Boutaoshi, the new Japanese sport

The goal is to overtake the position on the pole from the other team which is protecting it. I can get a little rough...

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-2 1. imagic commented 8 years ago

only in Japan.........
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+26 2. smacker commented 8 years ago

New!?
I don't think so.
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+4 3. xzebte commented 8 years ago

ninjas but its a fun game
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+11 4. Xionbox (moderator) commented 8 years ago

Let's just hope players of this game don't become zombies one day, or we'll all be very very screwed.
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+25 5. TarasFromLviv commented 8 years ago

Ah, the daily portion of WTF from Japan. My day will now be calm :)
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+10 6. plurft commented 8 years ago

"LOLOL only in Japan". This is some event that happens at a military academy. Nobody else does that shit, and nobody even knows about it. Nobody ever says "LOLOL only in Scotland" when some assholes throw around trees and stones wearing skirts.
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+13 7. Baboon commented 8 years ago

From Wikipedia:
Bo-Taoshi (or pole pull-down) is a capture-the-flag-like game, played predominantly by cadets at National Defense Academy of Japan, wherein two teams of 75 individuals each vie for control of a single large pole.[1] One team begins in a defensive orientation respective to the pole, while the other attacks from a position some measure away from the pole once the match has commenced; the attacking team is victorious if it is able to lower the pole (which begins perpendicular to the ground) to a thirty-degree angle (respective to the ground). Until a rule-change in 1973, the angle of victory was only forty-five degrees.[2]
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+3 8. oldcurt6 commented 8 years ago

The N F L can sleep well tonight
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+4 9. Gorf commented 8 years ago

Am I the only one who thought they were wearing underpants on their head at the start?
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+1 10. agentreeko commented 8 years ago

broken ribs, arms and legs. each team should have a field hospital....
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+7 11. c0mmanderKeen commented 8 years ago

Looking forward to the chinese adaptation... with LARGE teams :P
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-1 12. crimson commented 8 years ago

what the fuuuu.....
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-3 13. FatalBaboon commented 8 years ago

IN SOVIET RUSSIA oh wait...
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+1 14. p00nie commented 8 years ago

That looks like a lot of fun :D The concept just makes me wanna say the words "tower defense" :x
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+1 15. JimDunlop commented 8 years ago

#2 and #7 are right. It's not new -- a friend of mine was on his high school's botaoshi team in Tokyo almost 40 years ago... And the point is to bring the pole down (as the wiki article pointed out). But it's definitely not just academy cadets who play it -- some high schools have it listed as a sport too.

But thanks for posting this. I had only heard of it -- never actually seen it until now. I'll be sure to show this to my friend. Who knows, it may be from his old high school?
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