Spreading the charms of Japan to the world from Fukui



The National Sports Festival of Japan will be held in Fukui for the first time in 50 years!



*This is a promotion video of the 2018 National Sports Festival, Fukui Prefecture.



Finally, the national sports festival of Japan in Fukui will begin in a few weeks!

It will be the second time for it to be held in Fukui Prefecture, 50 years from the last one.

On September 29th, 2018, the opening ceremony will be held at 9・98 stadium in Fukui City, and the sports festival will be held until October 9th. After that, the National Para-Sports Festival of Japan will be held from October 13th to the 15th, 2018.


It is exciting to see that many of the great athletes in Japan will be in Fukui.

They will be competing fiercely during the sports festival.



Japanese emperor and the empress



For the opening ceremony on September 29th, 2018, the Emperor who will abdicate

on April 30th next year and the Empress will be in Fukui to attend the ceremony.

It will be the last time for him to attend the National Sports Festival of Japan.

It’s his first-time visiting Fukui in 9 years. I’ve never seen him in person.

If I have a chance, I would like to see him before he abdicates.


An actor, Hiroshi Tsuda and an entertainer, Madoka Nishimura, they both are from

Fukui Prefecture and will be hosting the opening ceremony.

The ceremony will begin with the welcoming event performed by residents of Fukui Prefecture. Some of them are in traditional arts groups, and they will show the great traditional performances. The others conduct cultural, art and sports performances.

After that, a few events such as an event for cheering the athletes and speeches will be conducted.


At the end of the ceremony, a great and well known singer in Japan from Mihama Town,

Fukui Prefecture, Hiroshi Itsuki will be singing.


In Japan, we say that autumn is the sports season as it is said as about foods, reading books, etc. How about cheering Japanese great athletes this autumn?