A few weeks ago we attended our first baseball game in Tokyo. Baseball is a very popular sport in Japan, so we decided we had to experience the fun! In Japanese, “baseball” is called “yakyū” (野球) – which combines the characters for field and ball. Japanese baseball teams are named after their corporate owners (like Yakult and Hanshin), rather than the city they play in.
No…it was not raining during the game. (It was extremely humid though!) Every time the Swallows scored a run, the fans bring out umbrellas! Per JapanBall.com, this is the fans way of discreetly telling the opposing pitcher it’s time to head for the showers.
The Tigers fans were just as crazy…
The fans will cheer the ENTIRE time their team is up-to-bat. Both sides have people designated to lead the cheers. If you look closely in the above photo, you will see the leader to the left of the guy wearing the red shirt. He has his hands in the air and looks like he is directing a marching band.