- avid /AV-id/
- hub /huhb/
- craze /kreyz/
- market /MAHR-kit/
- skyrocket /SKAHY-rok-it/
- powder snow /POU-der snoh/
[adjective] extremely eager and interested
Leah is such an avid reader. She already has three bookcases in her room.
[noun] the central or main part of something where there is most activity
The two airlines that used the old airport hubs have disappeared.
[noun] an activity, object, or idea that is extremely popular
Flower arranging is now a craze in our area ever since the flower shop became popular.
[verb] to advertise and offer goods for sale
It’s useless to market items that are not interesting nor necessary for customers.
[verb] to rise or become successful extremely quickly
Yamada Ryosuke’s popularity skyrocketed after he starred as the main character in a famous drama series.
[noun] dry new snow, which is composed of loose, fresh ice crystals
My family and I are looking forward to try powder snow skiing in Hokkaido.
Secondhand shops that catered to students in the area were abundant, according to Mikio Kadoya, a 60-year-old manager of a sports shop along Yasukuni-dori street. Kadoya added that from 1955 to 1964, sporting goods stores started to emerge after ice skating became in demand. The craze for anything related to skiing was further reinforced because of the Sapporo Winter Olympics in 1972.
The secondhand stores that once purchased items such as worn-out musical instruments from students began to market ski equipment. Eventually, some shops developed into sporting goods stores and large shops for sports were established one after another. Kanda’s popularity continued to skyrocket during the 1990s when huge crowds flocked around 80 shops. This resulted in the district’s development as the center of sporting merchandise.
Recently, ski resorts are striving to be more family-oriented and diverse in order to try out new snow activities such as “Japow”, Japan’s unique powder snow skiing. Choosing the right equipment is necessary for people to truly enjoy skiing, and Kanda will always be willing to lend a hand to anyone with their sporting wants and needs.
- Whom did the secondhand shops in Kanda cater to according to Kadoya?
- What did the secondhand stores begin to market when winter sports became popular?
- According to the article, when did the district of Kanda’s popularity rise?
- In the article, what caused the trend of skiing and ice skating to become even more in demand?
- Where specifically in Tokyo is Kanda located?
- Are you familiar with other places in Japan that are famous for selling sporting goods? If yes, please tell me more. If no, would you like to know more about them and why?
- Do you think the Olympic Games would affect the popularity of other sports aside from winter athletics? Please explain your answer.
- Do you think Japan is popular when it comes to winter activities? Why or why not?
- What sort of sports do you enjoy playing or doing and why?
- In your opinion, will Japan’s well-known sites and activities for winter sports affect the country’s tourism status? Why or why not?