The Japanese National Quidditch Team is the team that represents Japan for international Quidditch tournaments. Japan competed in the four-hundred and twenty-second Quidditch World Cup, in 1994 (riding Nimbus 2000's) and in the the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.[1] They wear white, green and red robes.

It is possible that the team consists of students from Mahoutokoro wizarding school.

Team Special Move

Their Team Special Move is known as The Tsunami (20 points), and involves a lot of spinning, seemingly inspired by martial arts. First, Chaser Noriyuki Sato has the Quaffle flanked by the Japanese Beaters. Sato then does a spinning trick to avoid the opposing players, then passes to Chaser Ryotaro Tanaka, who passes to Yoshihiro Suzuki. Suzuki then punchs one of the beaters and throws the Quaffle to Sato who kicks it through the middle hoop. Then Tanaka, who is waiting behind the hoop, kicks it to the left hoop where Suzuki kicks it into the hoop.


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Japanese Stadium

The Japanese Stadium is built in the shadow of an immense Sengoku-era castle, and is surrounded by pink cherry-blossom (sakura (桜)) trees, magically kept blooming year-round. It has several huge pagoda-style towers above the regular stands in which spectators can get a spectacular arial view. Instead of a normal Quidditch pitch, the matches are held over an immense koi pond, which is bisected by an elegently carved wooden bridge. The goals themselves are made in the style of shrine gates (tori-i (鳥居)).

Emblem and Flag

The team's emblem is a white circle with a green outer rim containing a red dragon with its claw upon a Quaffle. Their flag features a red circle on a white background.


1994 Quidditch World Cup

Japan qualified for the 1994 Quidditch World Cup but did not make it to the final. The entire team rode Nimbus 2000s.[2]

2014 Quidditch World Cup

Japan qualified for the tournament beginning in April in Argentina.[3] The team rode Yajirushis.[4]

On May 21st, they played against Poland and won 350 to 140. The veteran Japanese Beaters Maskai Hongo and Shintaro Shingo put a lot of pressure on the young Polish team, and Seeker Norito Sato beat Poland's Wladyslaw Wolfke to the Snitch in the 59th minute.

On June 10th, they beat joint favourites Nigeria 270 to 100. Hongo and Shingo were again pivotal in the win, with Hongo smashing the tail off Nigerian Seeker Samuel Equiano's broom with a powerful bludger hit.

In the semifinals, they played against Bulgaria, losing the game after 10 hours, when Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum caught the Snitch. The final score was 610 to 460.

They then played against USA to determine third place, a game that they won with 330 to 120, thus achieving third place.


Japanese National Team
Noriyuki Sato Yoshihiro Suzuki Ryotaro Tanaka
  Minaka Hirakata Keiko Takahashi  
Keeper Seeker
Tamotsu Iwamoto Shizuka Watanabe
Japanese National Team
Ryuichi Yamaguchi Kimiko Kurosawa Yoshi Wakahisa
  Masaki Hongo Shintaro Shingo  
Keeper Seeker
Todoroki Noriko Sato

Behind the scenes

Every member of the Japanese Quidditch team attributes their prowess to the gruelling training they were given at Mahoutokoro, where they practise over a sometimes turbulent sea in stormy conditions, forced to keep an eye out not only for the Bludgers but also for planes from the Muggle airbase on a neighbouring island.



Concept art by Ross Dearsley

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