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Baseball in Japan

August 28, 2017

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Our first baseball game in Japan! We had heard from friends living in Kobe that baseball games in Japan were super fun and amazing. I saw videos and pictures online of people cheerily waving balloons and inflatable sticks while happily munching away on some Japanese chicken and various other snacks. The vibe at the game was very different than what I’m used to for soccer games or other baseball games I’ve seen while living in Canada. Nobody is booing for the other team or taunting the players. There weren’t any groups of rowdy men and women drunk and looking to pick a fight. There were a lot of families totally decked out in the team colours. Solo fans cheering their guts out. Older men cheering their guts out. There were also groups of women happily cheering along, eating food, and enjoying the fresh beer. There was still a big fan section equipped with flags and an entire brass band but it wasn’t mean or teasing to the other team.

Each side would allow the other side to cheer for their own players when each person went up to bat, and the other side didn’t boo or chant opposing cheers. It was very organized yet felt very exciting. The organization didn’t stifle the energy or feeling of excitement in the air. I’m sure you can see this from the video, but it was just such a great vibe. The fans around us that were all decked out in Swallows gear were so happy to see us all cheering and trying to join in. They even lent us their little mini team umbrellas so that we could join in the cheering every time the Swallows got a run.

We lucked out in that it wasn’t raining that day (although it did rain as we left our house so we were worried) but the heat was pretty insane. It was over 35 degrees but a wet humid 35, so we were all just drenched in sweat. The seats were surprisingly comfortable and curved so that it wasn’t just a flat plastic chair, and perhaps it was just where we were sitting, but it had a nice amount of leg room.

If you want to check out a Yakult Swallows game, you can get tickets the day of from the stadium or you can buy them in advance at the machines that sell allllll the tickets at Lawsons. If you want to make sure it isn’t sold out, check out what team they’ll be playing against in adanvce. If they are playing against of the big top teams like the Tokyo Giants, the tickets might be sold out or it could be harder to get group seating with an unreserved seat. So arrive a few hours early to ensure a good seat. We arrived one hour in advance and with the walk and the buying of snacks and food, it was cutting it close to opening pitch at 6pm.

Anyhow, there are a lot of things we couldn’t show in this video, so we talk a lot more about Japanese baseball in this week’s podcast. Or, if you’d like to hear about FARTSLAMS (real word) and what they mean in baseball, you can check out our extra scenes below!

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  1. Loved the video :) Looks so fun!

    3 weeks ago
  2. I am tired from shingling my roof for 5 days straight so, I’m too sore and tired to make a joke or come up with a super nice way of saying this so sorry but, I’m disappointed in this video. The video itself was nice technically, nicely shot, good sound, good lighting, interesting editing. However, the content. 4 hours of watching a baseball game and not a shot of the game itself (except in the bloopers), not a word about the history of baseball in Japan where they take it even more seriously than America (come on, there are tons of manga, anime (Touch!), and movies (Mr. Baseball with Tom Selleck) even if you don’t want to do in depth research). Just sit here, get drunk, enjoy. That might work for a food video or a park but going to an actual event? How am I (as a viewer) supposed to get any idea of what watching the actual baseball game in Japan is like from this video? You focused entirely on what was happening in the stands, which is important, but not the most important part of the experience. Maybe it’s not played differently than American baseball, but a) baseball isn’t popular is most of the world, and b) if I was interested in baseball, I would like to see the actual game being played, even a little. The game was so long that even though you brought in your own alcohol, you bought more at steep prices, it was so long, Martina redid her hair – how could you not show the game? I kept waiting for a shot of the play action but it never came. It might have been nice to even know WHY they pour your drinks into a cup for you….? Doesn’t matter how much you say in SBS, your videos have to be able to stand on their own too. Even though I enjoyed it, and it was a fast turnaround time (I think? based on your twitter?) it was only because of my long history of watching you guise; this video is a bit of a low point in your content-quality. For example, what if you had filmed the Bon Odori video without including the dancing? I don’t know if you have content rules that clash with what you want to film or say (if you do, you could mention it) but please consider carefully how “lack of content creep” can affect your not-everyday-related videos. People can’t help but adore you, but your actual content is what keeps a wider audience coming back for more and additionally interests people who are interested in the event/location you’re filming. That is the most important thing to keep if ever you want to start a new format someday/somewhere in the future.
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    Martina, I do know that your pain is keeping you from good sleep, but sleep is so super important to your and Simon’s daily health. Ask your sis with a new baby, you start to see your days in a blur and act like a robot zombie, going through the motions just to make it through the day, despite your best efforts. I know that you must be already on lots of pain meds but I just hope that when you get injured (beyond your every day EDS), you also take extra care/meds/whatever to help you sleep so that you can heal. If your doctors are just lumping all your pain to EDS and shrugging at you, you should demand more from them, even sleeping meds, especially if you have a large injury (like breaking your hip). Even with EDS, even though it also makes you resistant to a lot of pain killers, there are still some heavier ones for short term that you can get, doctors are just reluctant to prescribe them unless you press them. Doctors will always give you the least they can. A while back I went to emerg with extreme pain (like worse than labour) and they gave me Advil and asked how my pain was, I told them it was still 12/10 then they gave me pain killers and asked how I was, I told them my pain had been at 12/10 and they had only brought me down to 9.5/10, so they game me something stronger and it actually worked. It was so so strong that I definitely would not take it on a regular basis but it helped me for that week when I needed it. Honestly, I was in intense pain, for like hours and hours (it turned out to be a freak virus, my husband got it 2 months later, ended up in emerg same as me, same pain killer situation and he – well I sometimes wonder if he’s a machine he’s so immune to pain and tiredness beyond anyone I’ve ever met -oh, molten metal just went down my boot, I guess I should stop welding and do something about that – oh 40,000V through my body, ah, I’ll finish work then just go to bed early…..9_9). Please take care of yourself don’t discount the super importance of sleep. And Simon, get good sleep so you can take care of yourself too. :)
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    Wow, it’s so quiet in here, I’m beginning to feel like a creeper looking at your family website….eep.

    3 weeks ago
    • I would have loved to have shot the game, but I’m worried about the rights to do so, and I don’t want the video challenged or taken down. To be safe, we focused on us in the audience instead :D

      3 weeks ago
      • Maybe Breaker has some kind of lawyer (on staff or retainer) that could let you know what you can and can’t film/publish? I’m sure that youtube content rights are a different matter but I would think that the two things should be pretty synch-ed up on sporting events. While the laws may be restrictive on what you can film without permission, if people are nice, you may be able to film more than you think with a simple waiver signature or small fee. It might even be worth it to join a press club if you haven’t already. http://fpcj.jp/en/assistance/guide/

        3 weeks ago
        • Ahhh, that’s a bit more big time than we’re interested in. Joining the press, negotiating content rights with big sporting organizations: we’re just two dorks that want to play and shoot videos. Once we start crossing into working with bigger companies it gets a lot more hairy, and really sucks the joy out of shooting, to the point that we even had to turn down video shoots because they were such a pain in the ass. I’m not interested in going that route.

          2 weeks ago
  3. wow this looks so cool and fun :D it´s been a long time for me that i attended a sports event (i think soccer maybe ten years ago?)
    but the fans in germany act totally different so i don´t know if I will go or not.
    And wow since when is Blumio staying in Japan?? :) I just know his reaally old songs he released in germany…
    … FARTSLAM!!! :D new favourite word

    3 weeks ago