Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Judo for the World - Episode 1

Rikuzentakata, JAPAN - #judofortheworld

On 11 March 2011, Japan was terribly hit by the biggest earthquake ever recorded in the archipelago. Less than half an hour later, giant waves rolled and swept everything. The small town of Rikuzentakata was wiped off the map within a few minutes. Eight months after the disaster, the IJF went there to see the extent of the damage, meet the survivors and try, with the support of the Japanese Federation and of the Kodokan, to restore hope to thousands of victims.

In December 2015, four years later, a new visit to the city of the Iwate prefecture was organised by the IJF, the AJJF and the Kodokan following the Tokyo Grand Slam 2015. The film, produced and broadcast by the IJF, tells about this second visit, and is part of a global project 'JUDO FOR THE WORLD' that will follow throughout the upcoming months, the stories of those who ‘make’ judo on the five continents.

Miss Osaka has directly experienced the drama. Moved and relocated, she found again the joy of living by sharing beautiful moments with her friends from the judo club humanely led by Sensei Iwasaki. Discover their stories and those of Miss Tanimoto Ayumi, double Olympic champion, who made the trip to Rikuzentakata, or Mr. Haga Ryunosuke, world champion in 2015, who talks about his original club in suburban Tokyo.

For two days the delegation comprising the President of the Kodokan, Mr. Uemura, representatives of the All Japan Judo Federation, great champions such as Miss Tanimoto and Nicolas Messner, Media and Judo for Peace director, met all those affected by this sad day of 11 March 2011. But beyond the still palpable emotion due to the disaster, they were struck by the incredible ability of a population to bounce back and to continue to fight against the elements to return to a normal life.

This first episode 'JUDO FOR THE WORLD' dedicated to Japan, the birthplace of judo, will be followed by other episodes that will show why judo has become a universal activity that is capable of helping building a better society.

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