Yakyu - A Japanese Baseball, An unique and different than American Style
In 1872, Baseball was first introduced to Japan, and now it is the most popular participatory and spectator sport among the country's sport. In the 1920s the first professional competitions emerged. During the early Meiji Period, Baseball (野球, Yakyū) was imported from the United States, and almost immediately among amateur athletic clubs and universities gained popularity. Baseball's reach continued to spread across the country to the point that it became the most-watched and played sport in Japan, over the years. From elementary school teams to the professional leagues, Baseball teams compete at all levels. As Japanese teams continue to perform well in international competitions, Japanese baseball is also highly regarded outside of the country. In the American Major Leagues, Several Japanese players are also playing successful careers and they enjoy great popularity and media coverage in Japan. With special highlights of the Japanese players, their games are often broadcast on television.
The matches of Professional baseball is played in two leagues of six teams each, the Central League and the Pacific League. Because of the leisurely pace, a lot of people are attracted to baseball, in the States. For the support section for the visiting team, the Leftfield is the base and the center of support for the home team is the right-field bleachers. It might be best to avoid the outfield altogether, pay the price for a higher ticket, and sit in relative peace elsewhere in the park, as a neutral fan. With mixed and negative reviews the campaign met. Even if you don't know anything about baseball or the teams, going to a game and just being there is half the fun. The atmosphere is electric, ach stadium uniquely displays the character of the home team, and with limited-edition food items and souvenirs. Nippon Professional Baseball is the professional league. Starting from April and leading up to a championship held in October season lasts eight months, he Nippon Series. Japan's national team won the World Baseball Classic twice, on the world stage. High school baseball and professional league baseball are the two types of baseball. Hanshin Koshien Stadium, the name of the stadium located in Hyogo Prefecture in West Japan, is the highest playing field for the former.
One of the most eagerly anticipated matches for baseball fans throughout the nation is the "Summer Koshien", as they root for their local school teams. In addition to the geographical base, Japanese teams are often named after their corporate owners. To head to Major League baseball in America, such as Ichiro, now playing for the Miami Marines, and Hideki Matsui who played for the New York Yankees is common for star Japanese players. In terms of supporting their teams, Japanese fans are also very organized with various equipment such as clappers and horns to accompany their cheers even the synchronized releasing of team-colored balloons. The Japanese are very passionate about their favorite teams as well, like baseball fans all over the world. Constant practice and a belief that if one tries hard enough, no goal is unattainable is the part of work ethic. Throughout the year, both morning and night, in the dead of winter and the grueling heat of the Japanese summer, Junior and senior high school baseball teams practice almost every day.
Into the ground, the teams grind their molded or metal cleats, no matter what season it is, sprinting hard. In order to channel their energy into baseball drills, Young boys routinely sacrifice their studies where they are often required to run while dragging a heavy tire attached to their waists with a rope. Young batters look to the coach after every pitch, during a game, even when there is no one on base. There is no encouragement of independence. To wait and be patient, to not think and to sacrifice, Young players, are trained. At least in part, the current popularity of soccer can be seen, as a reaction to the demand for self-sacrifice common in Japanese sports such as sumo, judo, and, of course, baseball. These games are not just played, these are to be lived. In this country, the majority of middle-aged and older sports fans seem to prefer baseball to soccer, but soccer commands a growing allegiance from Japanese youth. While, at the local park, it is still common to see boys, and even grown men playing catch these days. Being a modern Japanese culture's embedded part may give baseball a conservative, dowdy image, but it also gives the sport certain advantages.