Table tennis is very popular in East Asia and is the most popular sport in the world in terms of player numbers, as well as one of the newest of the major sports. 卓球 (Takkyu) is the official name for the sport in Japan as well as Taiwan(zuo-chiou).
Both men and women often wear yukata at traditional Japanese hotels, especially ones with their own onsen. After checking in, people often change into the yukata provided by the hotel. Many go for walks outside, to the public baths, and even to dinner and breakfast (taken in a communal dining room) in their yukata.
Asahi Breweries, Ltd. (アサヒビール株式会社 Asahi Bīru Kabushiki Gaisha) TYO: 2502 is the 2nd largest beer brewery in Japan and soft drink company based in Tokyo, Japan. The company originally led the Japanese craze for dry beer with Asahi Super Dry in 1987, leading to its dramatic turnaround in business performance, and surprassing former 2nd ranker Sapporo Breweries in sales and profits.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (松坂 大輔, Matsuzaka Daisuke, born September 13, 1980 in Tokyo, Japan ( often rendered as “DICE-kay” or “DICE-keh”), nicknamed The Monster in Japan is a Japanese professional baseball player who became a member of the Boston Red Sox on December 13, 2006. It is widely anticipated that he will be a starting pitcher. He previously played for the Seibu Lions in Japan’s Pacific League.
New Japan Pro-Wrestling (新日本プロレス, shin nihon puroresu) is a major professional wrestling federation in Japan, founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972. Owing to its TV program aired on TV Asahi, it is the largest wrestling promotion in Japan and one of the largest in the world.
Terrence Gene “Terry” Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known as Hulk Hogan. He currently stars on the VH1 reality show Hogan Knows Best.
André the Giant (May 19, 1946 – January 27, 1993) was a professional wrestler and actor, born André René Roussimoff in Coulomiers, France. He was at least 208 cm (6 feet 10 in) tall and believed by many to have been over 213 cm (7 feet) at his tallest. His great size was a result of excessive growth hormone, a condition known as pituitary gigantism, and led to him being dubbed “The Eighth Wonder of the World.”