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Category: Japanese Baseball

The Koshino Sisters: From the Runway to the Court, the Floor and the Field

[Editor’s Note: Today we have a guest entry from long-time reader and contributor Jeremy Brahm, who will tell us the story of two designers (and sisters!) you’ve probably never heard …

Discovering Japan: 1982 TV Show Hits NPB Uni Jackpot

Good morning! Greetings from Uni Watch HQ, where all three inhabitants continue to be safe and healthy, and where we had a very nice Laborious Day weekend. Hope you did …

Uni Watch Library: An Encyclopedia of Japanese Ballcaps

Click to enlarge [Editor’s Note: Good morning! Today we have a guest entry from Miles Crowther, who’s going to tell us about a new uni-centric book he recently acquired. Enjoy. …

How Is the Coronavirus Affecting Athletics Aesthetics?

The photo shown above is from a recent preseason Japanese baseball game at the Tokyo Dome between the Yomiuri Giants and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. The men wearing masks are …

A Baseball and Sumo Trip Through Japan

Click to enlarge [Editor’s Note: Today we have an excellent guest entry from longtime reader/contributor Gordon Blau — that’s him above, with his wife, Chrysse — who’s going to tell …

Artist Andy Brown Returns, for Baseball Season

By Phil Hecken Follow @PhilHecken Readers will recall a short while ago I featured artist Andy Brown, who shared his paintings and drawings from PyeongChang, Korea, during the past Winter …

Talkin’ (Japanese) Baseball, Part II

By Phil Hecken, with Paddy Watson Follow @PhilHecken You folks may recall I had done a post a few months ago with Henry Yu on the Japanese baseball experience, and …

Talkin’ (Japanese) Baseball

Click to enlarge Over the course of the years, I’ve followed a twitter account that goes by Sons of Johnnie LeMaster (they have a blog, although it doesn’t appear as …

Buckling Up in the Bronx

For all of today’s photos, click to enlarge In Saturday’s Ticker, which was compiled by Phil, reader Jimmy Lonetti noticed that Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka appeared to be wearing a …

How Low Can You Go?

Masahiro Tanaka, the Yanks’ new Japanese import, made his MLB debut on Friday. And as you can see in the two shots above, he was pulling the old Barry Bonds …

What Is the Proper Response to a Disaster?

Life is always full of tragedy. But there are some tragedies that transcend the ordinary and become part of our larger collective consciousness. Sports uniforms, oddly enough, are a good …

The Power of Forbidden Fruit, or Just a Coinkydink?

Reader Michael Kotler has noticed something really interesting going on in Japanese baseball. I’ll let him explain: As we all know, MLB players can’t wear the number 42 (besides Mariano). …

Turning Japanese, Day 2

By Phil Hecken, with Jeremy Brahm Now for the second part of our series on current NPB team uniforms. Today we will look at the current uniforms for each of …

Turning Japanese, Day 1

By Phil Hecken, with Jeremy Brahm “Architecture beautiful. Society on cutting edge of progress.” — Mr. Baseball Today we take a look at Japanese baseball uniforms. I’ve always had a …

Far Eastern Promises

Whatever you think of the advertising patches that were worn in the A’s/Bosox series in Japan, one question remains: Why is uniform advertising used exclusively in these season-opening series in …