Sports in Japanese

Let’s get warmed up and ready to talk about sports in Japanese!

Everyone has their favorite sport and most countries tend to have favorite national sports. America is the home of baseball for example. The national sport of Japan is sumo wrestling but the Japanese are also particularly fond of baseball, or 野球 (yakyū).

Sports in Japanese

There are an endless number of sports to talk about but in this lesson, we’ll go over the most common ones. On your mark, get set, go!

やきゅう

野球

Yakyū

Baseball

サッカー

-

Sakkā

Soccer

バスケット ボール

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Basuketto bōru

Basketball

クリケット

-

Kuriketto

Cricket

ラグビー

-

Ragubī

Rugby

フィールド ホッケー

-

Fīrudo hokkē

Field hockey

テニス

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Tenisu

Tennis

ハンド ボール

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Hando bōru

Handball

バレー ボール

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Barē bōru

Volleyball

たっきゅう

卓球

Takkyū

Table tennis

ゴルフ

-

Gorufu

Golf

すいえい

水泳

Suiei

Swimming

ジョギング

-

Jogingu

Jogging

アイス ホッケー

-

Aisu hokkē

Ice hockey

バドミントン

-

Badominton

Badminton

スキー

-

Sukī

Skiing

ボートこぎ / そうてい

ボート漕ぎ / 漕艇

Bōtokogi / sōtei

Rowing

カヤック

-

Kayakku

Kayaking

フィギュア スケート

-

Figyua sukēto

Figure skating

ボクシング

-

Bokushingu

Boxing

The Japanese are also well known for different martial arts or wrestling sports. Here are a few that you might have heard of before:

すもう

相撲

Sumō

Sumo

プロレス

-

Puroresu

Professional wrestling

からて

空手

Karate

Karate

あいきどう

合気道

Aikidō

Aikido

けんどう

剣道

Kendō

Kendo

じゅうどう

柔道

Jūdō

Judo

When making conversation with a new Japanese speaking friend, you may want to ask the following questions...

スポーツ は すき です か?

スポーツは好きですか?

Supōtsu wa sukidesu ka?

Do you like sports?

どの スポーツ が すき です か?

どのスポーツが好きですか?

Dono supōtsu ga sukidesu ka?

Which sports do you like?

なに か スポーツ を します か?

何かスポーツをしますか?

Nani ka supōtsu o shimasu ka?

Do you play any sports?

どの チーム を おうえん します か?

どのチームを応援しますか?

Dono chīmu o ōen shimasu ka?

Which team do you support?

テニス を しません か?

 

Tenisu o shimasen ka?

Would you like a game of tennis?

Right, I’m getting worn out from all this talk about sports. Time for a water break!

I hope we’ve covered your favorite sport. Next time you are watching or playing your favorite sport, think about it in Japanese. And when you meet a Japanese speaker, strike up a conversation about sports to put your practice to good use!

For more lessons on Japanese vocabulary I recommend these!

Sayōnara!

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Sayaka Matsuura
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