Baseball in Japan is as patriotic as baseball in America. They love their players (especially Ichiro Suzuki) and their chants and noisemakers. We watched the Tokyo home team, the Yomiuri Giants, play the visiting Dragons from Nagoya. Jesse almost switched teams for lack of excitement, but James made her hang on to the end. With a score of 4-2 Dragons in the bottom of the 9th inning, pinch-hitter Yoshiyuki Kamei stepped in to hit a 3 run walk off homer. The crowd went crazy, chanting KA-ME-I! Japanese men muttered "arigato" to themselves and the whole dome saluted their hero. We have a new home team to root for now. Good place to be on a rainy Saturday night.
Sea of umbrellas filtering out of the stadium. The average Japanese person owns 7 umbrellas. Being the Oregonian I am, I just put up my hood.
There was a crazy wind tunnel as we left the game. People were sort of sucked out of the stadium and were screaming and laughing at the intense winds.
And lastly, a great article about baseball in Japan. This was our experience exactly.