Played the Tokyo Open last April. My job keeps me from entering tournaments do to the fact I work most Saturdays. I play the Tatsumi and HItachi monthlys on the third weekend of the month and the Showa Kinen monthly on the 4th Sunday.I'm going to play a few more tornaments this season. Shootin for at least four.
Unfortunately, not able to make it as the Open is on the last two days of our school year. Can't take these days off... Also, I've taken a bit of a breather from disc golf the past 10 months. The last tournament I played in was the Showa Open in November. I hope to make a return to DG events here in the Kanto area this coming fall.
BTW, I had a business trip to Beppu (visit to Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University) in March. I ended up having an afternoon off, so I zipped up to Fukuoka and played a quick round at the Uminonakamichi course. It was all very spontaneous, so didn't have time to plan ahead or contact anyone. Unfortunately, most of the first 10 holes was taken over by a day-long junior soccer tournament but I managed to play holes 3 to 8 (but with care not to hit the crowds nearby) and the more open 11 to 17. I can imagine all the different variations and special layouts that could be played on this course.
Not this year i was close to buying my ticket but i am playing around australia this year so i dont really have the money to travel to japan. There are going to be some of my disc golf buddies there though :O)
aloha jon , it can be anywhere from 4 to 14 players . depends on what time of the month , first weekend you have more golfers , or if there is a tournement coming up . but its usually its 3 to 4 players at mackenzie on sunday. i haven't play wailoa in a while ( my secretary had a baby and is out for another month , so i can't take time off of work to play. and some day i'll get around to playing the college course at u.h. of hilo. that a little disc golf on the east side of the big island. aloha david
Not sure when, but maybe I'll make it down to play some of the Kyushu courses some day. In December I ran into one of your fellow Oregon DGers, Dana Lawton at a couple of events. Know him? He used to live in Corvalis a few years ago but is now in Singapore. Where did you attend college in Oregon? I'm a college counselor. Have sent quite a few students to places like Lewis & Clark and U of O over the years.
Glad to hear I'm not the only gaijin tosser with poor putting. When I score well, it's rarely because of the putting. I rely on getting as close as possible on drives and upshots.
Just got back from a day's outing at the Hitachi Kaihin course. Around 55 folks braved a very windy, cold morning with snow flurries that were not expected; it finally calmed down during the last 9 holes of the 36-hole tourney sponsored by Club Jr. Shirai (Kazuo) won today, as he does often in events up here. I missed a few short putts (5 to 6 meter range), as I am prone to do (putting is something I've got to work on), but still managed to come in 5th and get a candy Roc out of the deal.
At today's event I met Bucci, our fellow DGRUS member (and, I notice, frequent contributor to the site), for the first time. Nice guy who is very avid about DG.
Will try not to ramble too long, but here's a short self intro of how I recently got into the Japanese DG scene.
I've played DG informally since college days in the 70's (mostly object courses that I made up with friends) -- yup, at 53 I'm a grandmaster old fart. While my two boys were growing up I did not play much at all. I was too busy playing other sports with them (mainly baseball and ball golf, their passions). But they're both gone off to college now -- older son finishing up college in Minnesota in a year and younger son just started up in southern Cal last September.
My wife doesn't do sports, so to kill time on my "empty nest" weekends, I started playing Monthly DG events last September ('08). My first monthly was at Showa Park, which is around 40 minutes from my house. Everyone was very welcoming and encouraged me to go to other Tokyo-area monthlies and events. Heck, why not? SInce then, I have played two or three weekends each month in various events (monthlies, tourneys) and have enjoyed meeting others who love the sport for the first time in many years. (Most of my friends are puzzled with my involvement in the sport.) Also nice to play their "tokusetsu" (special) courses, since the regular layouts tend to be too short and/or lacking challenge.
The highlight so far was playing two days as a Grandmaster at the Japan Nationals at the Minami Soma course (tied for 2nd) and winning a one-day Advanced Amateur tourney at Showa. But I could care less whether I win or not. Just fun to play and get the competitive juices flowing...
I've been taking a lot of photos and taking notes about the Japan DG scene, so my plan (when I have the time; not sure when) is to upload the photos and share my impressions of Japan DG eventually on to this site. I know Bucci-san has an international disc golfer group. I've toyed with the idea of doing one centered on Japan and allowing Japanese DGers to post stuff in either English or Japanese, but not sure how that would be viewed by the non-Nihongo DGRUS community.
I assume you play with the Kajiyama brothers down in Fukuoka? Haven't met them, but I watched Manabu for a bit at the nationals. Up here I run into and get into foursomes off-and-on with Shirai-san (the Papa-san of DG up here; and he's very good) as well as G (Jitsuhiro), who I think was tops in Japan for awhile, and a few others that are in the top tier. They beat me easily, but no matter -- there all very kind and welcoming.
Sorry for the long ramble. I tend to do that once I'm in front of a keyboard.
P.S. What brings you / brought you to Japan? I grew up here. My folks were Lutheran missionaries, so spent my formative years in Hiroshima and latter childhood in Tokyo. Am working at my alma mater, the American School in Japan, as a school counselor. Great kids to work with; great job.
Ya, I'm still in Oregon man how have you been? Nice to see your doing so well and all living in Japan. I'm hoping to get out there for the next Japan Open. Are you coming back to the States any time this year? Hit me up if you do we have a lot of stuff going on around here. See ya bro, stay in touch.
Welcome Club of Overseas Player.
Will Please give my best regards to the member in the living in Japan in the future because it is few.
I wanted ..Uminonakamichi park.. ..round.. to have made it some time ..me...
ようこそClub of Overseas Playerへ。
Nice to meet you.
It is Bucci that participates from Japan in this site.
It is possible to become acquainted with Discgolfer in various countries on this site.
It is really wonderful.
Please visit the following club if it is good.
Club of Overseas Player
O.K. my friend. throw em straight. And about the Worst Player of 2007, the local club leader titled me with that honor at our end of the year party, that was just before my partner and I beat he and his partner by 3 strokes. TRUE STORY, so who's on the bottom now ?
Jon, way far away in Japan, WOW. And Dexter Michigan is a home course ? Are you studying in Japan ? Anyhow, peace and discn are my two of my best friends, how about you ? wanna join me in promoting peace when you godiscn ?
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