NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉

2007/2/19

竹馬 Takeuma Japanese Stilt-Walking

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Walking on stilts was an activity that began in China. It came to Japan during the Heian period.

Stilt-walking is a game that uses sticks of bamboo with some kind of peg as foothold. There are two types of stilt-walking. The first one, which was enjoyed by children in China, was a game using one bamboo like a witch's broom. The other type is the famous one, which is enjoyed by Japanese children.

Even today, children enjoy the common form of stilt-walking, using two sticks with footholds. It is said that stilt-walking is good for training muscles and to get a sense of balance.

Nowadays, there are stilt-walking competitions held as sports, and the activity is beloved by many people.

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