Iku! Annual HAT tournament November 2008

November 2, 2008 · Print This Article

On a sunny and warm early November afternoon, Iku! had its annual HAT tournament at Mizumoto Park in Kanamachi, Tokyo, Japan.  There were over 35 ultimate players taking part this time, with some members of last year’s winning team returning.

As the Iku! HATs usually go, the games and action were mildly competitive at first, with the action ratcheting up proportionately as the afternoon wore on.  I was fortunate enough to be on the winning team yet again!

Thanks to Geoff and JB for organizing and running the HAT, and to everyone else who pitched in getting prized, snacks and drinks.

Iku! Annual HAT November 02 2008 PHOTO GALLERY: 
A big play in elevated air Geoff tiptoes to a catch Maki tries to touch the sky, both feet off the ground!
Andy moving too fast in the fading light A hardcore bid far down the field Matt shows JB how to make a hand block!!
A Japanese player makes a through Rakesh makes a catch in traffic Doug going upstairs for this catch
Kerry in witch costume makes a throw Andy disallows a catch Andy doesn't even need to jump for the high ones
The Can moves in on the disc Doug marks Andy Yoshio marks Tamir
Geoff puts everything he has into this forehand Su-young makes a play on the disc Matt, Rakesh and Peter all make a bid for the disc
Ellie marks Liz Shin being marked by UK Mike Maki tries in vain to stop Sarah from making a catch
JB looking to throw with intensity This dude's shirt is a bit too tight I'm not sure if Tammy always dresses like this
Aya tastes the air Maki right off the cover of Abbey Road! Matt rumbles out into the flat
Kaita is down for a bit Senco wears last year's winner's jersey Who knows what echoes in Yoshio's mind?
Jason just walks on by the man down The sun set quickly on the action this afternoon We ran into a bit of trouble with the authorities


7 Responses to “Iku! Annual HAT tournament November 2008”

  1. yoshio
    on November 3rd, 2008 5:54 PM

    nice shots dude. team kyuuri!


    Jason Collin Reply:

    Thanks Yosh! Glad we got to play (and win) together in what will be my final tournament in Japan of any kind.


  2. wendi brown
    on November 4th, 2008 9:12 PM

    loving the pics — and particularly the last shot….u guys get busted for playing in the park? what an assault on the land!


    Jason Collin Reply:

    Thanks W!

    Well, the trouble we ran into was only temporary. Some Japanese family decided to start playing badminton right on part of one of our already established fields, and when it was pointed out to them that they might want to move, as there was hundreds of square meters free still, they complained and it brought the park 5-O down on us for awhile, but we played on with only a few minute delay.

    Yours truly will retire from his frisbee career in Japan a champion!


  3. Rakesh
    on November 7th, 2008 10:46 AM

    Hey Jason,

    Wonderful pics with “just right” comments. You rock… and thanks to you…I can now put the name-face connections much better than I normally could have…

    See ya sometime soon…



    Jason Collin Reply:

    Thanks Rakesh….yeah, it can take a while to get everyone’s names down at first. It was nice playing with you if only briefly. See you on a Sunday afternoon along the river sometime again.


  4. on November 7th, 2008 11:25 AM

    Iku! Annual HAT Tournament 2008 (ultimate frisbee)…

    Tokyo’s local international ultimate frisbee team, named Iku!, had it’s annual HAT tournament at Mizumoto Park. Around 40 people of diverse nationalities came out to play in this friendly-level tournament. Photo gallery of the action included….

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