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JDrama -> JSports -- What about the Olympics???

Post by Maci » Feb 18th, '06, 18:16

Since a few of our JDrama have been postponed for a week or two because of the Olympics, how about a short discussion about JSports.
Whatever happened to the Japanese Olympic team? They were great at Nagano (home ice) but have gone downhill (pardon the pun) ever since. Seems like every time I watch an event final, the announcer is saying ". . . and Japan placed a close 4th". We need to make an aluminum medal for 4th place.

My only joy is to watch the women's curling team that rocked the favored Canadians today. Talking about cute J-Idols, Hayashi-chan is kind of cute.
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Quick question:
What is your favorite sports related JDrama?
H2
Pride
Waterboys
etc, etc, etc

And if you haven't see it yet, make sure that you watch Ichiro's drama debut in Furuhata Ninzaburo.
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Post by groink » Feb 19th, '06, 07:46

JSport-related...

In golf.... I kept score for Miyazato Ai this past Friday at the SBS Open at Turtle Bay (Hawaii). She's HUGE in Japan - even more popular than major league baseball players Ichiro or Hideki. Just in our gallery alone there were 70 members of the Japanese media tagging along. For my work, she gave me an autographed golf ball from her, and she signed my book and cap.

She didn't do so well yesterday or today (Saturday final round.) She finished at 1-over - eleven shots off the eventual winning score, which was by Kim Joo Mi of South Korea. Only other Japanese golfer was Higashio Riko, who dropped out after the 1st Round.

Next week's tournament, the Fields Open in Hawaii, should have more Japanese players because of it being sponsored by a Japanese company. I plan on working as a walking scorer at that tournament as well.

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Post by techie » Feb 19th, '06, 11:05

A bit envious of Groink hogging all the good seats here :)
You sure get out and about a bit there. I clearly went the wrong direction when I moved last.

Only J-sports related thing, being a long distance runner myself, I refuse to run in anything but Mizuno shoes.
Their the only company I found that made shoes actually lasting for a full 800 K before replacement is needed and most importantly,
perhaps due to how detail minded they are, they are the only company making pro running shoes in sizes 9 91/3 9 2/3 and 10.

It's very painful running in a pair of 10 or 9 1/2 when youre a 9 2/3 :D

And theire not that expensive either. About $45-$85 depending on which season they came out.
Relevant for Groink too perhaps sinze Mizuno is getting out of everything lately except Golf.
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Post by Maci » Feb 19th, '06, 14:34

groink,
I'm envious too. I'm not a big golf fan, but when Ai-chan is on TV I do enjoy watching her play. She is good and you can't find a better smile. (For those of you that don't know Miyazato Ai, see the link below.)
http://www.lpga.com/player_results.aspx?id=5428

I was wondering how do you ever sign a golf ball, it's small and has dimples. I see that it is possible, and your ball is worth $125.
http://www.itsalreadysigned4u.com/cp-app/prod/sports-memorabilia/SOS-AIMZ

Talking about signed balls. I am a big Ichiro fan. I took my family from Tokyo to Seattle to watch him play several years ago. During pre-game warm-ups, he never gets close enough to the fans for autographs because he would get mobbed. Another reason is that his signed baseball was selling in the Mariners store in the ballpark for $450 each. I also flew to Minneapolis to see him play against the Twins for two days. The Twins don't have many fans, so I was able to get seats on the 10th row right behind home plate just a few hours before the game. (And the seats were the same price as deep deep right field seats at Safeco Field in Seattle.) The Twins fans (if you can call them that) were actually cheering for Ichiro during the game.

One more great Japanese athlete to watch is Tabuse Yuta, the first and only Japanese player to play in the NBA. He has been in the US for about 3 years playing in various forms of minor leagues, but he played for a few weeks with the Phoenix Suns last season and actually got some game time. He is with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds now, a team in the Developmental NBA League. I've had the chance to meet him a few times. We had one long conversation, and he is the most humble star that I have ever met. For a kid that has achieved what he has, it is amazing that he is just a normal guy. He is a great hero and role model for Japanese kids that want to play basketball. And on the subject of shoes, he has his own line of Nike basketball shoes in Japan called the Nike Air Zoom Brave.
http://nike.jp/basketball/v4/main.html
http://www.tabuseyuta.com/yuta/
http://nike.jp/basketball/congrats/

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Re: JDrama -> JSports -- What about the Olympics???

Post by dima » Feb 20th, '06, 16:24

Maci wrote:Since a few of our JDrama have been postponed for a week or two because of the Olympics, how about a short discussion about JSports...

...Quick question:
What is your favorite sports related JDrama?...
I just loooove japan's women's curling team, Ayumi and Mari are soooo cute! Three cheers!

fav. is not drama, but a low-budget movie, ping-pong something.

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Post by Maci » Feb 25th, '06, 14:36

This thread died quick . . . just like the hopes of Japan's Olympic Team.
However, Shizuka Arakawa's capture of the gold in women's figure skating reminded me of another sports J-Dorama . . . Swan no Namida, a 1989 TV drama starring Miyazawa Rie.
I sure wish mieko had continued posting that series.

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Post by nynaeve » Feb 25th, '06, 15:40

Congratulations to Shizuka Arakawa! I like her, but I absolutely love Fumie Suguri :wub: !! She should have gotten a medal IMO. I also like the Japanese Women's Curling Theme. I like Mari and Ayumi, too. They made me watch the sport even though I don't really understand it at all :D .

Anyway, can anybody please tell me the olympics theme song played on NHK and who is the singer? Thank you.

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Post by Maci » Feb 25th, '06, 16:20

nynaeve wrote:Congratulations to Shizuka Arakawa! I like her, but I absolutely love Fumie Suguri :wub: !! She should have gotten a medal IMO. I also like the Japanese Women's Curling Theme. I like Mari and Ayumi, too. They made me watch the sport even though I don't really understand it at all :D .

Anyway, can anybody please tell me the olympics theme song played on NHK and who is the singer? Thank you.
You're right. Fumie should have won a medal. Even America's past Olympic medal winners were saying afterwards that the silver and bronze should have gone to others. I'm not an expert, and absolutely hate sports that are decided by a judge, but how can someone win a medal that falls twice? Even a non-skater like myself could go out there and fall twice.

NHK theme song:
Chikai, by Hirahara Ayaka
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/olympic-live/theme/fs_theme.html
There is a video sample on the NHK website.
http://www.ayaka-hirahara.com/discography.html
The song (and probably video too) are at JPOPSUKI.
http://mullemeck.serveftp.org/jps_beta/?page=browse

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Post by nynaeve » Feb 25th, '06, 17:06

Thanks for the links Maci :thumright:

I'm watching the skating exhibitions right now on BS1. My heart just goes out to Fumie. I still can't get over the fact that those who won the silver and bronze both fell during their programs while she skated a clean one. Some can argue that Cohen and Slutskaya attempted more difficult jumps than Fumie but when you fail at those attempts, you should get lower scores. The judging system is just ... blah! Besides, Fumie was the one with the best presentation skills. She really felt the music. Oh well, it's all over now. Anyway, I just read somewhere that Fumie's still planning to skate at the 2010 winter olympics. Hope to see her there! :-)
Oh, and speaking of skating, I really wish Michelle Kwan could have been there :wub:

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Post by jholic » Feb 27th, '06, 05:08

Maci wrote:However, Shizuka Arakawa's capture of the gold in women's figure skating reminded me of another sports J-Dorama . . . Swan no Namida, a 1989 TV drama starring Miyazawa Rie.
I sure wish mieko had continued posting that series.
i'm glad you guys started this thread. i thought it was terrific that shizuka arakawa was able to capture the gold. my friends in japan tell me that's all they could talk about for days.

just to let you know, we have a 'sports related jdrama' thread:
http://www.d-addicts.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=17109

i know the US have been doing pretty good (just behind germany, last i heard). but good luck to all countries. the olympics is supposed to be about good sportsmanship. i'd like to see everyone do well.
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Post by Phinn » Feb 27th, '06, 05:20

Unforunately, I missed most of the Winter Olympics, but I did catch a 'best of' compliation shown after the closing ceremony today on BBC2. They included Shizuka Arakawa's gold winning performance. I have to say, it really was wonderful, so elegant and flawless, just wow :clap:

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