What is Rajio Taiso (ラジオ体操)?

In the early 1920s, MetLife Insurance sponsored daily 15 minute calisthenics programs to be broadcast over the radio to American audiences in an effort to make them healthier and fitter. It didn’t catch on here in the six cities where it was broadcast, but visiting Japanese officials loved the idea enough to bring it back to Japan. To commemorate the coronation of Emperor Hirohito in 1928, Japanese public radio began daily broadcasts of rajio taiso, or “radio calisthenics.” Every morning Japanese citizens, young and old, would gather to perform a short circuit of dynamic stretches, joint mobility drills, and bodyweight exercises in time to broadcasted piano music.
Participation has dropped off in recent years, but even today about 20% of the Japanese population (and three quarters of elementary school students) still does the daily routine, which has remained unchanged for almost a century. Some companies use it as a way of building morale and a sense of group unity, as well as to raise energy levels and encourage good health. Some local Sacramento companies use this to start off the day with a positive spirit. In Japan you can see older folks practicing in the local koen (park). It is an integral part of Sakura Gakuen’s Undokai (Sport’s Day) event held every October. Youth School families can learn more at the meeting Saturday morning (October 3, 2015) about rajio taiso, undokai and more. Come enjoy tea and snacks while contributing to the success of the school and your students. See more info about the meeting and other important matters at the Parent Portal’s Announcement’s page (log in).

Watch a YouTube video of raijo taiso