Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Victory Parade Scheduled for Sunday in Yokohama to Celebrate Nittai University's Hakone Ekiden Win

translated by Brett Larner

Nittai University, who earlier this month scored their first Hakone Ekiden win in 30 years, announced on Jan. 22 that it will hold a victory parade in Yokohama this Sunday, Jan. 27.  Beginning at 1:00 p.m. at Aobadai Station on the Tokyu Denentoshi line, the parade will cover a 3 km course to the university's Kenshidai campus and will feature three open cars, two four-ton trucks.  The Nittai University Booster Club, the university brass band and cheerleader squad will help create a spectacular atmosphere, with uphill Fifth Stage star and team captain Shota Hattori leading the team in showing their appreciation of fans' support.  After the parade there will be a party on the university campus celebrating the team's win, with a ceremonial cracking open of a sake barrel, pounding of mochi, and each team member talking about his goals and ambitions for 2013-14.

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