There were competitors from all over Japan and I Just thought it was kind of amazing how much time and effort people were putting into this one event and their are events all over the prefecture. I asked some younger kids who were at the race from Niigata what they thought about Iwate. They kind of smirked because Iwate is pretty rural and not really known for much but they said that the scenery was beautiful and I can certainly agree with that. There aren't many events which bring people from all over Japan to Iwate and I thought I would be interesting to ask people from other parts of the country what they thought about Iwate.
I didn't know about the Kokutai until very recently but if it is going to be held in the prefecture where you live I would go out of your way to at least go to a few events that you might be interested in. Thanks for reading my article.