Department of Modern Languages

The University of Mississippi

Japanese Sports Day Celebration

The Japanese Club hosted its annual Sports Day event Friday at the Croft Institute in honor of the Japanese holiday Health and Sports Day.

Students and workers in Japan usually have the day off for Sports Day and hold a field day-type festival, or “undokai.” These festivals usually begin around 8:30 a.m. with a parade and, occasionally, a marching band. A kind of mini Olympics, these celebrations consist of a variety of running-based activities, such as a relay race or a 100-meter dash.

They also usually incorporate other activities that are more like games, such as tug-of-war, obstacle courses or three-legged races. In some schools, the students will also perform a traditional Japanese dance.

The Japanese Club at Ole Miss hosts their own smaller festival on campus each year to commemorate Japan’s Sports Day.

“We hold this event because it is a holiday celebrated in Japanese schools, so it seemed appropriate to hold at our school,” Japanese Club member Christian Wisneski said. “It also gives students an introduction to Japanese culture and gives fellow students the opportunity to meet and engage with Japanese exchange students.”

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