The Japan Grand Prix was held in June 1996 in Fukuoka Japan. One of the ITTF Pro Tour events, this featured top caliber play.
Koji Matsushita was a very big crowd favorite. However, Ding Song (world #8) won the event. The playing hall was magnificent. Conditions (aside from the heat) were excellent and brought out the best in the competitors. Many new friends were made.
New experiences were the order of the event. Special thanks to Mitsunori Kishi of World Wide Ping Pong for help in contacting folks through the JTTA.