This time on Japanology Plus, our theme is radio calisthenics. Each morning, millions of Japanese start their day with radio calisthenics. Practically everyone in Japan -- young and old -- is familiar with these exercises, which started 90 years ago and spread to parks, schools, neighborhood associations and workplaces all over the country. Our guest is nonfiction writer Hidemine Takahashi, who has studied radio calisthenics closely. And in Plus One, some of the key points of the exercises.
Performing radio calisthenics properly puts your joints through their full range of motion, which is valuable for people who spend most of the day sitting down
Ai Harakawa demonstrates perfect form while instructor Hajime Tago tells Matt about the key points of each movement
Dedicated community volunteers lead radio calisthenics rain or shine, 365 days a year