La saison Undokai-festivals de sports-bat son plein dans plusieurs endroits au Japon. En gros, les écoles, les quartiers, même des compagnies organisent des compétitions sportives. Dimanche dernier je suis allé faire mon tour au Daigo Kasai shogakko à Kita-kasai 2 chome (entre Funabori et Nishi-kasai) afin d'assister au Undokai du quartier Ukita. Il y avait des compétitions sportives agrémentées de quelques surprises. Comme par exemple, il y avait une course puis au milieu du trajet le coureur devait ramasser une enveloppe contenant des directives. Le coureur devait ensuite trouver un objet ou un vêtement avant de franchir la ligne d'arrivée. Donc, des gens sur les lignes de côtés devaient enlever leur t-shirt ou leurs souliers afin que leur équipe puisse terminer la course et remporter des prix. Ça a donné à des scènes cocasses. Quant à moi, j'ai décliné l'invitation de participer car je craignais remporter toutes les compétitions. Je tenais absolument à donner la chance aux autres. Peut-être l'an prochain? Finalement, les amateurs (ou ex-amateurs) de baseball à Montréal reconnaîtront sans doute la casquette que monsieur porte sur l'une des photos en bas. Bonsoir elle est...

Undokai season is underway in several parts of Japan. Sport festivals are being organized by schools, neighborhoods, and even companies. They are usually 1 day events, lasting for a few hours only. Last Sunday I went to the Ukita undokai which took place at Daigo Kasai shogakko in Kita-kasai 2 chome (between Funabori and Nishi-kasai). There were of course sport competitions but there were also a few surprises that came along with them. For instance, in one particular race the runners had to pick up an envelope which included instructions. Participants were asked to find specific clothing items before crossing the finish line. Some people in the stands willing to help the runners were struggling to take off their t-shirts, shoes, etc... There were a few bloopers. I didn't participate in this year's edition but I might next year. Finally, some of you may have noticed a man wearing a Montreal Expos hat on one of the pictures below. There were indeed a few Japanese pitchers playing for Montreal in the late years, including the infamous Hideki Irabu who was kicked out of the team after showing up drunk at one practice. Seems like the man hasn't changed his habits now that he's back in Japan.

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