Who is Who
Kayoko Sakai

Kayoko Sakai, W55, JPN

[ Photo taken in Finland on the last day of Fin5 2007. ]

You have participated in 2 last WMOC: Austria 2006 and Finland 2007. What do you remember from these events?
I had a pleasant time at the both events - Austria 2006 and Finland 2007. Terrains of Finland were very different from terrains of Japan. We ran the steep terrains. Terrains of Finland were very difficult for me. I wondered where I am. I want to challenge the terrains of Finland.

In the last year, besides WMOC, you also have been in Fin5, with a very friendly atmosphere. Everyday, an international group of "fans", Portuguese included, congratulated you for your fast sprints to the finish line. What memory did you keep from "our sleeping school"?
Fin5 enjoyed life with international group. Thank you very much for everything you have done for my poor English. The week that I spent with this group went by very fast and it seems as if I had been in a dream world. I will never forget every kindness and help you gave me. I'm sure the summer of 2007 will be a special memory for the rest of my life.

You also have run ski-O WMOC 2007 in Sweden. Did you enjoy? Did you have a good performance? For how long are you running ski-O?
I started ski-O about 10 years ago. But I am beginner always because I play skiing 1 or 2 times a year. It's a long way from my house to ski terrains. I envious they who play cross-country ski around house in Sweden and Finland. Though my result is bad, I enjoy ski-O.

In 1988 you have been to O-ringen (Sweden 5-Day), an event with 13 249 competitors (official number). What do you remember from Gävle?
The land was quite a revelation to us. I was surprised to see the stores decorated with so many control flags. There were many posters "Orienteering Sale". I had my first experience in hard floor.

In 1994 Asia-Pacific Orienteering Championships, there was a relay team composed by Kayoko Sakai, Hiromitsu Sakai and Satsuki Sakai. Same family? Did you enjoy New Zealand?
The family participated in a competition together. We are four, but Yoshiaki (my husband) ran in men's relay team. Terrain of New Zealand was mostly open (map was yellow). It was very difficult because a lot of controls come in sight. Yoshiaki and Satsuki (daughter) gave a challenge to bungee jump. Hiromitsu couldn't try because his height was little. We enjoyed orienteering and many sightseeing.

Where else have you been doing orienteering outside your country?
Korea, Canada and China - was a trip with our family. Hong Kong, Australia, Kazakhstan - only the couple. I think that we could visit many other countries where orienteering events were hold. It enjoys daily life in these countries. We had no information about Kazakhstan. I'm surprised: many people speak English and there are same customs from Japan. I'm happiest eating the country foods.

Can you indicate some highlights of your career?
I gave a challenge to jogging of 100km and 150km for orienteering's training.

What was your best season?
In the winter of 2002 I couldn't run orienteering because fracture of knee. I hoped begin orienteering. I started muscle training in Gym and studying fundamental kinesiology in university, and therefore I built up my physical strength. I got good results in orienteering.

Can you select your best events?
The best events were 2007 WMOC and Fin5 in Finland. It was terrain I had no experience. Terrain was very difficult for me. I got lost in form line, bare rocks and marshes. But I could think best route after race. Lots of friends taught me how to running. All of staff were very kind and helpful to me during my two-event stay back there. Special memory is present of canned "muikut" (little fish). I eat lunch of "muikut" together with a Finnish lady. I said "muikut" was delicious. Next day, she looked for me in the crowd and offered me a canned "muikut".

Next summer we will have, for the first time in WMOC, a Sprint Race. Do you like this new situation? Personally, does it suit your abilities and skills?
I like everything about orienteering. I think Sprint Race don't suit my abilities. I always have a long time to understand a map.

Do you have any responsible position in your club or federation?
I am Controller and Orienteering-Director 1 in Japan Orienteering Association. I have been working Jury sometimes.

In WOC 2005 in Japan, just where IOF has announced that Portugal will organize WMOC 2008, you have integrated the WOC jury. Did you have hard work?
My work was Jury of joint event. There was no problem in the competition. I hadn't work.

And what can you tell us about WOC 2005 event itself?
Japan team played a lot of activities. Simone was speedy and powerful although she had a slim body. Staffs were very studying about management of WOC by their own account. I don't know how I can thank enough for their work to us. We enjoyed many events.

Can you tell us a little about orienteering in Japan?
Orienteering began in 1966 as walking rally. There were past events with 2000 entries. Big event has 500 entries now. There is 1300 people registered player. Best athlete is Yoko Banba. She is Champion. Authorized events are held 12 or 13 times in a year. Orienteering events are held every weekend throughout the country. There has been a decrease in the number of young people.

Give us a good reason to visit Japan for an orienteering event?
We have WSOC (World Ski Orienteering Championships) in 2009. We hope come to many people from many countries.

What is your date of birth and where do you live?
I was born in Yamanashi-ken on February 11, 1953. This day is a legal holiday to National Foundation Day. Yamanashi-ken is famous for Mt. Fuji, grape and wine. This wine was exported to?Europe in the last year. This is first in Japan. I live in Tokyo now. My house is located in a large housing development buried tall buildings. There is the Tokyo Metropolitan Park adjacent to a housing development. This area is 5 km around. It's my jogging course.

How did you discover orienteering and for how long have you practiced it?
My friend recommended orienteering to me when I was university student. I have practiced orienteering for more than 35 years now.

What do you enjoy the most in orienteering?
I enjoy running in terrain having my plan. I enjoy talk about route with mates after race too.

Do you remember your best or worst race?
Summer race in 2004 was the worst. I didn't notice my eyesight has been failing. I couldn't see map of scale 1/15 000. I was out of map.

What terrain do you prefer to do orienteering? Technical? Physical?
I prefer physical terrain to technical terrain. I lack concentration, and therefore I don't think for certain my route. I want to take a lot of energy.

What are the main lines of your orienteering technique?
There are many roads in Japanese terrain. My main line is road. Usually I don't use compass. First use is to start. After, I only use compass when I loose my place. Sometimes I make mistakes because I read a small area on the map.

What kind of training do you use to do?
I did muscle training and running in Gym two times a week until 2007 WMOC. Since then I have no more Gym activity. I start jogging: three or four days a week, 4 km each day.

Do you have any special program in order to improve your performance at the moment of WMOC?
Yes, I'm trying to improve... my English! And I also want to start the training in Gym as before.

Do you have any secret to prevent injuries?
It is taping ankle to prevent from sprain.

Do you have any special care with what you eat?
I keep to eating all kinds of food. My favourite food is chocolate. I eat everything.

Your husband is an orienteer too and also he will come to WMOC. Can you introduce him to us? Do you have other orienteers in your family?
My husband Yoshiaki is transferred to the Miyake land now. It takes about 8 hours by ship. He can go back at April therefore can more enjoy orienteering. We started orienteering together in sightseeing research club in university. His class is M55A. Women orienteers are little in Japan. I am running same class with him in Japan. He is my best rival. His hobby is writing an orienteering map by Illustrator. My daughter Satsuki is busy for work of school counsellor therefore she doesn't orienteering now. She was champion in the All Japan Inter-High School Orienteering Games. My son Hiromitsu likes playing Futsal now.

Does your family and your friends support your sporting ambitions?
My family looked after the house while I was travelling. They care of plants and mail. My friends gave me the information and goods on trip. I think that my orienteering life is very useful to stay in good health. It set a good example to others.

What is your job?
I work for Japan Orienteering Association. I am involved in accountancy. All members have a common hobby. It is orienteering. We cooperated to work.

What are your hobbies?
My husband's mother is teacher of Japanese dance. I was learning how to Japanese dance. I took much enjoyment in wearing kimono. Unfortunately I can't play the Japanese dance because I haven't enough time. I take pleasure in looking at Japanese dance. Handicraft is another hobby of mine. Once in a while I knit a sweater and sew a kimono.

Can you suggest a book, a film or a music?
Book is a detective story by Patricia Daniels Cornwell. I like music of flute and violin composed by Hikari Oe.?

What do you expect from WMOC 2008?
I hope to meet many orienteers. I want to level up for compete together with European orienteers. Please teach me how to route. WMOC2008 will be memorial event for me because it will probably be first orienteering as a grandmother.

(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008, Feb 11th.)

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