• Several trees in front of a large, grey concrete tower with text overlaying the image that says "My night with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows."
    ballparks,  Japan,  Tokyo

    My night with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows – August 24, 2019

    The Tokyo Yakult Swallows play in one of the oldest professional baseball stadiums in Japan.  Although Meiji Jingu Stadium lacks many of the modern amenities fans expect from a ballpark, fans regularly pack the park.  The ballpark is part of Meiji Jingu Gaien, which is a large athletics complex with a futsal court, an indoor skating rink, tennis courts, and more. Arriving at the ballpark As with many ballparks in Japan, Meiji Jingu Stadium has multiple public transit stations nearby.  Sendagaya and Shinanomachi stations, which are both on the Chūō-Sōbu Line, are the two closest train stations to the ballpark.  It is a 13-minute walk (about 0.6 miles/1 kilometer) from…

  • An exterior view of the Tokyo Dome with text reading "My day with the Yomiuri Giants" across it.
    ballparks,  Japan,  Tokyo

    My day with the Yomiuri Giants – May 25, 2019

    When it comes to professional baseball in Japan most people know one team: the Yomiuri (Tokyo) Giants.  In Japan the saying goes that there are two types of baseball fans; those who root for the Giants and those who root against them.  So when I recently got to attend a Yomiuri Giants game at the Tokyo Dome I was excited to see the country’s most famous and most vilified team play. Arriving at the ballpark The majority of fans arrive at Tokyo Dome via local trains or subways at Suidōbashi Station, which is a five-minute walk to the stadium.  The Tokyo Dome is part of a much larger entertainment complex…