Hiroshi Ikezawa

For Hiroshi Ikezawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Cheer song 'Daenzakura' unites players, fans

Rugby Jul 20, 2019

Cheer song 'Daenzakura' unites players, fans

Music and sports are completely different fields. There are many situations, however, where their paths cross. Often it's music and songs that help cheer up fans and teams and allow supporters to develop strong bonds with the players and each other. Singing "Take Me Out ...

Roger Barows wins Derby

More Sports / Horse Racing May 26, 2019

Roger Barows wins Derby

The first Japanese Derby of the Reiwa Era turned out to be a surprising one, even for the winning jockey. Roger Barows, the 12th favorite, came from behind in the final 500 meters to win the Japanese Derby on Sunday, clocking 2 minutes and 22.6 ...

Phoenix victorious in return

More Sports / Football May 4, 2019

Phoenix victorious in return

Taisuke Miyagawa needs some more time to make his comeback, but the Nihon University Phoenix have returned to college football. Junior quarterback Taiki Hayashi threw a 72-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Junnosuke Kishizawa on the first play of a 42-0 rout of the Nippon ...

Kosei Okuno leads Kwansei to Koshien Bowl title

More Sports / Football Dec 16, 2018

Kosei Okuno leads Kwansei to Koshien Bowl title

Kosei Okuno, the victim in the illegal tackle scandal which rocked Japan in May, made history for himself on Sunday. The Kwansei Gakuin University sophomore quarterback completed 12 of 15 passes for 149 yards to guide the Fighters to a 37-20 triumph over the Waseda ...

Comedy duo Sandwich Man deliver laughter to promote Rugby World Cup

Rugby Nov 21, 2018

Comedy duo Sandwich Man deliver laughter to promote Rugby World Cup

Beyond making their audience laugh with punchlines, comedy duo Sandwich Man have two other missions. One is supporting the Tohoku area's recovery from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, something personal to them as Sendai natives. The other is promoting the Rugby World Cup as ...