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Update:Nov. 5, 2013

Keio University Cricket Club
The second most-played sport in the world is…cricket?!

Keio University Cricket Club

Unique characters with a passion for cricket make up the cricket club at Keio University. Also known as the ancestor of baseball, cricket is the second most-played sport in the world behind soccer and a popular sport among former territories of the British Empire, but sadly enough it remains relatively unknown in Japan. For those unfamiliar with cricket, it may be easy to visualize the sport if you think of it as playing baseball with a wooden paddle.

The Keio University Cricket Club plays cricket in intercollegiate games as well as with people from all over the world; in fact, our club has just recently welcomed a new international student from India, whose warm personality brings a distinctly international flavor to the club. We are proud of this kind of interaction with people of different ages and nationalities through the sport, an advantage that is not available in many other university sports.

Another advantage is the chance for university students to join the national Japanese team as numbers of cricketers in Japan remain low.
We hope to popularize this stylish sport in Japan. If you take just one step into the world of cricket, you will find a huge network of thousands of cricketers all across the world.


Keio Radio Society
Using radio waves to connect Hiyoshi with the world

Keio Radio Society

Keio Radio Society is an amateur radio circle. The word “amateur” here means that we do it as a hobby, enjoying communication over radio waves with people around the world. The real thrill of amateur radio is the ability to casually communicate and make friends with people you happen to encounter on the airwaves.

One of Keio Radio Society’s main activities includes participating in the competitions that exist in the world of amateur radio. Contestants seek to contact as many other amateur radio stations as possible within 24 hours; we stay overnight at the Student Union Building, so that members can take turns throughout the night to contact other stations. In order to make contact with as many people as possible, technical knowledge of telecommunications and devices such as the antenna are required, but contestants need both physical and mental stamina above all else.

Recently, we have begun interacting with amateur radio circles from other universities, and we strive each day to spread the lure of amateur radio to as many people as possible.

*This article appeared in the autumn edition (No.280) of “Juku”.
*The facts are those at the time of publishing.