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Regional Academia Web Course “The Birth of Hakone Ekiden and Sports Biography”

This course traces the history of the ``Hakone Ekiden,'' which will be held for the 100th time in 2024, a century after the first Tokyo-Hakone Kanto University Ekiden in 1920. We will examine the historical background of the birth of Hakone Ekiden and the history of track and field sports during the Taisho period. I would like to focus the lecture on the people involved in the early days of the Hakone Ekiden and consider the significance of the 100th anniversary event from a sports historical perspective.

[Birth of Hakone Ekiden and sports biography]

◆Holding period: 2023 course

◆Course field: Sports culture course

◆Lecture title: “The Birth of Hakone Ekiden and Sports Biography”

◆ Target audience: General working adults and students

◆Holding format: Online lecture

◆Holding date: Saturday, February 3, 2024, Saturday, February 10, 2024

◆Number of lectures: 6 times

◆Student capacity: 90 people per session (first come first served)

◆Course fee: ¥3,000 (6 lessons per person, including teaching materials)

◆How to apply:Our website participation application formPre-register by


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The historical significance of the 1st Hakone Ekiden

Lecturer: Masahiro Ariyoshi
(Professor Emeritus of Tokyo Gakugei University,

Chairman of the Kanto Student Athletics Federation)

Saturday, February 3, 2024


1. After the 100th Hakone Ekiden

2. History and tradition of Hakone Ekiden

3. From Hakone Ekiden to the world

Part 2 Biography ①
“Jigoro Kano” Pioneer of popularizing long-distance running

 Lecturer: Hisashi Sanada

(Special Professor, University of Tsukuba)

Saturday, February 3rd


Jigoro Kano, who founded Kodokan Judo in 1882, also aimed to popularize long-distance running and swimming nationwide. Why did he aim to popularize long-distance running? I would like to trace his thoughts and achievements.

Part 3 Biography ②
Realizing the vision of Master Shizo Kanakuri

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Lecturer: Hisashi Sanada

(Special Professor, University of Tsukuba)

Saturday, February 3rd


When Kanakuri entered Tokyo Higher Normal School, the principal was Jigoro Kano. Following Principal Kano's thoughts and expectations, Kanakuri attempts to make the Hakone Ekiden a reality. What was he aiming for further?

4thBiography ③
"Genzaburo Noguchi"student track and fieldof the founding

A hard worker

Lecturer: Taro Obayashi
(Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Education, University of Tsukuba)

(Physical education history/sports person)typology))

Saturday, February 10, 2024


We will explore the background of Genzaburo Noguchi, who is said to be one of the founders of the ``Hakone Ekiden,'' as well as his footsteps as Japan's leading decathlon athlete, and consider the thoughts he put into this relay den. We will also introduce historical materials related to the Japanese team's participation in the Paris Olympics (1924) after the Great Kanto Earthquake.

No. 5 Biography ④
"Hisumi Shibuya" Establishment and operation of relay race

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  Lecturer: Akihisa Shibuya
(Professor Emeritus, University of Yamanashi Prefecture)

Saturday, August 6

16: 20-17: 30

Shibuya served as the head judge of the Hakone Ekiden for 30 years after the war, and when he was assigned to his alma mater, Odawara Junior High School, as a teacher, he conducted a detailed on-site investigation of the Hakone Ekiden route and course. Through Toshimitsu Shibuya, we examine the people who were involved in the founding of the Hakone Ekiden and the state of the old Odawara Junior High School at the time.

No. 6 Past and future of Hakone Ekiden

Lecturer: Yukihiro Tagami
(Yomiuri Shimbun Editorial Department Sports Department)


Saturday, February 10th


We will explain the role that the Hakone Ekiden has played in Japan's track and field world from the perspective of a reporter who covered the 100th edition, and look ahead to the 101st edition and beyond. We will also introduce details of the heated battles and behind-the-scenes stories.

[Instructor introduction]

*Please note that after the 3rd and 6th sessions, there will be approximately 30 minutes of time for questions from the students.

Mr. Masahiro Ariyoshi

(Specially Appointed Professor at Teikyo University of Science, Professor Emeritus at Tokyo Gakugei University, Chairman of the Kanto Student Athletics Federation,

 Vice President of Japan Student Athletics Union)


Born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1947, during his time at Tokyo University of Education (currently the University of Tsukuba), he participated in the Hakone Ekiden for four consecutive years, won an intercollege prize, and participated in the Fukuoka International Marathon. After completing graduate school at Tokyo University of Education, he taught at Tokai University from his first appearance in the Hakone Ekiden to a 6th place finish, then moved to Tokyo Gakugei University and engaged in education research for 35 years, while also serving as principal of Oizumi Elementary School and head of the art and sports science department. Retired after retirement.

His books include ``Elementary School Athletics'' (Fumaido), ``Long Distance, Marathon, and Ekiden'' (Seibido), ``Kaisoujutsu'' (Nippon Jitsugyo Publishing), ``Trail Running'' (Iwanami Shoten), and ``Running in Hakone.'' The Brave Figures Are Now” (Fumaido Publishing), etc. National Junior High School Ekiden NHK TV Commentary (2001-2004)

Mr. Hisashi Sanada

(Special Professor, University of Tsukuba)


Born in Tokyo in 1955. Completed graduate school at the University of Tsukuba. Ph.D. (Human Sciences)

He conducts historical research on the Olympic Games from ancient times to modern times, as well as Olympic education.

Chairman of the Japanese Olympic Academy

President of the Japanese Society of Sports Anthropology

IOC Olympic Research Center Grant Research Selection Committee

Former Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee Advisor

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Mr. Taro Obayashi
(Assistant Professor, Physical Education Department, University of Tsukuba (Physical Education History/Sports Anthropology))


Born in 1988 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Graduated from the College of Physical Education, University of Tsukuba, and completed graduate school there (PhD: Physical Education Science). He assumed his current position in 2020 after studying abroad in Olympia, Greece, and serving as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Special Researcher (DC2).
He has served as a representative committee member for young researchers at the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sports (ISHPES), and as a historical researcher (sports history) for the 2019 NHK Taiga drama "Idaten: Tokyo Olympic Story." At the University of Tsukuba, he teaches lectures on the history of physical education and sports and the Olympic movement, and serves as a coach (in charge of mixed events) for the track and field club.

Mr. Akihisa Shibuya

(Professor Emeritus, University of Yamanashi Prefecture)


Born in 1956 in Matsuda Town, Kanagawa Prefecture. Graduated from Chuo University Faculty of Law in 1980, joined Mitsubishi Bank, and completed graduate school at the University of Tsukuba in 2008. Doctor of Laws. After retiring from the bank in 2009, he became a professor at the Faculty of International Policy, Yamanashi Prefectural University. After retiring in March 2022, he will become the representative of the Regional Academia Research and Practice Organization. His specialty is civil law, but he also researches the sports history of his grandfather, Hisamitsu Shibuya. Related publications include ``How was the Hakone Ekiden course created? A study on the history of Ekiden through Hisamitsu Shibuya'' (2019).

Mr. Yukihiro Tagami
(Yomiuri Shimbun Editorial Department Sports Department)


Born in 1975. Joined Yomiuri Shimbun in 1997. After working in the Maebashi branch office, he was assigned to the editorial department's sports department in 2003. He has been involved in sports reporting for over 20 years, including his time at the Chubu branch. The 100th tournament will be my 10th time covering Hakone Ekiden.

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◆Contact: Regional Academia Research and Practice Organization Tel: 050-3479-1511

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