The Japanese National Quidditch Team is the team that represents Japan for international Quidditch tournaments. Japan competed in the 442nd Quidditch World Cup in 1994, and in the the 2014 Quidditch World Cup.
Every team member attributed their prowess to the gruelling training they were given at Mahoutokoro School of Magic, where they practise over a sometimes turbulent sea in stormy conditions, forced to watch out for not only the Bludgers but also for planes from the Muggle airbase on a neighbouring island.
On 21 May, they played against the Polish National Quidditch team and won 350 to 140. The veteran Japanese Beaters Masaki Hongo and Shintaro Shingo put a lot of pressure on the young Polish team, and Seeker Noriko Sato beat Poland's Wladyslaw Wolfke to the Snitch in the 59th minute.
On 10 June, 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.
On 6 July, they played against the Bulgarian National Quidditch team in the semi-finals, losing the game after 10 hours, when Bulgarian Seeker Viktor Krum caught the Snitch. The final score was 610 to 460.
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They wore grass-green robes and white protective gears with red accents.
The Japanese Stadium is built in the shadow of an immense Sengoku-era castle, and is surrounded by pink cherry blossom, the sakura trees, magically kept blooming year-round. It has several huge pagoda-style towers above the regular stands with the colours of green, gold and red, in which spectators can get a spectacular arial view. Instead of a normal Quidditch pitch, the matches are held over an massive koi pond, which is bisected by an elegantly carved wooden bridge. The goals themselves are made in the style of the Japanese gates, the torii.
Team Special Move
The Japanese team's special move, The Tsunami, 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 punches 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.
|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|
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film) (Mentioned on a poster)
- Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup (First appearance)
- Pottermore (Mentioned only)
- Wizarding World (Mentioned only)
- Quidditch Through the Ages (2018 audio edition) (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- ↑ 422nd Quidditch World Cup poster - (see this image)
- ↑ Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Mahoutokoro" at Wizarding World
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
- ↑ Pottermore - Quidditch World Cup 1990 - 2014 (Archived)
- ↑ PLACE YOUR BETS WITH LUDO BAGMAN
- ↑ JAPAN VERSUS POLAND
- ↑ JAPAN VERSUS NIGERIA
- ↑ BULGARIA VERSUS JAPAN
- ↑ PLAY-OFF FOR THIRD PLACE
- ↑ Harry Potter: Quidditch World Cup
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