Osaka, Japan: Play Ball


We headed out to an evening baseball game at the Kyocera Dome Osaka. I loved the deep green of the turf against the vibrant orange of the baseball diamond. Attending a baseball game in Japan is one of the top 10 things you must do when you get the chance. I finally got to hang out with Drew, one of my staff colleagues and a fellow UVA grad (Go Hoos!). He is 3 years younger than I am, but we were both Resident Assistants in college so I knew him from our time on staff, something we both agree changed our lives.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a big baseball aficionado, I love going to games for the fresh air, beer and pretzels. The comaraderie of friends laughing in the sunshine. This was no different (minus the sun due to the dome being an indoor sort of thing). Very cool beer dispensing method!

It was fun to watch the Japanese fans root on the Orix Buffaloes (yes, they spell it with an “e”) with their numerous coordinated cheers, the HUGE team flags and their love for each player. Every.single.player. has his own song, and the fans know each one. It was great to crowd watch because in between bouts of riotous cheering the Japanese fans are very sedate and quiet. They are either all cheering together or totally quiet, there’s no random hootin’ and hollerin’, its all or nothing.

I had yak noodles and fried squid on a stick at the game, same same..but different (some of yall will get that!).

**In response to the comments: I’m not ready to come home yet, so I banish any such conversation on that topic!

6 thoughts on “Osaka, Japan: Play Ball”

  1. Hanging out with Drew sounds like fun…and easy on the eyes.
    Sounds like you had a great time and really enjoyed yourself.
    As always, I look forward to checking out your site.
    See you back at the States! (somewhere in time)

  2. As much as I miss you, I would not be surprised at all if you just turned around and headed right back out as soon as you hit the coast! So if that is what your heart tells you to do, go for it!

  3. You taught me what has become my mantra –
    You don’t have to do one thing the rest of your life, its about what you are going to do next! I love that you are doing this now and can’t wait to see what you do next.

  4. LOL @ “hootin’ and hollerin’ ” …I hadnt heard those words used in a while..def. think I should use them more often !! Im leaving LA today….sorry I should have scheduled my trip in time to see ya in San Diego so someone would be there hootin’ and hollerin’ for ya when u get off the ship..but Im sure plenty of folks will be there to greet you! See ya soon (hopefully) and have a safe journey home!

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