HARRODSBURG - Mark Bryant is happy that Hitachi has decided to bring the Japanese game pang pong to Anderson-Dean Community Park.
"I think it will catch on, and eventually I'd like to start a league," said Bryant, director of the park.
Pang pong is a game that started in 1922 in Hitachi City, Japan. It resembles a cross between tennis and ping pong, and seems to be gaining some popularity not only in Japan but at the nearby Hitachi plant. The company has courts on-site where employees can play and also sponsors a tournament where two winners will be sent to Japan to compete in the finals.
Bryant said Hitachi approached him in August about constructing the courts at the park, and they quickly put it in front of the park board for approval. "Hitachi is paying for the courts, and I feel like this will eventually draw more people to us," said Bryant.