Japan Morning Exercises

The tradition and routine of morning exercise is an important part of life for many in Japan. This event is called rajio taisō (ラジオ体操) meaning “radio exercise”. The name comes from the daily broadcast on the Japanese national radio system NHK which many Japanese tune in to follow at home or at work. Many Japanese remember getting up early in the morning during summer break to join their friends at the park or community center for sunrise calisthenics. The routine is standard and the moves calculated to warm and stretch muscles and cause the blood to circulate. The event is typically led by a husky male voice barking commands through the radio speakers to the sound of chiming notes played briskly on piano. In adulthood many Japanese will again engage in morning exercise at work, where they may also listen to motivational speeches by the bosses and peers.

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