Trip Overview - A Brief Description
"Just a note to let you know we made it home
in one piece. Well, actually, more than one piece since we took a large bit of
Japan home with us in our hearts." --- Tom and Maria R.
Japanese baseball is as much a reflection of that country's culture as
American baseball is for the United States.
With our Japan Baseball Adventure you get an inside, in-depth view of
Japanese baseball....and Japan. We'll cover a lot of ground and through your
travels you'll get an understanding of not only Japanese baseball, but
As Robert Whiting notes in his delightful book on the Japanese game, “Ya
Gotta Have Wa,” there are extraordinary things about their national sport:
Bands that play Beethoven during opening day ceremonies; commentators who cite a
player's blood type in the belief it affects performance; colorful balloon
releases during the seventh inning stretch; and umpires who practice their
calls in pre-game warm-ups.
Perhaps most unusual is the Japanese fan
himself, who'll sit quietly through a game foregoing the loud and vulgar conduct
sometimes on display in U.S. parks.
But take that Japanese fan and put him in one of the organized cheering
groups (oendan) that are in the outfield bleachers and he quickly sheds his
restraint. Spurred on by energetic cheerleaders and the pounding rhythm of
taiko drums, horns, whistles and other noisemakers, he becomes a wild man,
yelling and screaming the entire game.
A television producer once remarked after spending nine innings in the midst
of an oendan of several thousand, “These people are lunatics! There's more
noise here than a World Series and Army-Navy game combined.”
You needn't worry though, our seats are infield chairs well away
from all that craziness, but you're certainly welcome to visit in the
outfield if you so desire!
Japan is a fascinating blend of 21st century modernity and centuries old
traditions: pagodas glitter amidst a forest of glass towers; city life is muted
by the tinkling of temple bells; and as a farmer hand-plants his rice crop a
bullet train flashes by.
And baseball, well, Japanese pro ball is something akin to an over-the-top,
big time college football game. It's simply to be experienced. The baseball is
fun, the country clean, neat and effervescent, and the people most
Not only do we show you a broad array of baseball but you will, in a real sense,
see all of Japan as we visit many places throughout the country to give you an
in-depth experience of the country that you'll truly never forget.
And getting to our destinations is simply a marvel. We use everything
from the sleek, high-speed Shinkansen bullet trains that rocket down the tracks,
to the white-gloved taxi drivers in their spotless late-model cars with doors
that automatically open to let us in, to the convenient, gleaming subways.
Some of our guests have noted that the speed and ease of moving around Japan
may itself be worth the visit.
Our tour is fully escorted. I'll be with you the whole way, along
with my partner, Mayumi, who is a native Japanese. We'll meet you when you arrive
and see you off as you depart Japan. But we are never so close as to encroach on
your personal experience of the Japanese game and Japan.