A Japanese high school cheerleading team has returned home after winning a US competition for a 5th straight time.
The team named JETS, from Fukui Commercial High School in central Japan, won in the international team performance division of the National Championship in the United States this month. The prestigious contest is organized by the US National Dance Alliance.
The squad's 28 members were greeted by applause from students and teachers at a victory ceremony at their school gym on Thursday, one day after returning to Japan.
Teacher and coach Yuko Igarashi said every member of the team pulled together for the championship, and that they'll now aim for a 6th consecutive title.
A Japanese movie inspired by the team's first victory in the event, in 2009, is to be released this month.
STREET FOOD! We're back for more in one of Japan's most traditional cities, Nara.
What was once Japan's capitol is now a place loaded with delicious street food for humans and deer alike. So, what's Nara got to offer? I hope you're hungry! (ONLY in JAPAN )
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