A MASSPRODUCTION COLUMN (07/22/97, 03/10/98,01/28/99 Revised)
Generally speaking, Beach Volleyball Man attracts Homerun Woman. It is true her batting power is unusual but her generation do not any professional baseball player (Policewoman Natsumi Tsujimoto was born in 1964). At present baseball welcomes female fielders in both USA and Japan.
If you come to Japan and want to watch a baseball game, you may read the following guide on stadiums in Japan.
- Fukuoka Dome
It is located at Fukuoka called Momochi. Fukuoka Daiei Hawks of Pacific League have the franchise there. Hawks are famous for the manager. He is Sadaharu Oh, a former star player of Tokyo Yomiuri Giants. JR Trunk Line Hakata Terminal is contiguous to Fukuoka Airport. They are connected with Fukuoka City Subway. Fukuoka Dome is located at western seaside of Fukuoka city. It is near Oohori Koen Park, a famous park in Japan.
- Hiroshima Citizen Stadium
It is public and located at Hiroshima. Hiroshima Toyo Carp have the franchise there. Carp are famous for breeding system of players and the foreigner CEO of Mazda. Formerly they employed Yutaka Enatsu, a famous pitcher in Japan and won the Japan Series Championships in 1979 and 1980. Then Buffaloes were defeated twice. They were the enemies of Buffaloes fans. However we went to the enemy stadium and were much astounded. The stadium is adjacent to Atomic Bomb Dome (Japanese word: Genbaku Dome)!!! Most of Buffaloes Fans then reflected. (You will understand the Atomic Bomb Dome is much smaller than the stadium when you see it.)
- Green Stadium, Kobe
It is located at Sougou-Undou Koen, Kobe. Orix BlueWave of Pacific League has the franchise there. They are famous for Ichirou Suzuki, a star player in Japan. He has established many new records in Japanese professional baseball. Of course he is the most popular player in Japan. However the stadium is close to Sakakibara-Seito's killing field. BlueWave players held a get-together for depressed children there recently. Sougou-Undou Koen Station of Kobe City Subway is the next stop of Myoudani Station. Myoudani Station is the next of Myouhou-ji. The two stations are adjacent to the spots of the crimes.
- Koshien Stadium
It is located at Nishinomiya, Hyogo. Hanshin Tigers of Central League have the franchise there. Hanshin Tigers are frequently defeated but Tigers fans do not give up the winning. They love yellow and black. They sing a song called Rokkou Oroshi. They launch rocket-shaped balloons at the seventh inning. Tigers employ many second-rate players. However the second-rate players are very popular, for example, Tsuyoshi Shinjou, Toshirou Yufune, Keiichi Yabu, Tsutomu Kameyama, etc. The stadium is near many Sake brewers and Koshien Hanshin Park amusement park.
Thereafter Hanshin Railway employed Mr. Katsuya Nomura as Tigers' Manager in 1998. As you know, he created ID-Baseball method. Using the method, when he was the manager of Yakult Swallows, he won the championship of Central League three times. Mr. Katsuya Nomura was an excellent player (catcher) of Former Nankai Hawks. He was a famous slugger. His son Katsunori Nomura is a catcher of Swallows. His wife Sachiyo Nomura is famous, too.
In 1999, Osaka people, economy, and Governor expect Nomura.
- Osaka Dome
It is located at Taishou, Osaka. Kintetsu Buffaloes of Pacific League have the franchise there. Hideo Nomo of Los Angeles Dodgers was a player of Buffaloes. The stadium is close to Osaka Gas Company. Therefore there are three huge gas tanks at the back of the stadium. Moreover the stadium is near both Taishou station of JR West and Kujou station of Osaka City Subway. It was thought that the area was a humble area.
- Nagoya Dome
It is located at Ozone, Nagoya. It is very very distant from JR Tokai Ozone Station. Chunichi Dragons of Central League have the franchise there. They are famous for Mr. Sun, a famous pitcher from Korea. Sun was in good condition in 1997. However the stadium is close to hospitals, universities, and public housing areas. Dragons fans must be quiet.
- Tokyo Dome
"Tokyo Dome" is a large-scale juridical person under Yomiuri Newspaper Group. It is located at Suidou-Bashi, Tokyo. Tokyo Yomiuri Giants of Central League and Nippon Ham Fighters of Pacific League have the franchise there. Fighters are famous for Hiromitsu Ochiai, a star player in Japan. He had also made many records. Giants are the oldest, largest and richest team in Japan. Most of Giants players are rather popular. Tokyo Dome Company also manages an amusement park called Kourakuen Yuenchi. The stadium and the park are close to University of Tokyo.
- Jingu Stadium
It is public and located at Gaien-Mae, Tokyo. Yakult Swallows of Central League have the franchise there. They are famous for the manager. He is Katsuya Nomura, a former star player of Hawks. He and his wife Sachiyo Nomura often appear on TV show programs to provoke his rivals. The stadium is close to the National Stadium where J-League professional football games are held. Moreover the stadium is near the Crown Prince's Palace (Japanese word: Tougu Gosho).
- Chiba Marine Stadium
It is public and located at Kaihin-Makuhari, Chiba. Chiba Lotte Marines of Pacific League have the franchise there. Hideki Irabu of New York Yankees was a player of Marines. Chiba city has invested half of the capital of the stadium enterprise company (accurately 49 percent). The team is also thought to be public. When Mr. Irabu wanted to join Major League, Chiba people were angry and regarded him as selfish. The stadium is close to Makuhari Messe, the largest convention center in Japan. Many trade fairs on computer systems are held there every year.
- Yokohama Stadium
It is located at Kannai, Yokohama. Yokohama Baystars (Maruha) of Central League have the franchise there. They are famous for Mr. Sasaki, a famous pitcher in Japan. He is called Hama-Big-Jinn(Japanese word: Hama No Dai Majin). The stadium is close to Yokohama Municipal Office and Kanagawa Prefectural Government. Moreover it is near Ferris Girls' School. High society families in Tokyo and Yokohama send their daughters to the school.
In 1998, Hana-Big-Jin's fine plays steered Baystars to the championship of Japan Series.
- Seibu Stadium
It is located at rural Tokorozawa, Saitama. Seibu Lions of Pacific League have the franchise there. Lions are famous for Mr. Kazuo Matsui, a swift-footed player. He played an active part in the US-Japan Professional Baseball Games of 1996. The stadium is going to be rebuilt to be a dome stadium. Tokorozawa city is near Higashi-Murayama City of Tokyo Metropolis. Lions are managed by Seibu Railway Plutocracy.
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