Hello from Tokyo, Japan! Kansans have walked 12,962 miles on our quest to circle the globe for Hometown Teams. We’ve reached Tokyo, home of two great spectator sports: baseball and sumo wrestling. American Horace Wilson is credited with introducing baseball to Japan in the 1870s and today it’s one of the most popular sports in the nation. Tokyo boasts two baseball teams, the Yomiuri Giants, who play in the Tokyo Dome, and the Yakuit Swallows. And then there’s sumo, the 1,500 year-old form of wrestling. Tokyo hosts three sumo tournaments each year, each lasting for 15 consecutive days.
How did we take a virtual walk to Tokyo from Kansas? Kansans tracked their steps when they took walks, went on runs, or just went about their daily routine. KHC collected the step totals and converted them into miles and began mapping our progress around the globe. The best part? You can join us! You can track your minutes exercised on a Walking Scorecard. You can even pick up a pedometer to count your steps at the Hometown Teams Smithsonian exhibition in Perry (on display through September 27) and Humboldt (opening October 3), and at participating Hometown Teams partner sites.