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Three sumo wrestlers standing in the ring, with formal aprons.
Sports Year
  1. Two National Soccer Tournaments
  2. Ekiden Road Race
  3. Rugby Football Games in Winter
  4. Skiing and Skating
  5. Sumo
  6. Midwinter Training and Traditional Martial Arts
  7. J League Soccer
  8. Mountain-opening and Beach-opening
  9. Fishing
  10. Motor Sports
  11. High School Baseball
  12. National Sports Festival
  13. Japan Baseball Series
  14. Viewing Autumn Leaves and Hiking
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Bright red trees line a bridge where people stand, admiring the fall colors
Trees changing colors attract crowds to the countryside each fall.
Photo Courtesy of Omoshiro Sanjuban.
Viewing Autumn Leaves and Hiking
In the fall, many Japanese people enjoy viewing the colorful autumn leaves in parks, forests or mountains. Viewing autumn leaves is called hunting of red leaves or momijigari. It is said that a sudden change of air temperature from warm to cold in fall makes beautiful autumn leaves. In the fall, colorful forests and mountains enthrall many people, and they are willing to travel to famous autumn leave viewing spots. Some people also enjoy hiking in such places, while others may enjoy having meals under trees whose leaves have just turned into red or yellow. So, momijigari may include hiking or picnics. Fall is also the season for hiking and climbing. There are many places for such in Japan, since sixty percent of the Japanese archipelago is mountainous. It is said that hiking and climbing are very popular among the middle-aged and retired people in Japan in the fall.
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