Weekly Column Kanda This and That 329
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Last Sunday, I was invited to go to somewhere on short notice. The destination was “Canoe Slalom Center,” which will serve as the venue for the canoeing (slalom) competition for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games! I heard that there was a completion ceremony on July 6 and Takuya Haneda, one of the greatest slalom canoeists in Japan, who is well-known by his nickname “hanetaku,” made a test run. The course was open for the public to enjoy rafting (until the end of July). Moreover, it was free! So, I was too excited and put aside preparing lunch for my husband before rushing out of the house.
Located about 12 minutes away on foot from Kasai-Rinkai Park Station, the venue should be completed, but there were no audience seats but only courses. A group of 6, including elementary school students, elderly men, and us, got into a boat with a young guide. The area we went in had mild waves. It was really fun to row a boat together. In the back area, I saw young canoeists practicing on a canoe course with raging waves. It was amazing! I wasn’t really interested in the Olympics, but once I saw one of the venues, I became more excited about it. Now I want to watch the Olympics live at a venue. I hope Japanese athletes will do well!
*The information herein is as of July 2019.