Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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

http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/etc/news/20130122-OHT1T00194.htm

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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