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Game Report - 3-26-2008, Tokyo [Mar. 27th, 2008|02:15 am]
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[manywaters]
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Night 2, and having an idea how small the seats are, I altered my bag accordingly, packing much lighter so as to avoid having to get a locker.

The spirit was a lot better tonight, looser. There were a fair number of repeats among the military buses (myself included), and groups of younger Japanese. People were still very quiet for a Sox game, but there was some noise, and a Wave even got started.

I confess, I didn't take too many photos, and no video. See, the thing is, I hit my second beer and decided that it was indeed, too frakking quiet for a Sox game. So I started making noise, then turned around and prompted the section above me to make noise. I was The Crazy Gaijin Girl, standing on my chair, yelling and clapping and getting people to do it with me, from about the 4th inning to the awful end. A couple hundred people yelling along with you is a hell of a feeling, and I know we were heard. I was dancing on my chair, whooping, hollering, and carrying on, and the marvelous thing is, I think it made the game more fun for people.

The Japanese fans really seemed to like Sweet Caroline, or at least the easy bits, and there was a whole lot of "let's go, Boston, let's go!" The kids really got into it and we were running around high fiving each other. The older Americans were cracking up, and one lady responded to one of my whoops with an ay-yi-yi that shot up the bleachers and mugged the beer girls (who were just as adorable as yesterday).

The irrepressible, indefatigable nation, while dealt a setback on the field, was anything but defeated, and on my way out and back to the bus (running to try to get a bottle of water to tide me over on the trip), I could hear a body that had to be at least a dozen strong shouting, "Let's go Red Sox, let's go!", and stomping their feet as they exited the Dome. A neat little bit about the Tokyo Dome - it's an air-supported roof, held up by air pressure from within the stadium. The primary doors are rotating ones that serve as an airlock, but on the way out after a game, they also open a few extra traditional style swinging doors. The pressure from inside the Dome makes for a very impressive wind pushing people out firmly though those doors and onto the concourse. It's a fun reminder of a stiff NE wind.

Two and a half hours back on the bus, a couple more writing and editing the photos, and it's bedtime for me. My voice is somewhere in the ether between Tokyo and Fenway, and that's all the game reports I have until May, when I'm visiting the States.



Ticket Ticket
In my souvenir ticket lanyard. I decided that the 1200 yen lanyard was much better than getting another frigging t-shirt.
Bus Bus
Our bus, which we were warned not to get it confused with the buses from Camp Zama or Atsugi.
Spandex Guy! Spandex Guy!
At the pub, the first thing we saw was a guy in a spandex unitard that approximated a baseball uniform. I can only imagine this is the P-Town uniform?
Face paint Face paint
Straight from the office and filled with the spirit!
Fish & Chips Fish & Chips
At the pub, all in all, remarkably tasty, and at 600 yen, *very* reasonably priced for food in Tokyo, let alone right by a stadium!
Spandex Guy & Friends, Meet SUPAGAIJIN!!! Spandex Guy & Friends, Meet SUPAGAIJIN!!!
There were the crazy fans in the pib, and the American in the photo alternately proclaimed himself SUPAGAIJIN or AQUAGAIJIN!!!
Identity Swap Identity Swap
In the middle of the bar, Spandex Guy and SUPAGAIJIN decide to trade clothing. Lo and behold, SUPAGAIJIN goes commando, much to the chagrin of the bar and fascination of the women's birthday party in attendance. The spandex suit didn't really fasten for our American friend, but in true "Ganbatte" fashion he persevered, and paid no heed to the flapping of the open suit ventilating his back and rear.
Dance, Dance, Magic Dance!!! Dance, Dance, Magic Dance!!!
Fitting room Fitting room
You can see where the guys in question are decidedly different sizes.
The Spirit spreads! The Spirit spreads!
Red, it's contagious!
The Pub The Pub
Site of oh so many antics by drunken Sox fans. I'm mildly curious to see what it's like before a Giants game, but probably not curious enough to blow the train fare.
Tokyo Dome Front view Tokyo Dome Front view
Hot Dog Cart Hot Dog Cart
Opposite the front of the Tokyo Dome, an Airstream-style food trailer. I'm sure it was built to look precisely vintage, this being Japan and all.
MIT Students MIT Students
There was a group of students from MIT, specifically Sloane in attendance. They were pretty awesome, keeping the home plate nosebleed seats roaring.
View View
The view from this day's seats. I sat amidst a bunch of teachers from Camp Zama who were pretty cool. We had the row just in front of the walkway, so it was pretty easy to get in and out by just climbing over the backs of our seats.
Kids Kids
Wow, these kids whooped it up. They kept me going at some points. I hope they get to sleep in tomorrow! We started exchanging high fives every time the Sox scored or nailed the A's with an out, and it spread to some Japanese kids.
MIT sign MIT sign
The Sloan section.
Chicken bento Chicken bento
The chicken was a little dry, but the pickle was tasty and the flavour of the chicken was great.
My section My section
These are the folks I got whooping and hollering along with me and the kids. I'd stand up, start yelling and clapping, and they'd pick it up, especially a couple groups of guys in their early twenties who seemed fascinated by the fact that a girl was making that much of a show.
Groundskeepers Groundskeepers
Didn't take too many photos of the game, mostly because of carrying on, but also because the view on TV is better.
Flag Flag
The only flag I saw. Amusingly enough, the Oakland pennant fell off the ceiling of the Tokyo Dome and hit the field.
Spandex suit! Spandex suit!
I was wondering where this tragedy came from. Now I have think it's particularly tragic given the cost!
Hachimaki Hachimaki
Traditional Japanese headband (also called a Banzai band). Tying on a hachimaki is akin to rolling up your sleeves. I wore it girly-style, but it's more common to wear it across the forehead.

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[User Picture]From: __birdie__
2008-03-26 07:47 pm (UTC)
Very cool pictures thanks for sharing them.
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[User Picture]From: manywaters
2008-03-27 03:16 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I know anyone watching on TV would have a better view than my little point and click camera from the top deck.
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[User Picture]From: gothtique
2008-03-26 08:11 pm (UTC)

Red Sox PLANET!

Thank you for sharing the pictures.
I watched the first couple of inning at home before I had to take my kids to school...
got to watch just long enough to see the three run homer.
SIGH
What a great experience this has been though... Red Sox for breakfast!
It must have been amazing to the be there!
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[User Picture]From: manywaters
2008-03-27 03:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Red Sox PLANET!

It really was amazing. Sox fans are everywhere!
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[User Picture]From: alexislives
2008-03-30 04:18 am (UTC)
Awesome! Thanks for the post.

I LOVE that there are Sox fans no matter where you go!!!
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[User Picture]From: manywaters
2008-03-30 04:19 am (UTC)
We are indeed legion.
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