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Autumn is the season for sports in Japan

There is a saying in Japanese that can be paraphrased as; 'Autumn is the season for watching sports, reading books and eating great food'. Well, in the fall season of 2019 this is definitely true.

The Rugby World Cup is being held here, the finals of the baseball league championships are also on TV all the time, and the Japanese national teams are involved in a variety of international competitions from volleyball and athletics to figure skating and gymnastics.

In this interesting blog for Japanese learners, Yokozuka sensei writes about watching sports in Japan during autumn 2019.

She also includes several key words and phrases that a part of the JLPT examination curriculum.

Read this blog, listen and watch the video, and learn some new Japanese vocabulary and phrases.

Watching sports







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Watching sports

Right now, the Rugby World Cup is being held in Japan. Originally, I had never watched rugby before, but the other day I watched a rugby game on TV for the first time. Of course, I completely do not understand the rules, but it was so intense that I couldn't look away and in the end I was glued to the TV. It was really interesting.

And on the subject of watching sports, I especially find volleyball, athletics, swimming, and Judo really interesting to watch. Whether or not any Japanese players are taking part, once I start to watch, I cannot stop in the middle. Even though I have work and other things to do, once I get in front of the TV and cannot move away from it. Ultimately, I end up regretting things later but after I finish watching, I get an incredible feeling of satisfaction.

The unexpected attraction gained from watching sports can never be underestimated!

目(め)をそらす   look away from

釘付(くぎづ)けになる   glue

~にかかわらず   Whether or not, regardless of

半端(はんぱ)ない   to a great extent; impressive; staggering; horrible; complete; whole; total

~たるや =~といったら   Surprisingly, wow!, unexpectedly

恐(おそ)るべし   not to be underestimated  


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