Thursday, 23 March 2017
Japan Open Combines Competition with Camaraderie

The philosophy of Japan Open has always been to act as a vehicle for unifying flying disc sports, not just in Japan, but throughout the world.   Gaining players from eleven different nations this year will help Hero Disc achieve its perpetual mission at strengthening the disc golf community by leaving a lingering impression on the players, on the facility, on the nation, and on the fans that transcends our sport Indeed, with 30 brand new Innova DISCatcher Pro Targets being purchased for the JAPAN OPEN by Mr. Kozo Shimbo every two years, Japanese disc golf realizes the lasting effects of the tournament by gaining new courses that can be seeded with brand new targets upon the conclusion of the event.

The Nasu Pure Cottages have been one of the beneficiaries of the targets, as they will soon host a regulation size 9-hole course.

Other prefectures have also been in the wake of the rising disc golf tide that originates from the Japan Open.  Here’s a list of where targets from the last two Japan Opens have landed, and where the 2008 Japan Open baskets will go: 

PLACES, NUMBER OF TARGETS AND YEARS FOR JAPAN OPEN DONATED DISCATCHERS

Town

Place

Prefecture

No. of Holes

Japan Open Year

Nasu

Purcottage

Tochigi

9

2004

Akagi

Rinkangakuen

Gunma

9

2004

Kiyohara

Ryokuchi

Tochigi

9

2006

Shoudoshima

Hotel Oribian

Kagawa

9

2006

Tabuse

Umamikyouwakoku

Yamaguchi

9

2006

Minamiaizu

Ohkawa Furusato Kouen

Fukushima

9

2008

Nasu

Purcottage

Tochigi

9

2008

Minamisouma

Bajikouen

Fukushima

9

2008

 

Beyond the hardware, however, the Japan Open does the things that disc golf should always aim to achieve as our sport grows beyond its United States borders: 1. respect the game as a means for recreation and immersion into nature; 2. respect the players with whom we play; 3. respect the hosts and organizers for all their hard work and dedication; 4. respect the cultural differences in all persons, not just those in various lands, but those close to home, as well; and, most importantly, 5. celebrate the similarities that we all share, as we enjoy outdoor recreation, the flight of the disc, and the lasting friendships we are afforded with the privilege of being a disc golfer. 

Achieving such a mission makes the Japan Open a success, not just by advancing the sport of disc golf, but by bringing the world together to share in our common humanity.