The Japanese word for sports is supootsu (スポーツ). Western sports such as Golf, Baseball, Soccer and Figure skating are popular in Japan as well as traditional Japanese sports such as sumo wrestling and martial arts.

   Figure skateing = figyua sukeeto (フィギュアスケート)
   Sumo wrestling = sumou (相撲)
   Golf = gorufu (ゴルフ)
   Soccer = sakkaa (サッカー)
   Baseball = yakyuu (野球)
   Boxing = bokushingu (ボクシング)
   Rugby = ragubii (ラグビー)
   Handball = hando booru (ハンドボール)






   Schools also have after school sports clubs that children are encouraged to enroll in. Most Japanese schools have a pool that students swim in everyday for exercise. The verb to swim is oyogu (泳ぐ).

   I am swimming in the pool = boku wa puuru de oyoide iru
   (僕はプールで泳いでいる)

   Does Hanako like playing baceball? = hanakosan wa yakyuu suru koto ga suki desu ka (はなこさんは野球することが好きですか)

   No, Hanako likes sumou = iie, hanako wa sumou ga suki
   (いいえ、はなこは相撲が好き)