About us
 
Name: Baton Twirling Association of Japan (BTAJ)
 
Address:6-10-1 Higashi-ueno Taito-ku Tokyo 110-0015, Japan
 
Tel&Fax: 81-3-5830-7863/ 81-3-5830-7864
 
Established: April 1st, 2013
 
Baton twirling was introduced to Japan in 1967.  The baton twirling section of the Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Association and the Japan Sport Baton Association were merged to establish an independent organization known as the Baton Twirling Association of Japan in March 2013.
 
Purpose:
   The purpose of the association is to contribute towards the development of
   sport, art, and culture in Japan by promoting and conducting baton twirling
   activities.
 
Activities:
   In order to achieve its purpose, the association implements the following
   functions;
  1. Organizes promotional and creative events,
  2. Hosts domestic competitions, contests, seminars, and educational workshops,
  3. Participates in international competitions,
  4. Educates coaches and judges,
  5. Provides certification programs,
  6. Publishes information and research material,
  7. Promotes international exchanges and mutual understanding,
  8. Provides other supportive activities
 
Membership:
   The association establishes the following memberships;
   1.General Membership
       Individuals or groups who agree to the purpose and activities of the
       association, and have been approved
   2.Sponsor Membership
      Individuals or groups who support to the purpose and activities of the
      association, and have been approved
   3.Honorary Membership
      Individuals who have remarkably contributed to the association, and have
      been approved at the General Meeting
 
The Fundamental Philosophy:
        The purpose of the association is to promote and enhance the qualities of
      baton twirling and, by providing such activities and events, to contribute
      to the development and growth of healthy youth.
        By enhancing one’s artistic sensitivities, which is a unique characteristic 
      of baton twirling, promoting sport competition, and encouraging
      international exchanges, the association operates as Japan’s 
      representative organization to promote the sport internationally.
 
Our history
Year
Name of the organization
Important events
1967
Japan Parade Band Association
Established to mainly conduct festival   events
1971
Japan Marching Band Directors’   Association
Established to educate coaches and instructors
1972
All Japan Marching Band Association
Name changed from Japan Parade Band Association
1979
All Japan Marching Band and Baton   Twirling Association
Name changed from All Japan Marching Band   Association
1995
Japan Sport Baton Association (subsidiary organization)
Established as the subsidiary   organization of All Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Association
2002
Japan Sport Baton Association
Became an independent organization
2005
Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling   Association
Merger of Japan Marching Band Directors’   Association with All Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Association
2009
 Japan Marching Band and   Baton Twirling Association
Incorporation of Japan Marching Band and   Baton Twirling Association
2013
Baton Twirling Association of Japan
Merger of Japan Marching Band and Baton Twirling Association with Japan Sport Baton Association to represent the sport of baton twirling in Japan