During summer holidays, children have to go to do the radio calisthenics with their attendance cards hanging around their necks, but they're often oversleeping. This is a scene often seen in some anime which depicted the daily life of Japanese children, such as Doraemon and Sazae-san.
Doing the "radio calisthenics" is a typical summer activity in Japan.
Every morning during the summer holidays, from 6:30 am, both young children and the elderly gather together and stretch themselves along with the music from the radio, and a new day begins.
Perhaps a lot of people learned about radio calisthenics for the first time through anime, but actually, the radio calisthenics is not originated from Japan. It has been broadcasted in countries like America and India since 1922; and in November 11, 1928, it was introduced to Japan for the first time as a commemoration of the coronation of Emperor Showa, with the name "National Health Calisthenics".
Now let's take a closer look at the most widespread radio calisthenics - "Radio Calisthenics 1" by NHK.
The movements are so easy to remember that anyone can easily do while watch the video.
However, Radio Calisthenics is a program broadcasted on the radio. Although the movements are very easy, it is hard to do it accurately just by listening to the command.
So how did the radio calisthenics movements spread all over Japan in the 1920s when even TV was not invented, not to mention a video site?
The answer is postmen.
Wherever there are people living, there are postmen. The postmen at that time spread the radio calisthenics movements throughout Japan by distributing the pamphlets and leaflets that described the movements.
It's a simple radio calisthenics, but in fact, it was designed for the purpose of improving the waist flexibility and relaxing muscles by every movement in short 3 minutes.
Moreover, it has been proven that doing radio calisthenics for a long time is good for health and can also help promote mental health.
It's recommended that you do easy stretches in your rest time, rather than getting up early to do calisthenics every morning. Especially for those sedentary modern office workers who have a lot of desk jobs to deal with, how about straightening up your back first, and try to do radio calisthenics while watch videos!
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