Rekion includes a very famous recording made at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, when NHK announcer Sansei Kasai (河西三省) abandoned his regular detachment as a journalist to cheer on Japanese swimmer Hideko Maehata (前畑秀子) as she edged out her German rival to win the gold medal in the 200 meter breaststroke event.
- Rekion access in OSUL – Rekion Identifier for the 1936 recording of NHK Radio Women’s 200 Meter Breaststroke 日本放送協会著作所有：水上競技実況放送（女子二百米平泳決勝）is “info:ndljp/pid/8273611”
- To read more about Hideko Maehata and Japan at the 1936 Olympics, see:
Japanese women and sport : beyond baseball and sumo by Robin Kietlinski (Bloomsbury, 2011).
- “Moving Forward: Sports and Gender in Modern Japan” by Robin Orlansky (Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies 5:1 (2007), 71-83)
- Japanese sports: a history by Allen Guttmann and Lee Thompson (U Hawaii Press, 2001).
- Supōtsu Gojūnen (Shōwa Nihon shi. 16). 昭和日本史16: スポーツ五十年 (Akatsuki Kyōiku Tosho, 1976-78).
NOTE: This is one of a series of posts highlighting content available in Rekion (れきおん), the Historical recordings collection of the National Diet Library (Japan), which is available at a dedicated computer in the Music and Dance Library at Ohio State. See the Introductory post in this series for more information about the database.