This was one of the coolest events of the day. While the girls did their separate dances, all the boys in the school worked together on this routine. It was choreographed over 100 years ago at a P.E. university in Tokyo, and schoolboys have been doing it for Sports Day ever since. It’s quite militaristic and Spartan.
The seniors got really emotional about it, since this was the last time they’ll ever do it in their lives. They really gave a talking-to to the younger boys, to make sure they appreciated what they were doing.
First, here are some pics of the beginning. The boys all march out very solemnly, then they pose while one strong, loud drum beats out a slow progression before they jump up and run into place. Then they start the chanting – check out the vid; they were so into it!