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. They wear white 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.
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
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|
|Tamotsu Iwamoto||Shizuka Watanabe|
|Japanese National Team|
|Ryuichi Yamaguchi||Kimiko Kurosawa||Yoshi Wakahisa|
|Masaki Hongo||Shintaro Shingo|
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.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) (Mentioned on a poster)
- Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (First appearance)
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