Hiroshi Ikezawa

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

Kamaishi draws strength from traditional ties to rugby

Rugby Aug 2, 2019

Kamaishi draws strength from traditional ties to rugby

"Kamaishi has the rugby power." About 50 days before the opening day of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, banners can be seen everywhere on the main street in Kamaishi, one of 12 host cities for the event. Traditionally, Kamaishi has been known as a "rugby town" ...

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 ...