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Aichi Crossing

The Aichi Crossing (or the Aichi Centoria International Crossing Swim) is a new Japan International Open Water Swimming Association competition held in Nagoya, Japan.

The 2 km crossing is organized by Yutaka Shinozaki and part of the 2014-2015 World Open Water Swimming Series.

Yutaka Shinozaki is the visionary, energetic founder of the Japan International Open Water Swimming Association, an event management company in Tokyo that manages 14 different competitive open water swims and open water swimming seminars and conferences throughout Japan.

Yutaka Shinozaki

He was nominated for the 2011 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year and is one of the race directors in the 2014-2015 World Open Water Swimming Series.

Short and Long Courses

Yutaka Shinozaki, founder of the Japan International Open Water Swimming Association (JIOWSA) announced the 2014 schedule.

The 19-race open water swimming series in Japan is now attracting an international following with athletes coming from Australia, Germany, Sweden, Korea, China, Taiwan and the United States. Shinozaki-san has also added a number of aquathlons (swim-run biathlons) to the JIOWSA series that starts off in spring in southern Okinawa and continues through the summer and fall as series heads north near Tokyo.

"We have added the aquathlon - both short and long courses - which are proving to be very popular," explains Shinozaki. "The short aquathlon is a 500m ocean swim plus a 5 km run. The long aquathlon is a 1.5 km ocean swim followed by a 10 km run."

From Okinawa to Honshu, Shinozaki-san and his staff and volunteers have created an enjoyable, safe, competitive open water swim series for all ages and abilities. From the pre-race beach clean-ups to comprehensive safety considerations, Shinozaki-san continues to promote and professionalize open water swimming in Japan.

The 2014 JIOWSA Schedule

In addition to the Aichi Crossing, which is a WOWSS-featured event, the Japan International Open Water Swimming Association (JIOWSA) additionally provides event management for the multiple open water swimming events in Japan.

* Okinawa Open Water Swim Race (沖縄オープンウォータースイムレース): 500m, 1 km, 3 km
* Minami Atami Aquathlon (南熱海アクアスロン(シリーズ第一戦): 500m swim + 5 km run, 1.5 km swim + 10 km run
* International Cocos Crossing (インターナショナルココスクロッシング): 3.54 km in Guam
* Kansai Airport Aquathlon (関西空港アクアスロン): 500m swim + 5 km run, 1.5 km swim + 10 km run
* Minami Boso Aquathlon (南房総アクアスロン): 500m swim + 5 km run, 1.5 km swim + 10 km run
* Yokosuka Open Water Swim Race (横須賀オープンウォータースイムレース): 500m, 1 km, 3 km
* Inage Open Water Swim Race (稲毛オープンウォータースイムレース): 1 km, 2 km
* Atami Japan Grand Prix 20th Memorial Race (熱海ジャパングランプリ20回記念大会): 500m, 1 km, 3 km
* Aichi Open Water Swim Race (愛知オープンウォータースイムレース): 500m, 1 km, 3 km
* Fukuoka Open Water Swim Race (福岡オープンウォータースイムレース): 500m, 1 km, 3 km
* Biwako Open Water Swim Race (琵琶湖オープンウォータースイムレース): 1 km, 3 km
* Chubu Sentorea Crossing Swim (中部セントレア横断スイム): 2.5 km
* Kansai Rinku Open Water Swim Race (関西りんくうオープンウォータースイムレース): 500m, 1 km, 3 km
* Minami Atami Nagahama Open Water Swim Race (南熱海長浜オープンウォータースイムレース): 500m, 1 km, 3 km
* Minami Boso Open Water Swim Race (南房総オープンウォータースイムレース): 500m, 1 km, 3 km
* Sentorea Airport Aquathlon (セントレア空港アクアスロン): 500m swim + 5 km run, 1.5 km swim + 10 km run
* Chiba Katsura Open Water Swim Race (千葉勝浦オープンウォータースイムレース): 500m, 1 km, 3 km
* Narita Airport Aquathlon (成田空港アクアスロン): 500m swim + 5 km run, 1.5 km swim + 10 km run
* Kumejima Open Water Swim Race (久米島オープンウォータースイムレース): 5 km, 10 km