In the name of good old fashioned British sportsmanship, HYPER JAPAN would like to wish the very best of luck to all the competitors touching down in London for the Olympics. But an extra special ganbare goes to the athletes from Japan!
Japan is the country to watch for judo (as seen at HYPER JAPAN events), not too surprising considering that the sport originated there. Japanese Olympians also do well traditionally at wrestling, swimming, and gymnastics. Since the nation first participated in the Olympics a century ago in 1912, Japanese athletes have chocked up 360 medals, and will be confident of adding to that total this time around.
Superstars to watch this year include judo master Keiji Suzuki, all-conquering empress of the wrestling mat, Saori Yoshida, and swimmer Kosuke Kitajima, who could possibly achieve a 'triple double' of Olympics gold medals if he is successful in these games.
Attention will also be focused on the Japanese female football team, who became the first Asian team ever to win a FIFA world cup last year in a nail biting penalty shoot out with the USA, lifting the spirits of the Japanese people after last year’s devastating tsunami. Nadeshiko Japan, who take their name from a small pink flower, kicked-off against Canada this week in the first step of their campaign to achieve a double international success.
Image: London 2012