Japanese schools and unicycling

Just stumbled across this website… maybe it’s old news, but I found it really cool. Especially their system of levels.

http://www.edu.net-kochi.gr.jp/home/issai-e/eng/gyouzi/gyouzi6.30.htm

Is anyone well-versed in the topic of unicycling in Japanese schools?

tron wrote:
>
> Just stumbled across this website… maybe it’s old news, but I found it
> really cool. Especially their system of levels.
>
> http://www.edu.net-kochi.gr.jp/home/issai-e/eng/gyouzi/gyouzi6.30.htm
>
> Is anyone well-versed in the topic of unicycling in Japanese schools?

I think that is so cool!

But… did you try reading the “English” description next to the pics.

It was such a well-meaning attempt and I applaud them, but it reminds me
of when American comedians make fun of British speech by speaking
gibberish with an English accent! :slight_smile:

Christopher Grove

Greetings

In message “Re: Japanese schools and unicycling”, Christopher Grove
wrote…
>tron wrote:
>>
>> Just stumbled across this website… maybe it’s old news, but I found
>> it really cool. Especially their system of levels.
>>
>> http://www.edu.net-kochi.gr.jp/home/issai-e/eng/gyouzi/gyouzi6.30.htm
>>
>> Is anyone well-versed in the topic of unicycling in Japanese schools?

Actually, I started unicycling in Japan and am the founder of the original
Japan Unicycle Club and an executuve director of JUA. We have worked for
years to promote unicycling in Japanese scholls, and have been very
successful wth the help of the Mnistry of ducation. We estimate that
perhaps 95% of elementary schools in Jaopan have unicycles, and that there
are no less than 1,000,000 riders (probably closer to 2 million). We have
lots of materials, mostly paper, on this, but all in Japanese…

>
>I think that is so cool!
>
>But… did you try reading the “English” description next to the pics.
>
>It was such a well-meaning attempt and I applaud them, but it reminds me
>of when American comedians make fun of British speech by speaking
>gibberish with an English accent! :slight_smile:
>
>Christopher Grove
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Stay on top, Jack Halpern Executive Director for International Development
International Unicycling Federation, Inc. Website: http://www.kanji.org

In article <9stabu$cfb$1@laurel.tc.umn.edu>, tron
<forum.member@unicyclist.com> writes:

> Just stumbled across this website… maybe it’s old news, but I found it
> really cool. Especially their system of levels.

I think my current skill level is this one:

Four class One ride is produced. (2 times of chances)

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Gardner Buchanan <gbuchana@home.com> Ottawa, ON FreeBSD: Where you want to
go. Today.

I spent a year teaching high school English in Miyakonojyo in 1993, on the
southern island of Kyushu. As a result of my job the high school students
would avoid me like the plague, so after school I played with the numerous
elementary school kids in the area.

I visited a couple nearby elementary schools during their parent/community
open house. There were unicycles everywhere, with kids running wild. They
practice unicycling for physical education, and many of the kids are
really good. Unicycling is well promoted at the elementary school level.
All kids have tried riding unis and many of them are quite proficient.

Unicycles were very readily available at most department stores and
sporting goods stores. Most unis were plastic mag wheeled in 16", 18" and
20", available in primary colours. I rarely saw a Miyata in a store, I’m
assuming because of cost.

Elementary school kids would ride their personal unis around my
neighbourhood. After running around the neighbourhood with many of the
kids I just had to get one and learn. So I purchased a red 20" with a
plastic mag wheel, which I still have today. It has lollipop bearings and
a pretty good seat. I learned to freemount, ride straight and turn.

Some important notes: -Do not ride your uni in a typhoon. The strong winds
will make it hard to balance, but it is fun. It’s also a little dangerous.
-Once kids graduate from elementary school they immediately drop riding
their unis. I guess they feel it’s juvenile. They also feel that a high
school teacher that rides a uni is pretty juvenile. -Japanese adults do
not know how to ride unis. Many tried and failed to ride mine.

Don_TaiATyahooDOTcoDOTuk, Toronto, Canada
http://torontounicyclists.tripod.com

tron wrote:
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> Just stumbled across this website… maybe it’s old news, but I found it
> really cool. Especially their system of levels.
>
> http://www.edu.net-kochi.gr.jp/home/issai-e/eng/gyouzi/gyouzi6.30.htm
>
> Is anyone well-versed in the topic of unicycling in Japanese schools?
>
> - J. Alan Atherton tron@unicyclist.com “Put your shoulder to the wheel”
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> tron Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums

Hmmm, puzzling. But it can always get worse, so much I learned…

Klaas Bil

On Wed, 14 Nov 2001 08:35:10 +0000 (UTC), tron
<forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote:

>Just stumbled across this website… maybe it’s old news, but I found it
>really cool. Especially their system of levels.
>
> http://www.edu.net-kochi.gr.jp/home/issai-e/eng/gyouzi/gyouzi6.30.htm
>
>Is anyone well-versed in the topic of unicycling in Japanese schools?
>
>- J. Alan Atherton tron@unicyclist.com “Put your shoulder to the wheel”
>
>
>
>
>–
>tron Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums


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Hm, seems to relate to what I just heard too!
Just thought this might be interesting~
I talked to my sister about my new hobby(she’s out of country right now).
She told me, that she talked to her japanese friend about my uni.

In the US, as I once believed also, unicycling <===> clown

I was informed that, in Japan, their only image of pple riding uni, are 3rd/4th grade elementary school girls.

HAHA xD

she said all her friends think I’m retarded for spending so much money, and now have 3. :3
but she comforted me and said its ok…that I’m in Cali, where to japanese, just being there is cool
I guess it cancels out, so I’m neutral :sunglasses:

Any other interesting stereotypes of unicycling in Japan… or other countries?

Wow, I gotta say a 11-12 year thread resurrection. :astonished:

Impressive! Might be a new world record. :slight_smile:

That’s very interesting. Trying to decide whether I’d rather be labeled as a clown or a 3rd grade girl…hmmm, tough choice determining which is the lesser of two evils. :slight_smile:

id be a 12yr old clown girl

This is a good thing. Because up until the late 70s, nobody rode unicycles in Japan. So at that time it would probably have been unicycle=clown (or crazy gaijin). Public perceptions about unicycling have been gradually changing in the US for a long time now.

Like some Japanese people don’t do their hobbies to excess? Most fitness-related hobbies are way, way more expensive.

Probably not; the threads in here go all the way back to the formation of the Usenet newsgroup rec.sport.unicycling, which I think was around 1994 or so.

Actually I just did a search. There’s no direct way to just search for “oldest threads” so I did a search for the keyword “Schwinn” and the earliest result was this one from May 1993.

May 1993!!! That is older than me!!