字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント - [Narrator] In most of the world, horseracing is a fast-paced, head-spinning event. But here on Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido, the races move ... (quirky music) A little bit slower. (quirky music) Ban'ei is a form of horseracing found only in Hokkaido in which draft horses pull heavy sleds down a 200 meter dirt track. The sleds can range from 900 to 2,000 pounds, so Ban'ei horses are often twice as big as their speedy counterparts. (quirky music) Kikuchi Kazuki has been a Ban'ei jockey for the past nine years. But the history of this race goes back much further. - [Narrator] The popularity of the races grew, and starting in the 1950s there were four cities hosting races across Hokkaido. However, in recent years interest has waned. And today the races are only held at this racetrack. But that didn't stop Kikuchi. - [Narrator] Pulling one-ton sleds is no easy task. But these draft horses race only every two weeks. And in-between, they're well taken care of. - [Narrator] And for first time spectators, seeing Ban'ei horses can be a bit of a shock. - [Narrator] There have been signs that Ban'ei racing may be regaining popularity. Either way, Kakuchi is happy to be part of this tradition.