“Sports” Day?? – 体育の日

Today is a National Holiday in Japan. According to my calendar app, it is translated as Sports Day. I’m not really sure if 体育の日 (Taiiku no hi) really should be translated as Sports Day though. Taiiku is more accurately translated as physical education rather than the more general sports. But oh well, who am I to question the wisdom of Apple. They make far more money than me!

今日は体育の日です。iPhoneのカレンダーアプリによると英語で「Sports Day」だそうです。私にとっては、体育が「sports」より学科の「physical education」に訳する方が正しいか思うのですが、Appleは私よりずっと利益を取れる会社なので、本当は私から疑問できない立場かな!^_^

Anyway, here are some pics from today’s run. 


10 thoughts on ““Sports” Day?? – 体育の日

  1. It’s called Sport’s Day because of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The opening ceremony was held on October 10th, and the holiday commemorates that event.


    1. Yeah, I know. It’s in the Wikipedia article I linked to. But that doesn’t explain why it is called “taiiku” in Japanese which is not the word for “sports”.


      1. There are a lot of things in Japanese that don’t translate perfectly into English. It’s not really just physical education either; Japanese students don’t do those activities in gym class. The spirit of the holiday though, is sports.


      2. I agree. In fact, I’m more of the thought that 体育 in Japanese is the misnomer, rather than its English translation. 運動の日 would maybe be a better way to render it.


      3. I agree! That would actually be a really fitting name! BTW, I love the concept of your blog and your daily run pics


      4. Thanks for the words of encouragement! Now that the weather is a little cooler, I’ve run out of excuses to stay indoors. And with such beautiful scenery, it’d be a shame not to take a few pics!

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      1. Oh, no, I meant for the country as a whole. I live near one of these discount outlet malls, and the traffic is horrendous on Sundays and holidays 🙂


      2. Haha – yeah, for sure! But the Japanese stay at work for so long on normal days, that it’s a good thing to get them out of the workplace and into the shops.


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