"Hongo and Shingo replica Quidditch robes are now the fastest-selling pieces of merchandise at the tournament. "
-- 'Place Your Bets With Ludo Bagman', 2 July 2014 (Pm)
Quidditch has been gaining steadily in popularity over the last century (QA8). It was brought to Japan by Hogwarts students who lost their way and were rescued while flying over the Mahoutokoro Wizarding School. Members of the Japanese Quidditch team say that their skills come from the rigorous training they undergo while attending Mahoutokoro (Pm).
The Japanese side gained third place at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup in Patagonia, Argentina.
- The 2014 team rode newly designed Yajirushi brooms.
- The team members (Pm) were Masaki Hongo and Shintaro Shingo (Beaters); Ryuichi Yamaguchi, Kimiko Kurosawa and Yoshi Wakahisa (Chasers); Noriko Sato (Seeker); and Todoroki (Keeper).
- Japan won their Round of 16 match against Poland (Japan 350 – 140 Poland) and their quarter-final match versus Nigeria by 260 to 100 points. They lost their semi-final in a high-scoring match against Bulgaria, who went on to win the Quidditch World Cup. That final score was Bulgaria 610 – Japan 460). In their final match, Japan won against the USA (330-120) to take third place in the tournament.
- After winning the 2014 Quidditch World Cup 3rd place playoff match, the Japanese team gave their opponents from the United States team a Hoo-hoo chick (Pm).
There was no sign at the 2014 tournament of the Japanese side ritually burning their brooms after they were defeated in the semi-final. Burning brooms after losing is a Quidditch tradition in Japan that is actively discouraged by the ICWQC (QA8). Thank goodness.
Although Japan are a keen Quidditch-playing nation, there are no Quidditch teams or any other wizarding sports mentioned on its Wikipedia page (Wikipedia).
From the Web
Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore:
- History of the Quidditch World Cup
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup reports
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup final
- The Daily Prophet
Pottermore enhanced reading experience: Quidditch World Cup
Screenshots of the original Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore: Imgur archive
Harry Potter Wiki: Japanese National Quidditch Team