SAKU TAKANASHI, Japan — A new trophy home in Japan is celebrating its first year in operation with the winning of the 2018 Saku Taka trophy, a home of Japanese motorsport, as the nation celebrates its 50th birthday.
Sakurajima, the oldest trophy house in Japan, announced on Tuesday that its home at Kasegawa, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of Tokyo, has become the world’s largest and has been awarded the title of Saku Taikyu for the best trophy in the world.
The winner will be announced at the ceremony on April 15.
Sakuranashi was among the few Japanese to be involved in motorsport and a pioneer of Japanese motor racing, winning the world championship in 1932, a year after the country’s first national race, a series of short-lived events called kurosaku kōsaku, or “grand champion.”
The trophy is not only a symbol of Japan’s status as a global power, but also a symbol for Japan’s commitment to sport, Takanushi said.
“I believe that the Saku-Taka trophy is the symbol of sport and that it has a role in strengthening Japan’s reputation in the international community,” he said.
Takanushi’s family and a Japanese sports team were among the first to win the trophy.
He was also among the earliest to adopt a driving style, using a Mitsubishi Lancer, later named the S-Type, for racing.
Taka, a term for the Japanese language, is also used for Japanese, the Japanese national anthem and the official anthem of Japan.
Saku Takamachi, the winner of the championship in 1928, won it in a Ford Taurus convertible in 1924, the year before Japan was founded.
The Saku family also holds the title for having won the title in Japan’s first motorsport race in 1924.