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SPORTS JAPAN tells you everything about the exciting world of Japanese sports and martial arts with in-depth analysis and up-to-the-minute stories.

Ayako Kisa

Originally from Tokyo, Ayako lived in Los Angeles for 7 years during her childhood. She later became a well-known newscaster for Fuji TV and married US Major League baseball player Kazuhisa Ishii. She went on to become a freelance TV personality appearing on various news, variety and sports shows.



Fri.4:30 - 5:00
8:30 - 9:00
16:30 - 17:00
22:30 - 23:00

May 8, Fri.*RERUN

Kyogi Karuta

Competitive Karuta or Kyogi Karuta is much more than just a card game. It was a game of nobility centuries ago and has evolved into a competition that requires incredible memory and lightening reflexes. With highlights from the Queen Tournament, we take a look at what attracts people to the game and how battles can be decided in just a few hundredths of a second. We follow the amazing story of a champion who held the title of Queen for 10 years from the age of 15.

  • [Guest]
    Takenori Ikehara
    Takenori Ikehara, a Kyogi Karuta player who has reached the rank of 6th-dan, has been playing the game for 24 years. While actively taking part in tournaments in Japan and overseas, he is also working to popularize the game and help player development.

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