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Let’s Enjoy Autumn Sports to the Fullest!

Manoel is an exchange student. On his way to university, he comes across his neighbor Miki, who is walking along with a racquet bag slung over her shoulder.

Let’s Enjoy Autumn Sports to the Fullest!

Manoel

Hello there Miki! That sportswear that you’re wearing really suits you.

Miki

Well thank you very much, it’s nice of you to say. I’m actually just on my way to a nearby park to practice tennis with a circle of friends.

Manoel

Tennis? That sounds great! I also want to do some form of sport. Because it’s autumn, a time of year when food is delicious, I tend to put on a little too much weight. Recently, I went and looked at a gym. However, actually joining it was a bit beyond my budget.

Miki

If that is the case, why not make use of public sports facilities? Here in downtown Tokyo and also in the surrounding municipalities, there are lots of reasonably-priced public sports facilities that you can use. Actually, the tennis circle which I am a member of always makes use of tennis courts that belong to the city.

Manoel

So what about such public sports facilities? Are there also training gyms available?

Miki

Yes. However, the facilities actually available at public gymnasiums and sports centers tend to vary by location. In addition to training gyms which tend to be a rather common occurrence, it is possible to enjoy a range of other sports as well. For example, some gymnasiums are equipped with facilities such as heated pools, and others have basketball and futsal courts. There are even some martial arts halls, etc.

Manoel

Wow, that sounds great!

Miki

And among the different facilities, there are some with training gyms who have qualified staff on hand to teach patrons about training techniques. There are also others, for example, that offer lessons in swimming and table tennis. There are even some facilities that offer various programs including dance, yoga and Pilates, etc.

Manoel

So what about the facilities run by the respective municipalities? Isn’t it the case that only residents of those municipalities are able to use them?

Miki

It seems that many people think that. However, there are also facilities that anybody can use.

Manoel

If that is the case, then I should be able to find somewhere that I would like to use myself.

While talking about sport, the pair begin to reflect on the summer’s Olympics.

Miki

That’s got me thinking. Aren’t you originally from Rio de Janeiro? It seems that your home town was pretty lively over the summer with the Olympics!

Manoel

Yes, it was! I actually had the opportunity to take a short summer holiday and pop back home. I really enjoyed the Olympic atmosphere on the ground. I also feel proud that my country had the opportunity to host the first Olympics to be held in South America. More than anything, however, it was great that Brazil managed to win the soccer.

Miki

For me, what left the deepest impression was that Japan picked up the silver medal in the men’s 400-meter relay in the athletics. This autumn, due to the resonance of the Olympics, I reckon there might be a great many people who will think about starting some sort of sport.

Manoel

That might well be the case. Last year in autumn as well, I seemed to travel continuously while fully enjoying Japan’s scenery. This year, however, I think I will try and fully enjoy doing some form of sport. I reckon what you told me about the different sports facilities might come in very handy.

Miki

I’m glad I could help.

Manoel

And after thoroughly exercising, I can then fully enjoy the flavors of autumn!

Miki

Yes! But let’s all be careful not to eat too much!
Sports information portal site in Tokyo ‘SPORTS TOKYO INFORMATION’
Let’s search out sports facilities! Find more information at:
http://www.sports-tokyo.info/sti/search/en/EnglishSportsFacilitiesInformationSearch.jsp