Rui Kitada takes control

31 08 2008

Rui Kitada has taken a two stroke lead over new prospect Erina Hara in the Yonex Ladies Open in Niigata.  In a 4-under 68, Kitada carded five birdies and a bogey to get to 6-under overall – this in an effort to work her way back to the form she showed more than 2 years ago.  Kitada has won 4 times on the Japan LPGA tour, but has only won once in the past 2+ years – winning the Ladies Itoen Open last November.

Erina Hara, is a fresh-faced 20-year-old who captured her first career title at the NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament two weeks ago.  Hara started her round slowly, with bogeys on the second and fourth holes – however she quickly recovered, converting five birdies in the last 10 holes for a 69.

Kitada started the day two shots behind overnight co-leaders Yasuko Sato and Ko Woo Soon of South Korea, but her day’s excellent play saw her hitting the front.


Top Sports Stories in Japan… (July 6)

6 07 2007

Miki Ando throws an opening pitch for the Giants…Today’s sports stuff…

  • Japan unbeaten at U/20 Soccer (football) World Cup… [Mainichi Shimbun]
  • Inoue hits 7-under to take lead at Woodone Open Hiroshima… [Daily Yomiuri]
  • Hanshin rookie Wakatake’s debut spoiled by ONE hit… [Daily Yomiuri]

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Top Sports Stories in Japan… (July 2)

2 07 2007

girl-in-blue.jpgToday’s top stories in sports within Nippon news…

Top Sports Stories in Japan… (July 1)

1 07 2007


A new month dawns…

Today’s headlines in Japanese sports…

Top Sports Stories in Japan… (June 30)

30 06 2007


Humid today… surprise, huh?

Today’s top sports stories…

Have a great day… tired post NBA draft!

Top Sports Stories in Japan… (June 23)

23 06 2007


BEWDIFUL day today… not too humid, but LOTSA sun!

The top sports stories in Nippon are…

“KAWAAIIII!!!”… or Japan Loves Cute… part 2

21 06 2007


As discussed yesterday, Japan loves cute. When walking outside with my baby boy, the most oft thing I hear is “KAWAAIIII!!!” (‘kawaii’ = cute)… and that’s an exclamation that’s oh-so-often used in Japan…

A small furry animal – “KAWAAIIII!!!”


Anything small – “KAWAAIIII!!!”

Animated characters – “KAWAAIIII!!!”


Anything related to Disney – “KAWAAIIII!!!”

Riyo Mori – … … … “KAWAAIIII!!!”

If you’re a female, you have to say it with in a very, very high-pitched voice, attempting to sound like an anime character yourself (and thus, “KAWAAIIII!!!”). If you’re a male, you don’t say it…


And so, with a ball-peen-hammer-to-the-knees segue, let’s look at the second part of ‘Japan Loves Cute…’ and it’s subject matter, Ryo Ishikawa.

Last month, teen phenom Ryo Ishikawa won the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup, becoming the youngest ever player to win a Japanese Pro Tour event, and the first amateur to win in more than 25 years. His first tour appearance, Ishikawa, 15 years old, shot a 6 under 66 to win by one stroke. His baby-face & bashful demeanor earned him the sobriquet “The Shy Prince”.

He followed this up with an 8th place in the prestigious Kanto Amateur Championships, and that will grant him an invitation to the Japan National Amateur Championships to be held in early July at the Aichi Country Club.


Video of Ishikawa & Saito…

During the Kanto event, the Shy Prince gathered in excess of 3000 fans (many of whom were young girls!) who followed him dutifully around the links. Such is the first-year-high school student’s popularity, that the Japanese TV station TBS tried to get one of his playing partners to wear a hidden microphone… which was eventually foiled by the officials.

Yuki Saito and Ryo Ishikawa… two of the most popular sports icons in Japan today. Both with very unfortunate nicknames. But as I said, Japan loves ‘cute’…

I’ll keep you posted with updates on the Handkerchief Prince, and the Shy Prince!


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