Tokyo's forthcoming Olympic Games will be the first ever held in Asia, and SPORTS ILLUSTRATED decided early in 1963 that this special year-end issue would be a salute to the sportsmen of that vast, fascinating—and seemingly far away—continent. To achieve that goal, our writers and photographers and artists spent months in research and reporting, and traveled in all close to 175,000 miles—most of it by jet but a significant part by auto, train, sloop, junk and even sampan.
These correspondents and other staff members are about to enjoy their year-end holiday. In our next issue, two weeks hence, we will announce our Sportsman of the Year. Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.