Monday, March 06, 2006

Skating On Thin Ice...Nagoya Sports Center

Nagoya Sports Center
Originally uploaded by pookie_san99.
Monday March 6 2006
Despite the apparent popularity of figure skating in Japan it seems that there has been a decrease in the number of facilities.
Shizuka Arakawa,recent womens figure skating gold medalist commented it was hard to find a good time to practice due to crowded rinks.One newspaper report stated that the number of rinks in 2002 was 94 compared to 127 in 1997.Most of those closed were privately owned.
I live above the ice rink in the photo.Judging by the numbers of budding skaters and hockey players arriving and leaving at all hours of the day and night this rinks future appears assured.

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