Sports day in Japan is the highlight of most kids school lives.
It’s called a taikusai or undoukai which means sports/exercise festival
The dusty track fields take the place of the lush grassy space you might imagine.
The events range from races and the typical three-legged variety:
Elementary school sports days include more crazy events: like multiple kids strapping into the same strips of wood and trying to walk together without falling over or 40 kids trying to throw balls into the same basket on a stick.
The high school sports days still have a few wacky events… but it’s more about the preparation and athleticism.