Sports days or undoukai are held by schools all over the country. The time of year varies by prefecture. While the kantou area tends to hold them in the early fall, some northern prefectures hold them in early summer.
The first thing after the official opening speeches is a warm up. This is usually rajio-taisou. Everyone in the school will stretch and bounce in time to a count of 1, 2, 3, 4 a bit to work out the kinks.
The sports day is generally held on a weekend day so that the children's relatives can come and watch. People will come and stake out their spots with tarps and umbrellas.
Since the teachers have to work nearly a full day on the weekend for the event, most places have the next school day off.
There is generally some kind of dance performance by the children. They may perform local dances, folk dances, or ones they've made up especially for the day.Read More