Sunday May 31st, Saga JETs descended upon the small quiet city known as Kashima – 鹿島市. Ready for glory, these lonely JETs united together along with 1,700 others for 31st annual Gatalympics – 第３１回鹿島ガタリンピック.
In both team and individuals competitions these JETs trudged through the mud with excellent results. The Gatalympics hosted a large international presence not including JETs which spanned out from South Korea to Finland.
Onlookers could enjoy an abundance of festival foods and the local Kashima market which contained goods from the local surrounding areas. For the JETs, the highest achievements attained this year was in the “Age-age ↑↑ Gata-ire!? Hata agetto” (flag raising) team competition securing a 2nd place overall.
Another highlight was in the Hakkeyoi (women’s mud sumo) with Alex ascending into the semi-finals. This year’s thank you goes to Tyler and Kashima City who provided much of the planning and support. The continuing and new JET’s should look forward this event in 2016.