HDE Advent Calendar Day 22: Touch Football

Hello, My name is Brian Storm(Hiroya Watanabe)and I belong to the Sales team in HDE.

Today I would like to introduce my favorite sports called Touch Football.

Perhaps, few people might have heard about this sports.

Outside Japan, there are some similar sports such as Tag rugby, Flag football, however, each rule is slightly different so for today I would like to introduce basic rules and fun part regarding Touch football.

■Geneal overview

Touch football may be easy to understand if you think of it as a tag game using a ball.

One team consists of six people. One team will try to advance as far as possible with the ball. We call this team an offensive (offense) team. The other team will try to catch the other player with the ball. This team is called the defense team. The defense team must touch the attacking team player with the ball with both hands. Meanwhile, the offensive team will have to figure out how could they avoid the defense team and advance at the same time. 


-Offence team 

・Quarter Back(QB): Game maker and who throws the ball to WR(mainly).

・Wide Recevier(WR): Who received the ball from QB.

・Center(C): Who snaps the ball to start the offensive attack. 

・Guard (G): Who protects QB from DT or LB.


I think pictures will help you to understand.


-Defence team

・Defencive Tackle(DT)  : Who tries to touch QB in order to prevent the throw.

・Line Backer(LB) : Who covers the middle area of the field(mainly).

・Corner Back(CB) : Who cares about the WR and try to prevent the advance from Offence team.

・Safety(S) : Who covers the back area of the field(mainly).

I think pictures will help you to understand.



■How game progress

-Offence team

The offensive team tries to get as much "yardage" as it can to try and move closer to the opponent's end zone. Each time the offense gets the ball, it has four downs, or chances, in which to gain 10 yards. If the offensive team successfully moves the ball 10 or more yards, it earns a first down, and another set of four downs. If the offense fails to gain 10 yards, it loses possession of the ball. 

The final goal for the offense team is to carry the ball into the touchdown zone(TDZ)

If offense team touch down, they will get 6 points.



-Defence team

The job of the defense is to stop the offense. The 6 men on the defensive team all work together to keep the offense from advancing toward the defense's end zone.

The defense tries to prevent the offense not only from scoring but also from gaining the 10 yards needed for a first down. If the offense reaches fourth down, it usually punts the ball (kicks it away). This forces the other team to begin its drive further down the field.


■Reference pictures 


※Basic formation of defense.


 ※(G) protecting (QB) from opponents (DT) and (LB).


■Fun part of Touch football


Both offense team and defense team, each position has their own role and if someone breaks the rule or ignore the strategy from the QB, the whole movement will collapse and will not gonna work. This shows the importance of each position`s responsibility.

This mind will also become important in my daily work. The team has a goal and aiming the same thing as a team. We have to think about each other, understand the objective of our strategy. There is no one who is not responsible for their every role.

-Safe and healthy

Touch football`s basic idea comes from American football, however, American football is way dangerous to play as a hobby and too risky that might effects to your main job due to a hight possibility of injury.

On the other hand, for touch football, you still could enjoy the basic strategic part of American football but much safer.  In addition, you will have enough chance to move your body but not too much so it will not effects a lot for your daily work.


Touchfoot ball is a great sport to play as a hobby but at the same time, there are many aspects which you can learn and apply to your day job or to your life.

We will have the big match in July 2018 at YOKOHAMA STADIUM.

Come see me if you have any interest!!!!

Thank you.



HDE Advent Calendar Day 21: Investment

Hi, I'm Yoshiki, Executive Vice President and in charge of sales and marketing in HDE. Today, I'd like to let you know special investment plan in this blog!


Are you interested in investing? Have you ever invested anything? What did you invest, Stock, Real Estate, Commodity, Bit Coin, or studying English??

 Although there are so many investments in the market, I know the best way to invest!


It’s easy, all you have to do is playing baseball as often as possible!

Those who believe shall be saved! Let me introduce super heroes as below,


HDE Advent Calendar Day 20: Introduction of my hometown

Hi, I'm Tommy, I work in sales div.

Let me introduce Mie prefecture, a secret sightseeing spot.

Mie prefecture belongs to Tokai region, and it is located in the south of Nagoya.

On the map, Mie prefecture looks like the katakana letter "ト".

Its population is 1.8 million. Since Tokyo Dome can accommodate 55,000 people,

it only takes about 32 Tokyo Domes to hold every resident of Mie prefecture.

Mie has many popular spots, but it is not well known that they are located in Mie.

This time, I will introduce seven Japanese No.1 titles of Mie, so I hope you will be a fan of Mie.



1. Iga Ninja


photo by Simon Starr


Iga-ryū (伊賀流, "the Iga School") is a most famous school of ninjutsu in Japan.

Hattori Hanzo, the most famous Ninja, was also Iga-ryū.

In Iga, there is still a real Ninja Yashiki and there is a real ninja.

If you go to Iga, you can see a powerful ninja show.



2. Yokkaichi Industrial complex


photo by ot0rip 604

It is one of the leading industrial regions in Japan.

It was famous for the pollution-caused disease "Yokkaichi asthma", but recently it is famous for its beautiful view at night.

People often say it is the most beautiful view in all industrial complex at night.



3. Suzuka Circuit


photo by Michael Elleray

The Suzuka Circuit is the most famous motorsport race track in Japan.

People often say that it is the best race track in the world.

At this place, Formula One's Japan Grand Prix is held.


4. Matsusaka beef


photo by tc_manasan

It is one of the most famous beef in Japan and it is most high-grade beef in Japan.

When you came to Matsusaka, please drop by Wadakin(和田金), the most famous Matsusaka beef restaurant.

By the way, Matsusaka is my birthplace and the birthplace of the Mitsui conglomerate(Zaibatsu).



5. Ise Jinguu (Ise Grand Shrine)


photo by Kentaro Ohno

Ise Jinguu is Japan’s most sacred shrine.

And it is not a single shrine.

A complex of 125 shrines is collectively called Ise Jinguu.

Its area is roughly the same size as Paris.

It is said that it is the best spiritual site in Japan.

Amaterasu-ōmikami, the origin of the imperial family, is enshrined.



6. Ise-Shima (伊勢志摩)


photo by sawa

Ise-Shima is known as a city that has a lot of "Ama".

"Ama" is a professional woman diver who dives without breathing/diving equipment.

They dive to collect kinds of seafood, pearls or etc.

In 2016, the 42nd G7 summit was held there.

7. Owase (尾鷲市)


photo by asa82 

It is the rainiest town in Japan.

The average annual amount of rainfall of Tokyo is 1528.8 mm,

but Owase has a record of 806 mm rainfall in one day.



Finally, I introduce the world heritage in Mie.

Kumano Kodō (熊野古道)


photo by rurinoshima

Kumano Kodō is a pilgrimage road leading to Kumano Sanzan.

Kumano Sanzan has been worshiped since about 2000 years ago.


Onigajyō (鬼ヶ城)


photo by Photocon Japan

Onigajyō is a scenic spot, it is made by land uplift and angry waves of Kumano Sea.




How did you like it?

Have you become interested in Mie?

When you come to Nagoya or Osaka, please extend your visit to Mie.

Thank you.