たまいれ (Tamaire)


So I found out some more information about the ball-throwing game that I saw at Sports Day. It is called tamaire = たまいれ = 玉入れ.

According to the AJTA (All Japan Tamaire Association)

Tamaire” is a game traditionally played by elementary school children at sport festivals. It takes about 200 stuffed balls, 2 baskets and 2 poles to hold the baskets. Any number of children can participate.

The winner is determined by seeing how many balls can be thrown into each basket within a certain time. Traditionally there are two teams; one is the Red-team and the other is the White-team. Each team has about 100-stuffed balls colored Red or White. The balls are placed on the ground first and the children pick them up and throw them into the basket, which is on a pole about 1.5 meters or 2 meters high.


Here is a funny video (I found on youtube) of some adults playing the game. Obviously the basket is positioned much higher for adults than for kids.

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