Snow jumping - and the students of Hokkaido University take pleasure from participating in a unique winter sport.
Snow jumping - and the students of Hokkaido University take pleasure from participating in a unique winter sport. The idea is to jump from a first floor window into a pile of snow below and the competitors are judged on various aspects of their jump. Though the sport does not call for much in the way of style, it does require a thick skin, a sense of humour and the ability to take a fall.
SYNOPSIS: This simulated traditional double-suicide pact characterises the humour and high spirits of the event. The competition is held annually - depending on ground conditions - and calls for a certain amount of inventiveness.
The judges are carefully selected from the ranks of pretty girls at the university and points are given according to jump-length and style. There are no structured rules and a contestant can jump in any way he wishes. Skis may be worn....though they tend to hinder the jumper. But the majority prefer to jump unhindered wearing as little as possible despite the cold.
The key to the successful jump - so regular participants claim - is entirely a matter of enthusiasm and courage. Freestyle means literally anything goes....and some spectators find it so much fun they even have a go themselves. Fun doubtless but its unlikely an officially recognised winter sport.