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    Hanshin Tigers - Baseball

    by Pixiekatten Updated Apr 2, 2008

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    History of the Tigers!
    The Hanshin Tigers baseball club is the second oldest pro baseball franchise in Japan, founded on December 10, 1935. The Tigers took part in the first professional baseball "season" in Japan the following year.
    From 1936 to 1938, the Tigers were arguably the best team in Japanese pro baseball. However, from 1939 the Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants began to dominate, beginning the bitter rivalry between the two teams which continues today.

    The Tigers were extremely successful in the early years, winning championships in 1936-38, 1944 and 1947. The year 1985 is still fondly remembered by all Hanshin fans. Not only did the club win the Japan Series for the first (and so far only) time, but their first baseman Randy Bass won the Triple Crown award AND the Japan Series MVP award as well - in the process elevating himself to God-like status in the Kansai region. When the Hanshin Tigers won the Japan Series in 1985, the fans went delirious. Among other things, they hijacked a train in Tokyo, and at Dotonbori, one of the entertainment districts in Osaka, people were jumping into the polluted river.

    Historic Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya is the oldest and most famous ballpark in Japan and the home of the Hanshin Tigers. It was built in 1924 and has been the scene of many great baseball feats over the years.

    Ticket prices range from 1400 to 3500 yen (a little more when the Giants are in town), with kids' tickets starting from 500 yen. You can buy tickets at the ground or at one of the many general ticket outlets in Kansai. But if the Tigers are playing well, you'll have to book well ahead!

    Equipment: The Hanshin Tigers Fight Song

    The Wind of Mount Rokko
    (The official English version, but not a direct translation.)

    Dashing swiftly through the wind blowin' from Rokko
    Like the big sun soaring in the clear blue sky
    Mighty spirit of the youth shows the victor's grace
    The name that shines in glory "Hanshin Tigers"
    Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Hanshin Tigers
    Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Hooray!

    Powerful hits and skillful pitch achieved a thousand times
    Trained with every discipline here at Koshien
    Crowned with constant victory glorious, matchless feat
    Always proud, invincible "Hanshin Tigers"
    Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh! Hanshin Tigers
    Hooray, Hooray, Hooray, Hooray!

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    Sumo Baseball & Rickshaw Racing

    by BorderHopper Written Apr 16, 2005

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    Sporting enthusists will be happy to know that Japan is big on sports. Some of my favorite Japanese sporting events would have to be Sumo wrestling which can been seen in Osaka or Tokyo during certain limited times during the year. I believe September is a big month for sumo. Baseball also draws large crowds and most major Japanese cities have a team. Check the season schedule. The photo I've included in this tip has nothing to do with any of the sproting events I've mentioned but it does show what I'd consider to be a Japanese athlete. These rickshaw drivers are amazingly strong and were capable of pulling sveral passengers up a steep hill near Ginkaku-ji temple in Kyoto.

    A true Japanese strongman pulling loaded rickshaw
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    by bkoon Updated May 21, 2004

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    Like other cities in Japan, baseball is the sport in Kyoto. When i was there, I saw a lot of merchandise of the Hanshin Tigers, one of the teams in the baseball league in Japan.

    Japanese love to watch baseball. Not only that, most of them love to play the sport too. There are quite a handful of baseball fields in Kyoto.

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    Spa - hot springs

    by jorgblaser Written Mar 24, 2003

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    Dont miss the spa in kyoto. It is known there and i was in the oldest one. very interesting. But hard to get.
    I ticket the scuba diving up there... that was the only one which suits.
    In the spa i went there was even electic bath, but that was terrible as it shot electric shocks in your legs (what is in water) so you are shaked.... not nice... but interesting.

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    by Blatherwick Updated May 10, 2004

    Baseball is pretty big in Japan. These kids were practicing the suicide squeeze and stealing home. How come the majors don't steal home anymore?

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