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Suiran selected as pet name for the Suita athletic field


On Sunday, December 15, a ceremony was held to celebrate the newly-conferred pet name for the artificial turf completed on the Suita athletic field in July. The Sports Union and members of the soccer teams at the schools of Medicine and Dentistry attended along with many alumni.
This summer Osaka University asked its members to help name the playing field and a selection committee made up of students, trustees, faculty and staff members chose Suiran as the nickname of the playing field. This name was proposed by NAKAI Ryotaro, a first-year student in the School of Human Sciences.
Furthermore, lighting facilities for night games on the playing field will be installed through the generosity of the Gamba Osaka football club. Indicating the university's gratefulness, President Toshio Hirano presented Gamba Osaka with a certificate of appreciation.


The name Suiran is a combination of the words 'Suita' and 'Run.' When written in Japanese, the use of hiragana characters helps create a gentle, friendly feeling. Moreover, there are two words pronounced 'Suiran' in Japanese. The first 'Suiran' (水蘭[hololeion]), is a Japanese flower with beautiful yellow flowers. The second is a classical word, 'Suiran' (翠嵐), meaning "the sense of being engulfed in a green, mountainous atmosphere." In keeping with the spirit of these two words, we hope that the students who use this playing field will live indomitable, worthwhile lives.

1st year student NAKAI, President HIRANO, Trustee EBISU, Trustee HIGASHIJIMA
President HIRANO presents a certificate of appreciation

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