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Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers – a Great Baseball Rivalry

March 26, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

When the Tokugawa Shogunate finally wrested political control from Osaka and moved the seat of power to Edo in 1615, few could have imagined that four hundred years later animosity and hostilities between the two cities would remain. However each spring, the battle recommences in the form of the perennial contest between the country’s two great […]

Nagoya Baseball – The Chunichi Dragons

March 26, 2017 by Mark Guthrie

When you think of Japanese sports, there is a good chance that a martial art comes to mind. However, if you ask a local what their favorite sport is, you might be in for a surprise.  The largest professional sports competition, in terms of television ratings and spectators, baseball is considered by many to be the Japan’s number one […]

Baseball in Hiroshima with The Toyo Carp

March 22, 2017 by Justin Hanus

Baseball in Japan Nippon Professional Baseball (an organization similar to the USA’s MLB) consists of two leagues, the Central League (Chunichi Dragons, Hanshin Tigers, Hiroshima Toyo Carp, Tokyo Yakult Swallows, Yokohama DeNA BayStars, and the Yomiuri Giants) and the Pacific League (Chiba Lotte Marines, Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, Orix Buffaloes, Saitama Seibu Lions, and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles). There […]

Shorter Days + Cooler Weather = Momijigari

October 25, 2016 by Justin Hanus

There is only a relatively small band of latitudes across planet earth where the chlorophyll in the leaves of deciduous trees breaks down when the daylight shortens in the fall and the natural colors of red and orange and yellow remain. Japan is one of the fortunate places in that band. The natural phenomenon has […]

It’s Fall in Japan; Time to get Nutty about Chestnuts

October 24, 2016 by Justin Hanus

For many folks autumn in Japan means chestnuts. Asia is known as both the largest producer and the largest consumer of chestnuts in the world. Scientists studying the remains of ancient hillside villages in Japan have documented the use of nuts as food sources as far back as 9,000 years. One of the attractions of […]