Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling festival lives on - in Japan
THE world famous cheese rolling festival lives on - in Japan.
This year's Gloucestershire festival was shelved after organisers tried to make it a two day event with corporate sponsorship and a £20 entrance fee.
But in Tokyo a dedicated team of students are set to stage their own version of cheese rolling on May 11 in tribute to the county festival which has a big following in Japan.
The Japanese festival will take place on a hill in Fuchu, Tokyo and will be staged by students at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT).
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The students staged their first event last year making a "cheese" from cardboard and stuffing it full of real cheese before chasing it down a hill.
Satoshi Tonooka, a Mechanical System Engineering student, said he wanted to show the true spirit of Samurai to the people of Britain.
"We actually did “Cheese-Rolling Festival in Japan” with 6 members at Sunset Hill in Seiseki- Sakuragaoka, Fuchu, Tokyo on 23th October 2010," said Satoshi in an email to TiG.
"I am writing this E-mail to let you know this plan and ask you for some supports for us somehow if possible."
He added how touched the Japanese people had been in support from Britain following the earthquake on March 11.
"In this one month and half, we have received support from all over the world including Britain. We really appreciate you all in Britain helping us and also praying for Japan. Thank you."