Since being imported from the United States inbaseball has steadily gained popularity in Japan. Of course, given so many years to evolve independently of the American game, Japanese baseball has many differences that Western baseball fans may be unfamiliar with but at the same time retains all the key components to make for a truly enjoyable experience from the seats and bleachers. Take a weekend stroll around the suburbs of any Japanese city and you'll see just how many kids are practicing outside. Upon performing your online payment, please insert the discount coupon code "voyaginmatcha".
The Japanese culture is so sweet and I was really looking forward to experiencing how they do baseball.
Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! We had time in our schedule while we were visiting Tokyo so we looked for a game somewhere in the vicinity — within an hour of Tokyo. There are several teams in the vicinity but the Yokohama Baystars happened to be playing so we settled on looking for tickets to one of their games, which were pretty hard to track down.
We ended up finding two tickets through the concierge at our hotel, who I believe got them from a ticket broker of some sort.
We took the subway to the game, which took about an hour. Jerseys, hats, foam fingers, etc. But we were so surprised that this is not the case in Japan.
When we got to our subway stop and were walking towards the stadium, still nothing. Once we were in the outside walkway heading into the stadium, we noticed a couple of fans wearing jerseys. We had arrived! At the Seattle Mariners games, one of the things we really enjoy seeing on the walk up towards Safeco Field is the food vendors.
Happily, Yokahama had food vendors too. While the U. My favorite treat of the night: Tiramisu Once the Japanese fans are IN the actual stadium, they start changing into their team shirts and their fandom spirit seems to come to life. Can you imagine going to a Yankees game and them selling Red Sox gear?!
Japan is different that way. First of all, the seats are TINY. I'm a small person and I felt very squished. Everything is veryclean as are the majority of the public spaces in Tokyo. Many of the fans have little garbage bags hung at their seats where they put every bit of their garbage.
There is NO garbage tossed on the floor. In fact, someone near us spilled a beer and everyone took immediate notice. And just as quickly as the beer had been spilled, there was an employee there with a mop to thoroughly clean it up.
We learned later on that many people have their favorite "beer girls", many of them with quite a following, and people like to order from their favorite young ladies.
The day we attended, it was really hot and humid and the ladies were working incredibly hard. They do not have an easy job!
Japanese baseball has cheerleaders!
So many songs. A song for each team, and a song for each player and everyone knows the words.
It was really endearing. But one of my favorite highlights? The mini monster truck that takes the field a few times between innings with a machine-gun type apparatus that shoots t-shirts out into the crowd.
Just before the 7th inning stretch, you see most of the spectators pulling out packages of balloons that they begin to blow up and then all at once, they let them go and the air is filled with balloons crazily flying all over before raining back down again, only to be cleaned upright away.
It was funny to see a tiny bit of mayhem and such order go hand in hand. The night ended on a high note when the Baystars won the game and we were treated to a huge fireworks show which most fans seemed to stay for. It was really fun to see how the Japanese culture has taken our American baseball and given it their own twist that is fitting for them.
As we made our way back to the subway, we watched as the fans removed their jerseys and made their way out, dressed once again in their everyday outfits. The subway back to the hotel was of course, completely silent.
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