A YURU sport born in Himi city, the city of handball and Buri (yellowtail).
Buri is known as “Syusse-uo (promoted fish)” because their name changes as they grow up. In hand-gyo(fish)ball, the Buri held under the arms will be “promoted” when a point is scored.
If you score a point, cheer “Syusse (promoted)!” with everyone! But if you get too excited and drop the precious Buri, you will be sent to the fridge. Let’s play cooperatively to get everyone in the team promoted to Buri!
In addition to the rules of handball:
1. You have to throw the ball only with your hand on the side in which you are holding the Buri under your arm(Defending and dribbling can also be done with your other hand). The goalkeeper will hold buoys under both of their arms.
2. 7 minutes each for the first and second half with a 3 minute interval in between.
3. When you score a point, the Buri which you were holding under your arms will “Syusse (the size increases)” (kozukura→Fukuragi→Gando→Buri ). Cheer “Syusse!” with everyone in your team when a point is scored.
4. If you get a foul(written below), you will be sent to the “fridge”. Once the opponent scores a point, everyone can come back from the fridge.
5. At the end of the game, the points for all fish owned by your team will be calculated. The points awarded are different depending on the size of the fish (written below). The total points for each team will be competed.
If you score a point during “Buri-okoshi Time”, you will “Tokushin” (be promoted by two levels).
Fouls which does not stop the game:
“Su-re” (fisherman word for damage): If a field player drops the Buri, they get sent to the fridge (voluntarily or following the referee’s instruction). The play does not stop.
Fouls which stops the game:
“Darabutsu” (stupid) : If you throw the ball with the other hand from which you are holding the Buri. After the referee calls the foul, everyone from the opposing team says “Darabutsu!”
“Ogakeru” (broken): When there is body contact made on purpose by the offensive/defensive team.
“Syowashinai” (in a rush): Over step. When you take more than 3 steps without dribbling.
“Hayosehma” (Do it quickly) : If you hold the ball for more than 3 seconds without moving.
“Kettobasu” (kicking) : If you kick the ball on purpose, it is considered as a foul.
“Oodo” (rough): Line cross. When you cross or enter the goal zone line.
“Su-re” (fisherman word of damage) If the goalkeeper drops their buoy, the opposing team earns a penalty throw. ＊the goalkeeper’s “Su-re” will not cause them to be sent to the fridge.
Himi city in Toyama prefecture is located on the north west of the Toyama bay facing the sea of Japan. Toyama bay is listed as one of the world’s most beautiful bays.
Himi city is a fishing city which prospered as the place of origin for the “Etchu style fixed net fishing method”. Various types of fishes are caught from the Toyama bay, also known as the “natural fish tank”. Especially the “promotion fish”, Buri (yellowtail) from is known across the country as the brand fish of “Winter Buri of Himi”.
Handball is also popular in Himi city. Every March, they continuously host the “Spring All Japan Middle School Handball Tournament”. Handball is an identity sport for the citizens of Himi.