The 25th National Championship of the popular summer festival feature – Goldfish scooping was held on Aug. 18 in Yamatokoriyama, Nara Prefecture in Japan.
Goldfish scooping competition, organized by the national goldfish scooping federation and the city government, began in 1995.
Promoted with the phrase “The world champion will be decided here in Yamatokoriyama,” the latest competition added an English subtitle “Goldfish Scooping World Championship” to keep up with globalization. A video explaining the game’s rules was newly subtitled in English as well.
“ (Goldfish scooping) is Japan’s unique culture and sport. It’s also a means to interact with an increasing number of foreign visitors. We want to make this event well-known worldwide,” mayor Kiyoshi Ueda said at the opening ceremony.
There were three divisions in the contest: individual division for elementary and junior high school students, general and three-person. This year, a total of 1,850 participated in the competition, with 41 of them being foreigners.
Nonetheless, none of the divisions were won by foreigners.
“We may need a special training place for foreigners,” the mayor said.