Bo-taoshi – Capture The Flag Japanese Style

There are lots of sports world-wide that many North Americans have never heard of and one of the more interesting ones I’ve recently come across is Bo-taoshi. It’s a Japanese sport and is somewhat like capture-the-flag game. This particular game is played by cadets at the National Defense Academy of Japan. 150 individuals are involved in the game and each team of 75 vie for control of a large pole. There are 75 defenders and 75 attackers. A team is considered victorious if they are able to lower the pole of the opposing team. The pole starts off perpendicular to the ground or at a 90 degree angle and the team must bring it down to a thirty-degree angle.

Have a look at how intense and hectic the game can become.


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