Japan, by its language, geography and history, offers a fascinatingly distinct culture. And the same applies to interests and philosophies around sport. In this episode, we dive into the host nation’s own Olympic sports to experience a more authentic Tokyo Games, and discover how seeing the athletic world from a different lens can make it more meaningful.

Feel the precision and protocol of karate with Sakura Kokumai and Tom Scott, and get a glimpse into the wild world of professional keirin racing with Kaarle McCullogh.

Episode 5 also features Mary Carillo’s telling of the “Friendship Medals” of 1936.

Listen to the episode below and make sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. New episodes will be released weekly ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, followed by daily episodes throughout the duration of the Games.