See How Japanese Enjoy the Game
History of Baseball in Japan
Mr. Hiroshi Hiraoka, an engineering student who played baseball during his studies in the United States, introduced the game to his co-workers at Japan’s national railways in 1878. He and his co-workers created the first baseball team, the Shimbashi Athletic Club. Waseda University was one of the first university teams to visit America to improve their skills. Since then, teams from both countries frequently play against each other. In 1936 the Yomiuri Giants in Tokyo became the first Japanese professional team. Now there are 2 leagues across Japan; Pacific and Central leagues.
Atmosphere in Japanese Stadium
One of the attractions in a Japanese baseball game is the atmosphere. Everyone is enjoying the game and singing. You will find cheerleaders (mostly middle aged men), people eating curry rice or takoyaki (grilled octopus dumplings), and drinking beer. Even if you are not a baseball fan you will enjoy going to a game. There are baseball teams all over Japan but Tokyo and Osaka are the best places to see a game.
High School Baseball
High school baseball is famous in Japan for two annual tournaments played by high schools nationwide culminating at a final showdown at Hanshin Kōshien Stadium (home of the Hanshin Tigers) in Nishinomiya near Kobe and Osaka. The most popular tournament is played in August and all games are televised nationally. It is such an honor for the players to join this tournament that many of them are in tears after being eliminated from the tournament.
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Our team of Japan experts have all lived in Japan for years and know its the hidden treasures. Our team is here to answer all your questions and to build your tour just the way you want it.
Jeff was born in a south suburb of Chicago named South Holland and lived in Japan for 14 years. He now lives in Commerce Township, Michigan with his wife Yoshimi, son Shota, and daughter Mina. He enjoys playing with his kids, volunteering with his daughter’s marching band, cycling and training and teaching Aikido.
Michiyo was born in Noboribetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture though currently lives in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture. Her main passions in life is traveling all around the world and enjoying their cultures.
Izumi has spent most of her life in the Kansai region, except for the 10 years that she enjoyed in the UK. Living abroad has made her appreciate her own culture and local beauty even more. She currently lives in Osaka with her family, including two cats and two dogs.
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