Playing ice hockey in Tokyo
As some of you might know, I am a huge hockey fan and I have been playing for approximately 9 years. When I moved to Tokyo about 1.5 years ago, I was wondering if I would be able to continue to play as frequently as I did back in Canada. Although I am not playing as frequently as I did in Canada, I am happy to report that I am playing much more than I expected to! In an average month, I play about 4 times in the Tokyo/Kanagawa area. When I was in Canada, I would play approximately 8 times a month. However, because I am approaching おじさん歳, 4 times a month is more than enough now!
Like most people in Tokyo, I do not have a car and rely on the train for getting to various places. Taking my hockey gear on the train can be difficult at times, especially if it is really busy. Luckily, most of my hockey games are late at night, so the trains are usually not super busy. I actually enjoy taking the train after a game because I get to walk and stretch my legs after playing, which aids greatly in recovery I think.
Most of the people I play with are Japanese and although some people do speak english, most do not. However, I use this as an opportunity to increase my Japanese proficiency! While I have been playing here, I have learned a lot of sports specific Japanese (including bad words), which is awesome! I look forward to the day when I can talk with my line mates in Japanese only: It will definitely increase our chemistry out there on the ice!