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#11Feburary 24, 2019
Niigata, Japan & Singapore

Shooting for the Future:
Niigata Meets Singapore

In December 2018, Singapore's junior water polo team visited Kashiwazaki in Niigata Prefecture to train with local students. In the pool, the Japanese showed off their speed, and the Singaporeans demonstrated their powerful playing style. But on land, the language barrier proved to be an issue. The Japanese kids were disappointed they couldn't express themselves well. Determined to reach out to their new friends, they make a video in which they explain their shooting technique in English.

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Photos & Clips

The young boys of Kashiwazaki, Niigata

Kids from Kashiwazaki and Singapore play water polo together. Shogo (left) and Kyoya (right)

Water Polo City- Kashiwazaki

Kashiwazaki is known for water polo. It even has a water polo club with over 150 members that nurtures Olympic athletes from elementary school age.

Coach Aoyagi Instructs the Boys from Singapore

Kan Aoyagi leads Kashiwazaki's water polo club. As an athlete, he played in pro leagues of water polo powerhouses such as Italy, Spain, and Montenegro.

An Exhibition Game with the Singapore Team

The Kashiwazaki team is characterized by its sharpness and speed, while the Singapore team shines in impressive power plays.

Kashiwazaki and Singapore's Water Polo Teams

The face-off left both water polo teams inspired.

Mitchell from Singapore

Mitchell noticed a big difference in speed after playing against the Japanese team.

Post-practice Party

They all gather at an okonimiyaki restaurant to give a warm welcome to the Singapore team.

Trying to Overcome Language Barriers

Feeling disappointed that they could not communicate well at the party, members of the Japanese team decide to put more effort into their English classes.

Making a Comeback with an English Video Letter

These two decided make a video letter in English to tell the Singapore team about water polo techniques.

The Singapore Team Watching the Video Letter

Were the kids from Kashiwazaki able to get their message across to the Singaporeans?

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