy park. There was an entertainment stage called Kenmin Yume Stage which can be seen at the center of this photo.16 views
sp018-20081018_3064.jpg
Mt. Mikami (Shiga's Mt. Fuji) overlooks the park.16 views
sp023-20081018_3103.jpg
The opening ceremony started at 12:30 pm with a line of Caffy flags each representing a different sport.16 views
sp029-20081018_3149.jpg
Gunma16 views
sp051-20081018_3341.jpg
Wish they actually flew the kite, but I guess there wasn't enough room.16 views
sp055-20081018_3382.jpg
16 views
sp057-20081018_3406.jpg
They had a whole bunch of Caffy mascots walking around. Caffy is modeled after the Lake Biwa Giant Catfish, a unique species found only in Lake Biwa.16 views
sp070-20081018_3090.jpg
There were various health-related booths. Free shoulder/head massages here.16 views
sp074-20081018_3050.jpg
The west side of the park had food and souvenir booths.16 views
sp084-20081018_3467.jpg
16 views
sp087-20081018_3041.jpg
Miyazaki Governor Higashikokubaru is a celebrity and Miyazaki's top salesman. Unfortunately, this is only a cardboard cutout of him.16 views
sp093-20081018_2919.jpg
Kibogaoka Park16 views
sp094-20081020_4374.jpg
The city of Maibara hosted the Sports Recreation aerobics tournament on Oct. 19-20, 2008. These are women in their 80s and 90s dancing. They were one of the winners.16 views
sp015-20081018_2997.jpg
Jamie and Megan Thompson sing "Lake Biwa Rowing Song" at Sports Recreation Shiga 2008 on Oct. 18, 2008 in Kibogaoka Park, Yasu, Shiga Pref.15 views
sp020-20081018_3072.jpg
Site of the opening ceremony held on Oct. 18, 2008 at the center part of Kibogaoka Park.15 views
sp026-20081018_3134.jpg
Each flag had the name of the prefecture. This is Miyazaki.15 views
sp049-20081018_3315.jpg
Another activity for the sky...15 views
sp061-20081018_3305.jpg
Sculpture for the Sky.15 views
sp076-20081018_3471.jpg
Booth for the city of Yasu.15 views
sp079-20081018_3444.jpg
There were these large tents for resting and eating.15 views
sp088-20081018_3460.jpg
Ayu sweetfish15 views
sp082-20081018_3045.jpg
Caffy-yaki sweet bean buns were popular.15 views
sp013-20081018_2940.jpg
A duo called Mellow Pair also performed. The keyboard player is from Shiga, while the singer on the right is from Miyazaki Prefecture which is the host of next year's Sports Recreation event in 2009.14 views
sp024-20081018_3117.jpg
Athletes from Shiga at the opening ceremony.14 views
sp027-20081018_3135.jpg
Athletes from Miyazaki Prefecture hold a sign saying "See you next year in Miyazaki!"14 views
sp030-20081018_3160.jpg
Tokyo14 views
sp059-20081018_3418.jpg
Sculpture for Water.14 views
sp075-20081018_3446.jpg
Food booths14 views
sp021-20081018_3077.jpg
What are these large balls for? We'll find out soon.13 views
sp032-20081018_3177.jpg
Shiga13 views
sp067-20081018_3431.jpg
Jumping rope en masse.13 views
sp073-20081018_3458.jpg
Caffy mascot dolls13 views
sp078-20081018_3048.jpg
Ibuki goodies (Maibara)13 views
sp012-20081018_2936.jpg
On the first day Oct. 18, 2008, this stage featured an entertainment program from 9:30 am to 11:15 am. It included this balloon session for kids.12 views
sp036-20081018_3203.jpg
Large monitor shows Governor Kada declaring the opening of the Spo-rec event.12 views
sp045-20081018_3281.jpg
Then they tossed these small balls onto the sheet where they bounced all over.12 views
sp044-20081018_3272.jpg
12 views
sp056-20081018_3355.jpg
Spo-rec flags12 views
sp064-20081018_3423.jpg
12 views
sp069-20081018_3081.jpg
Blow darts12 views
sp014-20081018_2956.jpg
Then at 10:20 am, Jamie and Megan Thompson from Illinois, USA appeared and sang "Lake Biwa Rowing Song" (Biwako Shuko no Uta in English). スポレク滋賀、県民「夢」ステージ11 views
sp039-20081018_3221.jpg
This sports meet is designed for adults of all ages. You can be 95 years old and still participate. They call it a "life-long sports meet."11 views
sp053-20081018_3365.jpg
This giant kite is actually an old one, from several years ago. They took it down after the opening ceremony was over.11 views
sp062-20081018_3078.jpg
Toward the east side of the park was an area where you could try various new sports.11 views
sp065-20081018_3429.jpg
Throwing Bingo11 views
sp047-20081018_3320.jpg
For the finale, they released these little balloons shaped like doves. This was to represent the sky.10 views
sp050-20081018_3331.jpg
A tall crane hoists up the Yokaichi giant kite.10 views
sp054-20081018_3372.jpg
Flags10 views
sp060-20081018_3303.jpg
Sculpture for Humans.10 views
sp066-20081018_3430.jpg
10 views
sp033-20081018_3166.jpg
Flags for all the prefectures.9 views
sp042-20081018_3254.jpg
The next activity, representing water, was having a huge blue sheet covering the spectators. The opening ceremony had a theme based on water, humans, and the sky.9 views
sp063-20081018_3420.jpg
9 views
sp048-20081018_3325.jpg
Dove balloons in the sky.8 views
88 files on 1 page(s)