How Japan Built The World's Best Horse Racing

TOKYO — I came to watch Japan's top racehorses, arguably the strongest in the world, contest last Sunday's Japan Cup, worth more than $5 million. I left believing that the reason the Japanese racing industry is so much healthier and more popular than any of its counterparts is about much more than the quality of the… » 12/11/14 12:23pm 12/11/14 12:23pm

A Day At The Track For The World's Biggest And Strangest Horse Race

TOKYO — One of the most-watched and best-attended sporting events in the world took place in Tokyo last Sunday. More than 100,000 people, thousands of whom slept outside overnight, streamed into Tokyo Racecourse for the $5 million-plus Japan Cup. But as the Cup's 18 runners entered the walking ring just after three… » 12/05/14 4:58pm 12/05/14 4:58pm

Dice-K To Return To Japan, Take His Mythical Gyroball With Him

After six seasons with the Red Sox and two with the Mets, Daisuke Matsuzaka is apparently returning to Japan, considering a contract with the defending champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. He'll always be remembered for the hype, and for his unhittable pitch that in reality is all but unthrowable. » 11/25/14 2:41pm 11/25/14 2:41pm

11-Year-Old Japanese Hockey Wunderkind Is The Truth

The kid dangling and destroying the competition above is Aito Iguchi, an 11-year-old who plays for Japan's Saitama Junior Warriors. Truthers out there are dismissing his skills, arguing that Japan doesn't develop quality hockey players, there are a million 11-year-old Canadian kids that good, his skills won't matter… » 11/22/14 12:55pm 11/22/14 12:55pm

Ronaldo's Facial Fitness Commercial Is Inexplicable, Perfect

Have you been looking for a way to achieve maximum facial tone that doesn't make you feel so bored and tired? Isn't it time you had a way to be happy with your facial fitness without all the hassle? There have probably been dozens of scientists with degrees in science-related fields who have long argued that there is » 8/06/14 10:07pm 8/06/14 10:07pm

Wily Mo Peña Hits Massive Home Run In Japanese All-Star Game

Wily Mo Peña has been playing in Japan since 2011 and represented the Orix Buffaloes for the Pacific League in this year's All-Star Game, played Saturday at Koshien Stadium. Peña smoked the first pitch he saw from Hanshin Tigers 20-year-old pitcher Shintaro Fujinami and damn near hit it out of the stadium. » 7/19/14 2:36pm 7/19/14 2:36pm

Here's What Saving $1.3 Billion On a New Stadium Looks Like

Yesterday we learned that London-based architect Zaha Hadid had rethought her design for Tokyo's Olympic Stadium, after widespread protests and a major budget cut put the original design in jeopardy. Dezeen has the new images of the redesigned stadium, and it's... pretty damn similar, despite a $1.3 billion budget cut. » 7/10/14 1:42pm 7/10/14 1:42pm

Colombia's Four Goals Mean Four Instances Of Amazing Announcing

Colombia put four balls in the net yesterday, which means we have four instances of Javier Fernández Franco going berserk and four instances of the awesome Caracol heavy metal celebration song. Here's everything from Colombia's Caracol TV, and the rest of the goals scored yesterday as heard in the home country. » 6/25/14 12:00pm 6/25/14 12:00pm