Take Me Out to the Japanese Ball Game

Byron Tau
August 24, 2018
Wall Street Journal

Journalism Fellow Byron Tau dove into the world of Japanese baseball, exploring four stadiums around the country where visitors can take in the surreal rituals of Japanese baseball.

“The fight songs began before the first pitch and never let up. Each time a player approached the plate, thousands of fans packed into the oendan, or outfield cheering section, burst into a different song, all while watching every pitch, every swing of the bat and every routine ground ball with rapt attention.”

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Byron Tau is a 2018 US-Japan Journalism Fellow.