Friday, November 16, 2007


Survey Says, Besuboru!

Little off-topic here, but are any readers out there fans of Yakyu, also known as Japanese baseball? I've been doing some reading on it--Robert Whiting's You Gotta Have Wa--and I've decided it's going to be my new sport/league/fetish of choice. I've found a few neat web pages, and I'm currently deciding between the Seibu Lions and Hanshin Tigers as my official team (the Lions because owner Yoshiaki Tsutsumi's first love is hockey, the Tigers because they are considered the Boston Red Sex of Japanese baseball). But I'm looking for a few other things, including:

1) Online viewing of games.
2) Other websites covering the sport. I think the sites I have found will provide box scores and such, but I just want to make sure I'm not missing something.
3) Places to purchase merchandise. I've found an online store, but are there any places in Edmonton or Western Canada that sell this stuff?
4) Video games. I know some exist, but are they available for purchase or download in North America? I figure this would be the easiest way to immerse myself into the sport.
5) Just someone to talk to about the sport, which, by all accounts that I've ever read, is a very different game than the one played in our neck of the woods.

Anyhoo, I thought I'd just throw this out there, as Friday is usually a slower day. I'm guessing there has to be at least two or three readers who have either spent time in Japan or are living there now.


Go for the Tigers - any team considered the "Red Sex" of anything should be your automatic first choice. *wink*

HA! I didn't even notice that. Totally staying.

I have always thought the Nippon Ham Fighters had the best name of any sports team in the universe

It's damn good. I also like the Tulane Green Wave.

When I went to Japan I randomly picked a team and player when I got a jersey and now that pitcher plays for a certain Boston area team...

Another good team name? Yakult Swallows (the company that owns the team, Yakult, makes this yogurt type drink).

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