Ka Jaapanis sõidetakse tünniga.

26.07.2009

Tub racing in Japan...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz_Hl5gBgLM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj_lqkGr3j4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTsI4ropVNg "In the 1930s and 40s, the banks of the Matsukawa River in Ito City, Japan were lined with people washing their laundry in small tubs. But since 1955 the tubs have become boats, and each year the locals and visitors participate in one interesting competition.More than 200 people are here to try their luck in the 54th annual tub boat race.30 heats including women, men, children, and teams are racing down a 400 meter stretch of the river. Half the fun depends on out-paddling fellow racers, and the other half requires keeping the tub afloat without falling out.Some tub racing enthusiasts have been coming here year after year.[Ichiro Sakamoto, Tub Race Contestant]:(Japanese, Male):"I've been participating in the race for 10 years now so I should know how to win, but it's still difficult because I'm getting older and heavier." The race is now starting to attract oversea visitors, too. This year's event included a race between teams from Japan and Italy.[Jason Block, American Tub Racer]:"This year was really good weather, I thought. It's not too hot, not too cold. Some people fell in but that's what happens sometimes. You do your best and it's all about participation. It was a lot of fun this year."Despite a few overturned or sunken tubs, all competitors survived to paddle another day."