This year’s national baseball champions in Japan were the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles. As Champions you might expect a bit of extra attention from the media and a lot of interest in their spring training. Normally based out of Miyagi prefecture, every year the Rakuten Eagles come to Kume Island in February to train for the upcoming season. On February 1, the Eagles kicked off their camp with a ceremony at the Kume Island Stadium, with tons of fans from around
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Every year the Kume Island Marathon draws participants from around the world. This year a typhoon almost managed to cancel the event (ferries were canceled), but still several hundred people managed to make their way onto the ferry. As with last year, I was asked to do photography for the event. I started out at Miifugaa, but then worked my way around to a few other locations. I ended up with over a thousand photos total from the day. I’ve edited
On Kume Island, the first semester of school is over and students are on summer vacation. For two of those schools it is the very last summer they will be open. Due to rural depopulation both schools will close, with a ‘new’ school opening next April. The unfortunate thing about the schools’ closing is the chance that local traditions and culture will be lost. On this ancient island, each area has its own traditions that have become entwined with school
The goat at one of my schools likes to play. Here’s a quick video for your enjoyment.
Baseball is huge in Japan. As I write this, the teacher’s room TV is set to the World Baseball Classic where Japan is up against Puerto Rico. Will they win? I have no idea, but there will definitely be plenty of fans watching to find out (turns out they lost the WBC for the first time ever). Unlike in the states where baseball goes for a single season, and is quickly replaced, sports in Japan tend to be played all