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Japanese National Quidditch team
Japanese National Quidditch team
Quidditch Team information
Hometown

Japan

Robes

Green, white and red

Known Players
Behind the scenes
First appearance

Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup

Latest appearance

Pottermore

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]

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.

Quidditch World Cup - Japanese Quidditch Stadium 01

Japanese Stadium

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 qudditch 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 it's claw upon a Quaffle. Their flag features a red circle on a white background.

History

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.

They will play against Bulgaria in their next match.

Squads

Japanese National Team
1994
Chasers
Noriyuki Sato Yoshihiro Suzuki Ryotaro Tanaka
Beaters
  Minaka Takahashi Keiko Takahashi  
Keeper Seeker
Tamotsu Iwamoto Shizuka Watanabe
Japanese National Team
2014
Chasers
Ryuichi Yamaguchi Kimiko Kurosawa Yoshi Wakahisa
Beaters
  Masaki Hongo Shintaro Shingo  
Keeper Seeker
Todoroki Noriko Sato

Appearances

JapanQuidditchConceptArt

Concept art by Ross Dearsley.

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