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06-17-2009, 03:51 PM #171
07-05-2009, 11:20 AM #172
I will move to Tokyo for work in late Sept for at least 2 yrs and would like to find some badminton games around Shinjuku. Do you have any suggestions? I play average but I have not played for nearly 2 years. And I cannot speak Japanese although I am trying hard to learn some before I reach.
Thanks for your kindly help
07-06-2009, 01:40 AM #173
We play badminton in Shibuya (3stops from Shinjuku) on Sunday morning.
Some members can use English. There are players from beginner to advanced.
If you can join us, let me know.
See you soon
07-06-2009, 11:16 AM #174
Thanks for your quick reply. I am looking forward to play with you guys once i settle. How could I contact you? You can be reached in this forum, right? Thanks.
07-06-2009, 09:09 PM #175
e-mail me to my PC : email@example.com
If you are ok, I will add you on our mailing list. We inform the date of badminton session on the ML. And when you settle your life in Japan, you can join it anytime you want.
If you don't want to join the ML, tell me when you can join.
When you write here, I can also reach here because this website send a mail to me as someone write here.
There are badminton shops in Shibuya and Shinjuku.
If you want some, I can take you there or give you a map.
Talk to you later
08-06-2009, 10:38 AM #176
Hello, are there any badminton courts/groups in fukuoka, japan? or anywhere near fukuoka? I was thinking if I accept to stay in japan for a year, I might as well look for a badminton group here.
09-19-2009, 12:26 AM #177
It is very important to note that the system in Japan is not very good for badminton.
When I say not good I mean NOT USER FRIENDLY for badminton.
I recommend not to take Miyuki's advice as the last word as to how to play and enjoy badminton in Tokyo.
Most courts are overly managed and there are no club facilities and dedicated courts for badminton except for maybe a couple embassy's (to the best of my knowledge).
Japanese courts are well maintained but they are very picky about indoor shoes. You cannot leave your door and expect to play in those same shoes. Be sure to bring your indoor gym shoes in a separate bag. They will check it at most facilities.
Courts are mostly public city/ward courts
or courts on elementary school courts on evenings and weekends.
Public courts usually have no system. If you go by yourself you may not get a chance to play. I know even in the US, if you are waiting on the court either by yourself or a pair or 4 of you after the previous game is finished the next group comes on. This is not the case in Japan.
If you do not know someone they will be hesitant to play with you and allow you join their court.
If there is a coordinator (shido-in) they often use a lotto system and in this case in particular you will find it difficult to find someone to play with (of your level in particular).
The challenge system is virtually unheard of here.
Most public courts are monopolized by a single club
The elementary school courts are usually small clubs. The clubs have a coordinator that may or may not arrange matches according to level.
Sometimes they have dues or you may just pay every time. Most do not allow anyone that they don't know but I suggest you ask if you can join.
What to do!?
I recommend to try making friends with a few clubs. Clubs are limited to days they have access to facilities. The facilities rotate the schedule amongst other activities, clubs and groups so they usually only have fixed days. The more clubs you have a relationship with the better.
Try to make as many local badminton friends as possible as soon as possible.
Go to courts in pairs or groups of 4. Japan rarely allows singles play. Only in very early hours of the session or the last 10 min.
Find a group where foreigners are active. Chinese, Malay, etc are avid players and usually congregate at the more friendly clubs.
If you need specific recommendations please send me a message. I can recommend places where the level is pretty advanced near Shinjuku that has a very open environment.
09-23-2009, 10:09 PM #178
where are you playing?
Atleat in Nerima ku where i am playing regularly for the last one year, i like the system they manage the courts. I agree if you are alone its difficult to get a slot or join with the groups already playing. In Nerima ku public gyms they release the games schedule before 2 months. check the schedule and go there with your group(atleast 2 members) and they allot slots first come first serve. depending on the facility its either one hour slot or 3 hours slot. If you can go early you are sure to get the slot.
09-23-2009, 11:01 PM #179
I play at the genki-kan in Shinjuku (Okubo/Takadanobaba) amongst various places.
Thank you for mentioning the rental of courts. I forgot touch on this. I have not done this myself but the clubs I attend do that regularly.
But I do know that certain slots are usually monopolized as various clubs have their fixed days.
I know this because my club is there every week, same time, same place. Reason is because it has been pre-negotiated with the other clubs. It is extremely hard to grab any of these fixed time slots.
Last edited by Dancestar; 09-23-2009 at 11:09 PM.
09-24-2009, 12:05 AM #180
>>But I do know that certain slots are usually monopolized as various clubs have their fixed days.
even we can form a team with atleast 10 members(atleast 5 members living in the same ward where the facility is located) and register the team, we can apply for the time slots. If there are no other teams applying during the same time slot you are usually allotted the time slot.In case there are more than one team applying for the same time solt they pick the draw. May be in that genki-kan gym no other badminton club is active or they are working with mutual understanding
In my office we have footsal team and i came to know about this process from them.
09-30-2009, 08:46 PM #181
This Friday, does anyone anygroup plays Badminton in Tokyo ?
If yes, please let me know, thank you so much.
Anyway, I am on vacation and going back to Thailand this Saturday.
Thank you so much.
10-05-2009, 09:18 AM #182
I saw your comment just now. Sorry I didn't manage anything.
Could you play??
10-05-2009, 09:38 AM #183
Hi, this is miyuki.
I understand what you said.
About indoor shoes, not only for badminton. When we play Other sports, we also need a indoor shoes. It is a culture, I think.
Some of badminton players are not friendly. But others are kind and helpful.
There are many system and rules in a team. There is few courts only for badminton in Japan. But I didn't hear that there is in Tokyo.
We play in Shibuya with non-japanese from this forum and Japanese players.
There are any level from bigginer until advanced, I think we can enjoy to play together.
As you said, I also reccomend all people to make many local friends. When you go a club, you may not find a good person. But I don't want you all to give up to find new place. and communicate with them.
Actually some Japanese may not be friendly. But it isn't only for non-Japanese. When I came to Tokyo, it is also difficult for me to find a good place and good badminton friends.
When you have time, come to join us in Shibuya on Saturday night.
maybe not so bad, I believe.
Last edited by Miyuki; 10-05-2009 at 09:41 AM.
10-05-2009, 09:47 AM #184
There are many places in Fukuoka, I think.
Fukuoka is not small. So when you diceide a place to stay, had better to find a place.
there is no court only for badminton. So the place to play depends on your time to play.
10-05-2009, 10:43 AM #185
from Bruno Li
Hi, Miyuki san:
I am Bruno Li from Boston, MA to visit my friend here in Kawagoe city (Kawagoe station in Tobu-Tochou line) from 2 weeks until Oct.21
Hope you can help me to find a badminton club near by to play some games.
I do not speak Japanese(I speak both Mandarin and Cantonese); but my friend speaks Japanese(will be with me).
I usually play 3-4 times a week in Boston, and I am a B-level player.
I usually play mix doubles and mens doubles games.
How long to take me to your club? 1 hour?
10-05-2009, 12:45 PM #186
This year I missed the time of Yonex Open Japan 2009.
But I did visit Tokyo the day after the competition was over.
Sorry that I didn't post my will earlier about finding some badminton club
to join in Tokyo. Probably next year I'd better inform you sooner.
Hope you are fine. Did you see Yonex Open Japan 2009 anyway ? Now I already backed to Bangkok
10-05-2009, 12:54 PM #187
I did not mean unfriendly. I meant the system used by the courts is not user friendly.
Most people playing badminton in Japan are friendly.
The problem I see is:
- Winner stay system is not used on any courts in Japan.
(BUT, in Meguro one place does this on one court)
- Challenge system is not used on any courts in Japan.
- Singles play is not considered
That is all.
- Winner stay system is not used on any courts in Japan.
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