Ice hockey has a long history in Japan with the game being imported in 1915, and the first official game taking place in 1923 between two departments of Hokkaido University. A professional league has been active in Japan in one form or another since 1966, and Japan has participated in many Olympic hockey tournaments.
Despite the early start the sport received in this country, it wallows in the shadows of popular sports such as baseball, soccer, and sumo. But hockey even lags behind in popularity and participation to other minor domestic sports like American football, volleyball, and rugby.
Perhaps because of the sport’s stature, English language news about Japanese hockey can be hard to come by, or downright impossible to obtain as all Japan Ice Hockey Federation news releases are in Japanese only, and not all Asia League Ice Hockey (which is Japan-based) news releases are translated into English.
So, this site aims to fill the void by providing unofficial translations of news releases about Japanese and Asian hockey, along with maybe some analysis and commentary in the future.
If you have any interest in Japanese and Asian hockey, I hope you find this site useful and informative.
I have decided to broaden the scope of this blog to include other Asia related sports and cultural topics as well. (10 Jan 2008 )