October 31, 2017
In October, Sports Day used to take place throughout most schools Japan. It is a day in which many sports-related events are held, and where the entire school is separated into two teams: A red team, and a white team. Both teams wear caps with their designated color, and compete for the highest scores in games such as: tamaire, kibasen, relay races, and so on. Most games earn scores, but there are some games that do not earn scores such as foot race.
There are two reasons for October being the traditionally chosen month for Sports Day: One is that the climate in Japan during the month of October is suitable for sports, as it is usually not too hot, not too cold, and does not rain a lot. The other is that the 2nd Monday of October is a Japanese national holiday called “Sports and Health Day.”
In recent years however, more and more schools are beginning to hold Sports Day in the spring rather than October.
There are a few students who choose not to participate in Sports Day due to religious reasons. For example, there have been cases of children of Jehovah’s Witnesses who declined to take part in Sports Day because they believe it promotes competition (fights), and this is contradictory to their teachings. This religious choice is respected by the schools.