Pillow Fighting – Yes, This Is Now A Sport In Japan

Published on June 11, 2018
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Jumping on the bed, throwing pillows across the room and munching candy past midnight. That spells my childhood, aaand a set of sleep-deprived parents living in the room next door. Pillow fights were always a favorite for me and my siblings, how much safer could my parents have possibly wanted us to be? Now although pillow fights seem like something restricted to your younger years, the truth is that they’re not at all. Here’s why.

Pillow Fighting Throughout History

Before we get into the nitty-gritty details, let’s take a look at history. No, not the history of the world – that’ll take too long – the history of pillow fighting. Yep, there is actually a section in history books dedicated to this subject (your teacher definitely skipped it). Pillow fighting goes back as far as… um, ages ago B.C., in an age where pillows were made from wood and stone. It was a veeeery different time. It wasn’t really an activity for kids; the adults were the ones who fought.

Pillow Fighting Throughout History

Pillow Fighting Throughout History

International Pillow Fight Day

In modern times, pillow fighting has taken a softer and gentler direction. Every year on April 7th, over 20 cities around the world brace themselves for International Pillow Fight Day. My, how far we’ve come. People get together to fight it out with their pillows. I’m talking about cities like Vancouver, New York, Melbourne and Barcelona… and those are only a few. Is this perhaps the way towards world peace?

International Pillow Fight Day

International Pillow Fight Day

With Great Fun Comes Great Responsibility

Now doesn’t this event sound like something we could all get on board with? Of course there are some rules you’d need to know beforehand, but they’re pretty straightforward. There’s no grabbing of other participants’ pillows, there’s no hitting ‘too hard’, and everyone who participates must help clean up after the event comes to a close – after all there will be quite a number of feathers to fetch.

Amateur Turned Pro

So you’ve probably come to understand that pillow fighting is just a fun activity, right? Well in Japan that’s not the case anymore; it has become a competitive sport. Think dodgeball, and now replace those thoughts of balls with thoughts of pillows. There you go, that’s basically it. Check out the video to get a better idea, and who knows, your country might be the next big pillow fighting competitor!

Amateur Turned Pro

Amateur Turned Pro

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