Waseda v. Keio

On the last day of my Japan visit, I went to a game with a couple of students from Waseda University to watch one of the final games of baseball for the championship between the Tokyo six. The game just happened to have included the two universities that our group visited while here in Tokyo, Keio and Waseda. The situation was that the series had been going on for a while and this could have potentially been the final game if Waseda was to lose, and Keio would have been the champions. We obviously had to cheer for Waseda because not only were we in the Waseda section, but also they were the underdogs at this point. At one point I asked my friend from Waseda why they didn’t boo when Keio came onto the field, he told me that this game was supposed to be very respectful, and also on a more personal level, his brother went to Keio. As legitimate as this reason was, I still feel as though it is ok to boo the opposing team, since it’s all in good fun. Waseda ended up winning which gave the end of the trip the boost of awesomeness it needed.

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~ by iamnicholashenry on June 1, 2010.

4 Responses to “Waseda v. Keio”

  1. That really was a great game. It’s a shame that that wasn’t one of our class activities. There was so much more energy there, so much more to fight for. I remember it was supposed to rain, but somehow we lucked out. Speaking of luck… I must have the worst. Remember that giant bird turd that came out of nowhere. Massive! It even splattered on you!

  2. I think it’s awesome that you guys went to that game. I really wish I could have gone! I thought it was interesting how respectful the teams would be to each other as well. For instance, if it were an MSU vs. UofM game, MSU would have tried to drown out any cheering UofM did, but at the Tokyo Giants game, each team was allowed to cheer without interruption. It really is a different mindset over there.

  3. Well if you remember, they did not boo the other team during the giant game too. I think in it’s in Japan culture not to discourage the moral or even view the other team as your enemies but rather you’re there to cheer and pump up your side as much as possible.

  4. When the game finished, even though Waseda had won, they remain standing for the opposing team to sing their song.
    I did not understand what they sang, but as Reon told me, the song was about respecting the opposing team, and appreciating the game, regardless of who had won.
    This level of respect couldn’t be found easily in other countries or cultures…

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