Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Baseball is the most popular sport in Japan and on Sunday I went with my friends Mami, Eri and Keiko, to Suidobashi to see the Yomiuri Giants play the Yakult Swallows, at the Tokyo Dome.

The Yomiuri Giants are the biggest and most popular team in Japan. They've been going since the league was formed in 1936 and are the oldest professional team in Japan. The Giants have also won more pennants and Japan Series titles than any other team.

The Professional Baseball League in Japan is called 'Puro Yakyu' and consists of two leagues, which are the Central League and the Pacific League.

The teams in the Central League are the Yomiuri Giants, the Chunichi Dragons, the Yakult Swallows, the Hiroshima Carp, the Hanshin Tigers and the Yokohama BayStars. The teams in the Pacific League are the Kintetsu Buffaloes, the Seibu Lions, the Nihonhamu Fighters, the Chiba Lotte Marines, the Orix Blue Wave and the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks.

The atmosphere was amazing and although I'm not really a big fan of baseball, I did have a great day out (although this might have had something to do with the vast quantities of alcohol I consumed whilst watching the game).

The official site for the Giants is

The official site for the Tokyo dome is