Skaters in Japan hope that they’ll be able to skate in public without fear of stigma.
You might not be surprised to learn that in Japan, skateboarding is generally frowned upon. As a sport that uses public spaces in ways that seem inappropriate, is generally quite noisy, and can cause damage to public property, it’s pretty much everything that community-minded Japanese people tend to disapprove of.
But now that Japanese skaters have secured historic wins in Olympic Street Skateboarding, that might change. At least, Japanese pro skater Ryo Seijiri hopes that 13-year-old Momiji Nishiya’s and 22-year-old Yuto Horigome’s