Radio taiso is a series of light exercises (taiso) involving stretches, jumps, arm movements, and more, conducted along with piano music from the radio. The music for these exercises is broadcast by Japan’s NHK radio channel for ten minutes every day, starting from 6:30 A.M. The regimen was first designed by the government in 1928, to help people improve their physical condition and strength. Most Japanese people are familiar with these exercises. CD recordings of the piano music are sold, and many people use radio taiso to warm up at school gym classes and industrial plants. When hearing the words, “radio taiso,” many are reminded of young children exercising together in the early mornings during their summer school holidays, when local organizations hold radio taiso meetings in community squares or at similar places. Although such meetings are not mandatory, many children are strongly encouraged to participate. At many such meetings, the organizers take a roll call each morning and even give “perfect attendance” prizes (such as stationery). Scenes of elementary school pupils doing radio taiso exercises are reminiscent of summertime in Japan to many.
Updated: 3 August, 2018