Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Two April Road Trips Planned for Japan


I'm not working full-time right now, which gives me a chance to take a few weekday trips before I leave Japan. With the AFC Champions League, J League, and Japanese baseball all starting this month, there are some good chances to get a look at some venues I've yet to see, as well as make a final visit to those I haven't been to in a very long time.

The first of these trips will see me flying up to Hokkaido to see the Sapporo Dome host two different sports. First the Nippon Ham Fighters will take on the Orix Buffaloes in Pacific League baseball action on Thursday, April 5th, then the J League takes center stage with the newly promoted Consadole hosting last year's champs, Kashiwa Reysol, on Saturday.

The second trip will start at home when FC Tokyo welcome Beijing Guoan for an AFC Champions League tilt on Tuesday, April 18th. The next day I head to Nagoya to see another Chinese team visiting, this time Tianjin Teda who will play Nagoya Grampus. The baseball scheduler was kind and I'll spend two more days in Nagoya to see the Chunichi Dragons hosting the hated Yomiuri Giants in Central League play on Thursday, and then their minor league team will play the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Western League action on Friday afternoon.

Both are short trips that will probably be the last while I am a resident of Japan. I'm planning a trip to Osaka in August but that will be after I have established myself somewhere else in the world. Of course, there's a lot else on the calendar, including a month in Florida in June, so keep checking back for updates.

Best,

Sean

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