Narasaki, Noguchi miss out on titles in World Cup bouldering finale

Aug 20, 2017

Narasaki, Noguchi miss out on titles in World Cup bouldering finale

Tomoa Narasaki and Taisei Ishimatsu finished second and third, respectively, behind German winner Jan Hojer on Saturday in the last bouldering competition of the World Cup sport climbing tour's season. Narasaki was unable to defend his men's overall title, finishing second in the season standings ...

Apr 9, 2017

Fujii wins men's bouldering World Cup opener

Kokoro Fujii won the men's bouldering competition at the season opener of the IFSC Climbing World Cup tour on Saturday. The 24-year-old Fujii, who finished second in the overall World Cup rankings last season, earned 100 points for having the least number of attempts at ...

Nagano alpinist Hiraide wins Uemura Naomi Adventure Prize

Feb 17, 2017

Nagano alpinist Hiraide wins Uemura Naomi Adventure Prize

Japanese alpinist and mountain photographer Kazuya Hiraide, 37, won this year's Uemura Naomi Adventure Prize, awarded for significant achievements in nature exploration, the prize organizer said. Born in the town of Fujimi, Nagano Prefecture, Hiraide became the first person to scale the southeastern wall of ...

Sep 18, 2016

Narasaki makes history at world climbing championships

Tomoa Narasaki won the D4 men's bouldering classification final at the IFSC Climbing World Championships on Saturday, becoming the first Japanese to accomplish the feat in the newly introduced Olympic sport. On the fourth day of competition at the AccorHotels Arena, Narasaki, who is No. ...

Comedian Nasubi climbs Mount Everest

May 19, 2016

Comedian Nasubi climbs Mount Everest

Japanese comedian Tomoaki Hamatsu, known by the stage name Nasubi, scaled Mount Everest on Thursday, according to an official from the Nepal Tourism Ministry. Hamatsu, 40, team leader Kenji Kondo, 53, and three other Japanese — Sumio Hibino, Ban Ito and Koki Nishida — successfully ...

Outdoor hobby takes love of trees to new heights

Dec 12, 2015

Outdoor hobby takes love of trees to new heights

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Nature lovers are scaling new heights with a hobby that provides a sense of adventure while promoting forest conservation. "Tree climbing" is becoming increasingly popular in Japan as a form of outdoor recreation that not only offers excitement but also rest and relaxation for overworked ...

Tokyo 2020 chiefs recommend five additional sports

Sep 28, 2015

Tokyo 2020 chiefs recommend five additional sports

Five additional sports, including skateboarding and surfing, have been recommended by the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics for inclusion at the 2020 Summer Games, it was announced on Monday. Baseball/softball, karate and climbing were also given the thumbs up under a proposal that will see ...

Aug 10, 2015

Nine dead, 30 injured in summer spots across Japan

At least nine people died and 30 were injured Sunday at various summer leisure spots across Japan, according to police and fire department reports. Among those killed were two people from Hyogo Prefecture — Shinji Fukamoto, 57, a company worker from Himeji, and Akiyo Sugi, ...