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Aichi-Ken dominates bowling competition at 70th National Sports Festival

The prefecture (ken) of Aichi led both, the overall point list and the female point list, in the bowling competition of the 70th Japanese National Sports Festival, which was held from Sep. 26 – Oct. 2 at Kinokawa Bowl in Iwade-shi, Wakayama-Ken, Japan.

The players from Aichi accumulated 139 points in the men’s and women’s adult and juvenile divisions to finish well ahead of Kanagawa and Tokyo, who finished in second and third place with 82.5 and 72.5, respectively.

2015NSFYusukeMasumizu.jpg2015NSFMisakiMukotani.jpgAichi-Ken also led the point ranking in the female division (adult and juvenile) with 67 points, just 2.5 points ahead of Tokyo (64.5) with Okayama a distant third at 41 points.

Photo above shows overall point leader Aichi.

Yusuke Masumizu of Fukuoka (pictured left) averaged 226.89 for nine games to win the title in adult Singles with 2042 pinfall total. National team member Misaki Mukotani of Chiba (right) captured her fourth consecutive women’s Singles title with 2031 or an average of 225.67.


2015NSFTomoyaYamashita.jpg2015NSFRenaObayashi.jpgThe individual titles for juveniles (15-17 years of age) went to Tomoya Yamashita of Tokyo (left) and Rena Obayashi of Okayama (right). Yamashita toppled 1989 pins (221 avg.) to win the boys’ division, while Obayashi average 222 to beat out defending champion Shion Izumune of Ehime for the girls’ top spot by six pins, 1992 to 1998.

The National Sports Festival is Japan’s largest annual multi-sports event. Every year a prefecture (Ken) – one after the other – hosts and organizes all the sports competitions in cooperation with each sport’s national governing body.

The Japan Sports Association and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, Sports and Technology were the co-organizers of the event.

The Japan Bowling Congress (JBC) served as organizer of the bowling competition which featured Singles (Boys, Girls, Men and Women), two-player Team event (Boys, Girls, Men and Women) and four-Player Team event (Men and Women).

The Japan Bowling Congress (JBC) served as organizer of the bowling competition which featured Singles, Doubles and Team event in four divisions: men’s and women’s adult (18 years and over) and men’s and women’s juvenile (15-17 years of age).

In each sport, points were awarded to the prefectures based on their players’ positions. The points from all sports were tabulated and the Emperor’s Cup was awarded to the prefecture which got the most overall points from all divisions while the Empress’ Cup was awarded to the prefecture with most points in the female division only.

Points for Emperor’s and Empress’ Cup in the bowling competition:
Singles: 1st place – 8 points, 2nd place – 7, … and 8th place – 1 point.
Doubles/Team: 1st place – 24 points, 2nd place – 21, … and 8th place – 3 points.

At the conclusion of the 2015 Festival, the Emperor’s Cup went to the to the host prefecture, Wakayama-Ken, while Tokyo-To received the Empress’ Cup for the third consecutive year.

Courtesy of Masahiko Kosugi, Japan Bowling Congress.

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70th National Sports Festival – Four-Player Team Results

Prefectures with position, players and 24-game total; click image to enlarge.

Men

1. Kanagawa (Tomoyuki Sasaki, Osamu Kikuchi, Yuta Saito, Koichi Kawada), 5308
2. Aichi (Mitsuhiro Otsuki, Hiroya Tamura, Masami Takano, Daisuke Yoshida), 5051
3. Osaka (Masaaki Takemoto, Ryosuke Sichino, Yuto Moriya, Tsuneo Hamada), 4960
4. Miyagi (Kazutaka Takahashi, Ryuta Numata, Toshiyuki Teshima, Tomonobu Hayasaka), 4826
5. Hokkaido (Yoshikuni Tachiki, Toshihiro Matsunaga, Kazune Obama, Shingo Hoki), 4823
6. Oita (Ryo Oaki, Ikuya Kudo, Takayuki Susumu, Tadashi Ogata), 4811
7. Ibaraki (Tsubasa Saito, Kohei Haruta, Kazunobu Isogai, Kenji Iimura), 4703
8. Aomori (Yoichiro Kudo, Yuichi Fukabori, Kensuke Sasaki, Toshinori Kudo), 4630

Women

1. Osaka (Miyuki Takanami, Rika Yamamoto, Tomoko Kyoi, Maki Nakano), 4737
2. Hokkaido (Eri Hoki, Naomi Koga, Emiri Seino, Yuria Fukuzono), 4710
3. Gifu (Nanami Irie, Saeko Hishida, Miki Tanihara, Hikaru Takekawa), 4615
4. Tokyo (Kana Minowa, Nonomi Akiyama, Mana Yoshida, Kazumi Kimura), 4531
5. Aichi (Yuka Yoshida, Yuki Katakabe, Seika Matsuo, Miwa Natsume), 4494
6. Hiroshima (Mirai Ishimoto, Kayoko Hatada, Misa Mochizuki, Hiromi Kadota), 4471
7. Chiba (Kana Shimoide, Miki Takayama, Mariko Ishii, Misaki Mukotani), 4452
8. Kumamoto (Miho Matsumoto, Chieko Hirata, Futaba Imai, Akiko Nakagawa), 4441

70th National Sports Festival – Two-Player Team Results

Players with position, prefecture and 18-game total

Men

1. Kanagawa A (Osamu Kikuchi, Tomoyuki Sasaki), 3847
2. Aichi A (Mitsuhiro Otsuki, Daisuke Yoshida), 3802
3. Fukuoka A (Sho Watanabe, Yusuke Masumizu), 3787
4. Hokkaido B (Kazune Obama, Shingo Hoki), 3750
5. Kyoto A (Yoshihiro Kamite, Koji Kamite), 3750
6. Kanagawa B (Yuta Saito, Koichi Kawada), 3710
7. Fukushima A (Kunio Endo, Masaru Ito), 3639
8. Kumamoto B (Kazuhiro Murakami, Tomohiro Shimobayashi), 3629

Women

1. Tokyo A (Kana Minowa, Kazumi Kimura), 3664
2. Fukushima A (Miki Okochi, Eiko Suzuki), 3660
3. Aichi B (Yuki Katakabe, Yuka Yoshida), 3601
4. Wakayama A (Mina Kakizoe, Maki Kawaguchi), 3570
5. Hiroshima A (Mirai Ishimoto, Hiromi Kadota), 3550
6. Hokkaido B (Emiri Seino, Naomi Koga), 3520
7. Miyagi A (Asuka Endo, Risa Iwamoto), 3511
8. Tokyo B (Nozomi Akiyama, Mana Yoshida), 3410

Boys

1. Aichi (Yuta Kodo, Sayato Takahira), 3968
2. Mie (Yuta Takagi, Yuki Kato), 3819
3. Hiroshima (Tomoya Yamamoto, Shusuke Miyawaki), 3779
4. Osaka (Toshimasa Yoshino, Naruto Yamada), 3742
5. Kyoto (Tsunehiro Nomura, Keiju Utsu), 3689
6. Ibaraki (Riku Masui, Tomohiro Yoshida), 3682
7. Kumamoto (Takashi Iwami, Shotaro Hirakawa), 3633
8. Wakayama (Yasuke Uemura, Sota Uemura), 3616

Girls

1. Ehime (Manami Ochi, Shion Izumune), 3664
2. Aichi (Wakana Mizutani, Ai Yamanouchi), 3672
3. Okayama (Yuka Kono, Rena Obayashi), 3593
4. Chiba (Yuna Mukotani, Miku Urano), 3590
5. Kanagawa (Seika Fujiwara, Kaya Sakamoto), 3506
6. Wakayama (Hanae Isegawa, Mareka Akata), 3483
7. Tokyo (Chinami Ishimaru, Migumi Kitamura), 3413
8. Shizuoka (Mizuho Ono, Mari Ozawa), 3405

70th National Sports Festival – Singles Results

Players with position, prefecture and 9-game total

Men

1. Yusuke Masumizu (Fukuoka), 2042
2. Atsushi Ibuki (Shiga), 2020
3. Akira Ura (Okinawa), 2015
4. Reiji Takabuchi (Okayama), 1999
5. Masatake Saito (Tokushima), 1989
(tie) Yuta Saito (Kanagawa), 1989
7. Toshihiro Matsunaga (Hokkaido), 1953
8. Takuya Kawasaki (Ishikawa), 1880

Women

1. Misaki Mukotani (Chiba), 2031
2. Kazumi Kimura (Tokyo), 1904
(tie) Mari Kimura (Tokushima), 1904
4. Hikaru Takekawa (Gifu), 1871
5. Seika Matsuo (Aichi), 1867
6. Tatsu Yamasaki (Kyoto), 1846
7. Maki Nakano (Osaka), 1833
8. Yuka Oshima (Saitama), 1801

Boys

1. Tomoya Yamashita (Tokyo), 1989
2. Yasuke Uemura (Wakayama), 1933
3. Sayato Takahira (Aichi), 1917
4. Shusuke Miyawaki (Hiroshima), 1915
5. Ryuichi Kamata (Tokushima), 1856
6. Sota Uemura (Wakayama), 1823
7. Riku Masui (Ibaraki), 1817
8. Yuta Hatakawa (Aomori), 1721

Girls

1. Rena Obayashi (Okayama), 1998
2. Shion Izumune (Ehime), 1992
3. Miko Urano (Saitama), 1888
4. Yuka Kono (Okayama), 1842
5. Rin Sakura (Mie), 1816
6. Mari Ozawa (Shizuoka), 1797
7. Wakana Mizutani (Aichi), 1778
8. Mizuho Ono (Shizuoka), 1757

70th National ‘Sports Festival Tokyo’ – Bowling Competition Points

Men’s and Women’s Overall Point Standings for the President’s trophy

1. Aichi 139
2. Kanagawa 82.5
3. Tokyo 72.5
4. Hokkaido 69
(tie) Osaka 69
6. Hiroshima 54
7. Wakayama 47
8. Okayama 46
9. Ehime 41
10. Chiba 39
11.Fukushima 37
(tie) Kyoto 37
13. Fukuoka 36
14. Mie 35
15. Gifu 33
16. Miyagi 31
17. Ibaraki 27
18. Tokushima 24
19. Kumamoto 22
20. Oita 19
21. Saitama 17
(tie) Shizuoka 17
(tie) Shiga 17
24. Okinawa 16
25. Aomori 14
26. Ishikawa 11
27. Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, Tochigi, Gunma, Niigata, Nagano, Toyama, Fukui, Hyogo, Nara, Tottori, Shimane, Yamaguchi, Kagawa, Kochi, Saga, Nagasaki, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima – all 10 points.

Women’s Overall Point Standings

1. Aichi 67
2. Tokyo 64. 5
3. Okayama 41
3. Ehime 41
5. Hokkaido 40
6. Chiba 39
7. Osaka 36
8. Wakayama 34
9. Gifu 33
10. Fukushima 31
(tie) Hiroshima 31
12. Kanagawa 22
13. Saitama 17
(tie) Shizuoka 17
15. Tokushima 16. 5
16. Miyagi 16
17. Mie 14
18. Kyoto 13
(tie) Kumamoto 13
20. Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Yamagata, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Yamanashi, Niigata, Nagano, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Shiga, Nara, Tottori, Shimane, Yamaguchi, Kagawa, Kochi, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima and Okinawa – all 10 points.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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