Manga tweets: Neji Shiki

Manga tweets: Neji Shiki



Manga tweets: Kimi no Na wa

Kimi no Na wa fan art by professional artist and writer Mayumi Kato @katomayumi


31st Japanese American Association Foreign Minister Cup Nanshiki Baseball Tournament 2016

The nanshiki baseball team I play on, the Brooklyn Dumbos, is in the playoffs.
(Nanshiki means soft type. We use a sturdy rubber ball, not the conventional hardball.)
The first round (quarter final) is on Sunday, August 7 at 8 a.m. at Field 6 in North Meadow in Central Park (by subway: 96th St on the B or C; 96th St on the 6). We play last year's champions, the New York Radiators.
The games are 7 innings with a 2-hour time limit, so it's baseball with restrictions (due to limited field permit availability) but it's a pretty competitive league with some former pros, top division college players, and players who made it to Koshien, the high school tournament that is in many ways a bigger deal than pro ball in Japan.
If you enjoy baseball, please stop by!

The ball:

The Quarter Finals:

Photos, results and more at: http://jaabaseball.blogspot.com (mostly in Japanese) 


Zebra hits NYC


Zebra's at the Starbucks @ W16th St and 8th Ave.
He's sharing free portraits of Yankees and others.
He'll be there tomorrow, too, and at the Mets game Friday.

He'll be at Yankee Stadium around 4 p.m. 


Conversation between Sadaharu Oh and Akio Chiba (creator of ‘Captain’)

New Year’s Special Feature in the January 1978 issue of Monthly Shōnen Jump
Chiba: Mr. Oh, congratulations on hitting home run number 756. I was watching on TV, and I couldn’t help but jump up when it happened.
Oh: Thank you. I was able to hit it thanks to everyone’s support.
Chiba: After that home run, you raised your arms in a “banzai” celebration. You don’t usually express a lot of joy, even after hitting a home run.
Oh: That’s right. Our manager [Shigeo Nagashima], during his playing days, would express joy with his whole body after hitting a home run, but I just can’t do that. Kuni-san [Hitting Coach Akira Kunimatsu] always tells me: “The fans are happy for you, so you should gesture in response.” But... I’m just not a showman by nature.
Chiba: I think if you took even more time rounding the bases, that would be good... But you’re being exactly who you are, Mr. Oh, and I think that’s good.
Oh: If one tries too hard to make it look a certain way, wouldn’t that be strange? Regardless, with number 756, fans all over Japan were looking forward to it, and so were my teammates, so I wanted to do it as soon as possible. So when I actually did it,