The One about Tokyo Dome Ball Park Store

For those going to Tokyo Dome and are looking for Yomiuri Giants (the popular Tokyo Central League baseball team) gear, you have three options. One is the small official Yomiuri Giants store, the other is the Under Armour Yomiuri Giants store and then you have Tokyo Dome Ball Park Store. A store that caters to fans of all NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) teams, you can find team merchandise throughout the […]

The One about the Memorial Event for Wayne S. Graczyk

Memorial Event for Wayne S. Graczyk Noon to 2 PM., Saturday, May 20, 2017 Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan  You are invited to celebrate the life of Wayne Graczyk, longtime columnist for The Japan Times and Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) member. Wayne passed away on April 19, 2017 while in Kumamoto to help Nippon Television cover a countryside game between the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. He […]

The One about Kubota Slugger

In the United States, we are accustomed to ordering online for baseball gear these days and while sports shop retailers still exist, you have your department stores that sell baseball gloves and some who go online to find really awesome quality baseball gloves such as Vinci. In Japan, while many are familiar with Mizuno, SSK, Hatakeyama and Zett but another company out there is Kubota Slugger. I recently visited the […]

The One About Wayne Graczyk (RIP Wayne)

It was a few weeks ago that I was promoting Wayne Graczyk’s latest Japan Pro Baseball Fan Handbook & Media Guide and today, I have learned that Wayne had passed away after a game in Kumamoto, helping NTV to cover a game between the Yomiuri Giants vs. the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. When it comes to Japanese baseball #NPB, there are a few people who have contributed consistently each and every […]

The One about the Official Chunichi Dragons Nagoya Site Goods Shop

In my effort to visit every NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) stadium and official team store, I headed to Nagoya prefecture to visit Nagoya Dome and the official Chunichi Dragons team store (or Chunichi Dragons Nagoya Site Good Shop). For those not familiar with the Chunichi Dragons, the team was established back in 1936 and were known as Nagoya-gun (Nagoya Club) and later Sangyo-gun until a decade later where they were […]

The One about My New York Yankees Shrine, Part 1

When it comes to sports, if there was one team I show my strong affinity of fandom, it would be the New York Yankees. My home office is literally displaying my love for the New York Yankees. Was I always a New York Yankees fan growing up?  Growing up as a child in California, our exposure to baseball was Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, the Oakland Athletics or San […]

The One about Wayne Graczyk’s “Japan Pro Baseball Fan Handbook & Media Guide”

As a big fan of Japanese pro baseball (NPB – Nippon Professional Baseball), I’m often asked how one can get into Japanese baseball.  And most importantly, something they can follow because they can’t read or speak Japanese. I always recommend connecting with fans on the NPB Reddit site, where communication is primarily all in English. But there is one source that has always done a great job of getting me […]

Travel Guide – Japan: The One about How to Watch Live Japanese Baseball Games During Your Visit to Japan

Between March through November in Japan, it’s baseball season. And baseball games in Japan are entertaining, lively and a different vibe than what one would experience in the United States.  As one friend would say, it’s like a baseball game and concert mushed into one. In Japan, the baseball teams are: Central League: Yomiuri Giants (Tokyo) Yakult Swallows (Tokyo) Hiroshima Carp (Hiroshima) Hanshin Tigers (Osaka) DeNa Yokohama Baystars (Yokohama) Chunichi […]