Day 8 – June 10, 2012

12 Jun

Today, Sunday, was our first “free-day.”  We decided to attend a baseball game at Jingu Stadium where the Tokyo Swallows played the Lions!! The cheering, and even the concessions were much different than going to an American baseball game.  Japanese are quiet during the game until they are up to bat – then they cheer with noise sticks and raise umbrellas when they score! – even the songs, dances, and cheers are much different; they have a different cheer for each player, as well as a song.

The above picture is the crowd cheering at the Baseball Game.

Every time the Swallows scored they would raise their umbrellas and say chants!!

The cheerleaders they have at the game are very young (early teens) and the snack/concession girls – the ladies walking around the stadium while the Swallows and Lions played – were dressed in baseball uniforms carrying large coolers and “snack packs” on their shoulders; they looked like little dolls!  During the game, I shared Pop-Rocks with the Japanese students – which they loved!! They said that they do not have candy like that here in Japan.  It ended up raining, but the game still went on.  The end score was Lions – 4, Swallows – 2.

To see the video of the Cheerleaders at the Swallows and Lions game, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adN9uP8Mux0

To see the video of the Umbrellas at the Swallows and Lions game, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CY5yyP-dTeg

To see the video of the Pop-Rock Experience with the Japanese Students, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_uFuxdOue0

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