12:55 Dec 17, 2017
Japanese to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - History / archive records
Japanese term or phrase: undo-kwai
My translation (FR-EN) is actually from a French-speaking foreign delegation in Japan. This term is rendered as "promenade" (a walk) but I've come across conflicting uses on the internet and more precision is required in target. I'd appreciate an explanation, thanks in advance.
Local time: 17:24

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4sports day
Kayoko Kimura
3Athletic meet/meeting
Yuko Fujita
3sporting event
David Patrick

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sports day

This (運動会) is a special event of schools (mostly at the elementary and middle schools) in Japan. All students are expected to participate in various kinds of sports on that day. You can read explanation at websites provided below.

Kayoko Kimura
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sporting event

I think here "promenade" means trip or outing and the children weren't told they were going to a "sporting event". An undo-kwai/undoukai/運動会 is usually a school sports day but could be a bigger event or athletics competition, so I think "sporting event" is a safer option in context.

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Athletic meet/meeting

It seems Undo kai/kwai was held at each school or each town for the purpose of improving health of people in the community.
In this context, I assume that the Kirishitan children were not allowed to go to Japanese temples and shrines because of their religion. Nowadays, Undo kai is normally held at elementary schools either in Spring or Fall in Nagasaki.


    Reference: http://oratio.jp/p_tsushin/vol-170
Yuko Fujita
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