Radio taisō (also known as rajio taisō, radio physical exercises; Japanese: ラジオ体操) refers to the warm-up exercises popular in Japan, along with the music broadcast on public NHK radio early in the morning. It became popular in Japan just after World War II and is still used among students and workers in companies to help raise morale and form group unity. The exercises reflect the general role of exercise in Japanese culture: to serve as a symbol of unity and cooperation among the Japanese, as well as to raise energy levels and encourage good health. The purpose of the exercises is not to encourage students to become athletes but to push themselves and develop unity with their classmates.
While the Imperial Japan attempted colonization upon its peripheral countries in the early nineteenth century, the Japanese introduced the policy to its occupying regions, such as Taiwan and Hong Kong.
After World War II
This used to be one of the Japanese Government's health policies towards Japanese primary and junior high school students. Radio taisō was once banned by the US Occupation after World War II, along with shōgi, all martial arts, and many other things that were considered militaristic.
Radio taiso is considered calisthenics comparatively suitable for Japanese citizens, and a key to health.
Places that practise radio taisō
- Fukue, Natsuko (July 22, 2009). "Wake up, hike out, tune in, move it" (Newspaper article). Japan Times. Retrieved July 22, 2009.
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