Snow jumping - and the students of Hokkaido University take pleasure from participating in a unique winter sport.
CU PULL OUT TO GV Man screaming 'Banzai' and jumping from first floor window into snow as onlookers laugh
SV PULL OUT TO GV two men jumping together
SV PAN from laughing students to man jumping with bedclothes
CU PULL OUT TO SV Contestants being scored
SV AND GV Man in bed clothing dropped head first through window
SV Man jumps from window with skis on
CU looking through mans legs at crowd and judges
CU PULL OUT TO GV Man jumping
SV Man jumping with towel over his head
GV Man jumps with kite
GV Man in suit jumps from window
GV man with sunglasses jumps ZOOM into CU of foot protruding from snow
SPORT: SNOW JUMPING
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Background: Snow jumping - and the students of Hokkaido University take pleasure from participating in a unique winter sport. The idea is to jump from a first floor window into a pile of snow below and the competitors are judged on various aspects of their jump. Though the sport does not call for much in the way of style, it does require a thick skin, a sense of humour and the ability to take a fall.
SYNOPSIS: This simulated traditional double-suicide pact characterises the humour and high spirits of the event. The competition is held annually - depending on ground conditions - and calls for a certain amount of inventiveness.
The judges are carefully selected from the ranks of pretty girls at the university and points are given according to jump-length and style. There are no structured rules and a contestant can jump in any way he wishes. Skis may be worn....though they tend to hinder the jumper. But the majority prefer to jump unhindered wearing as little as possible despite the cold.
The key to the successful jump - so regular participants claim - is entirely a matter of enthusiasm and courage. Freestyle means literally anything goes....and some spectators find it so much fun they even have a go themselves. Fun doubtless but its unlikely an officially recognised winter sport.