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Daichi Kawashima and Sawaka Kawashima are a Brother and Sister team on The Amazing Race Asia 2.


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Age: 26
Occupation Interpreter
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan


Age: 28
Occupation Singer, Interpreter
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

For the first time, Japan joins the cast of The Amazing Race Asia and offers up a new element to the race. Siblings Sawaka and Daichi have only recently reunited after a family misunderstanding that happened three years ago. Will the race offer them a chance to re-discover the family love they once shared, or will they buckle under the pressure of their strained family ties?

Like all kids at that age, Sawaka and Daichi, from Tokyo, Japan, enjoyed doing everything together, even fighting over toys and games. But did you know... this mild-manner pair came to blows once in an unforgettable fight that even resulted in blood being drawn?

"It started with a really silly reason. I bumped into his video game machine and all the data was gone. He was very mad and we got into a fist fight. We were even bleeding at the end," recalls a sweet Sawaka, who works as a singer/songwriter and interpreter.

Nonetheless, the siblings both grew up very close and often played sports together (both love soccer and basketball). And even though Daichi holds a black belt in Karate, Sawaka was always keeping a lookout for her younger brother.

"She was so caring that I got embarrassed in front of my friends," he jokes of her sometimes overprotective nature.

So how did these two siblings who have so much in common let things fall apart? A few years ago, Daichi chose to get married without informing his family. When it was discovered, this secret union was a big blow to Sawaka and the start of some unhappy memories to follow. But both are keen to put their discord behind them and race for the grand prize.

The race could be the perfect solution for the both of them to get back on as a team, especially since they will be using special skills that they picked up while growing up in various cities around the world (Mexico, China, and United States) for almost two decades. Besides being fluent in English, Japanese and Spanish, Sawaka and Daichi have a wealth of experience surviving in countries where they are out of sync with the local culture and language.

As for their reasons for taking part, Sawaka has long been a fan of reality television shows and couldn't resist applying when she found out that Japan residents were also allowed to enter. More importantly, the singer also sees the show as a stepping stone in getting her music beyond Japan. "This is a chance for many people to listen to my music," she says.

Interesting! Watch out for this feisty yet fun duo as they possibly fight or talk their way through the race to the finish line... and there Sawaka might just belt out a song or two!

The Amazing Race Asia 2

Race History

Daichi & Sawaka's Race History
Episode Leg Destination(s) Detour Choice
Placement Notes
1 1 Singapore → Philippines Dare / Stair No Roadblock 8 of 10
2 2 Philippines Heel / Wheel Daichi 8 of 10
3 3 Philippines → Hong Kong → New Zealand Wall / Waka Sawaka 6 of 9
4 4 New Zealand Flax / Sticks Daichi 5 of 8
5 5 New Zealand → Japan → South Korea You Catch It / You Cart It Sawaka 5 of 7 [1]
6 Slither / Deliver Daichi 7 of 7
Average 6.80
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield

1: Leg 5 is a double-length leg with two Roadblocks and two Detours, shown over two episodes. The placement listed in the top row reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.

Post Race


  • Daichi & Sawaka are the only team of racers from Japan.
  • First Brother/Sister team to compete on The Amazing Race Asia.
  • First team to be eliminated in South Korea.


The Amazing Race Asia 2 Teams
 Adrian & Collin
Gym Buddies
ASS2 AdrianCollin.jpg
 Daichi & Sawaka
ASS2 DaichiSawaka.jpg
 Diane & Ann
Dancing Mums
ASS2 DianeAnn.jpg
 Edwin & Monica
Dating Ten Years
ASS2 EdwinMonica.jpg
 Kinaryosih & Brett
Dating Two Years
ASS2 KinaryosihBrett.jpg
 Marc & Rovilson
Best Buddies
ASS2 MarcRovilson.jpg
 Natasha & Paula
Childhood Friends
ASS2 NatashaPaula.jpg
ASS2 PamelaVanessa.jpg
 Sophie & Aurelia
ASS2 SophieAurelia.jpg
 Terri & Henry
Married 13 Years
ASS2 TerriHenry.jpg