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1970s Japanese home in Oh Sadaharu Baseball Museum

Today’s photo comes from the Sadaharu Oh Baseball Museum inside the Fukuoka Dome. This display is of a Japanese home in the late 1970s. It reminds me of many homes I visited in Japan in the 1980s.

Baseball ema (野球絵馬)

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Japanese professional baseball “ema” in the Fukuoka Dome

You normally find ema at Shinto shrines in Japan. People write their prayers and wishes on them, hang them at the shrine, probably nobody reads them, and eventually they are burned. If they weren’t aesthetically pleasing (and a possible source of the placebo effect) they would be completely pointless.

Not so with these baseball ema which you can find at the home of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks (福岡ソフトバンクホークス). These are for fans to write notes to specific players. I suppose the players eventually get to read them. Kind of fun and very Japanese.

Happy birthday, Sadaharu Oh (王貞治)!

Parfect Guide

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2013 Softbank Fukuoka Hawks guide book

My random, desktop image of the day is this one from two years ago. I suppose I took this photo because of the irony of spelling perfect incorrectly. The “all battle results of the 2012 season” also sounds more intriguing than saying “last year’s box scores”.

Sadaharu Oh Baseball Museum

王貞治ベースボールミュージアム Oh Sadaharu Baseball Museum

Oh Sadaharu Baseball Museum (王貞治ベースボールミュージアム)

Fujimi Shoten (富士見商店) from 1970s Tokyo in Sadaharu Oh Museum

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Shop with stuff for kids in Tokyo in the 1970s (from the Sadaharu Oh Museum in Fukuoka, Japan)

The Tokyo Giants are poised to win another Japan Series in 2013. Yawn. (OK, so the series is tied at 1-1. If Masahiro Tanaka (24-0 in regular season, 2-0 in the postseason, and 1-0 in the Japan Series) could pitch every day then the Golden Eagles could win, but he can’t so…)

Today’s photo is from my visit to the Oh Sadaharu Baseball Museum (王貞治ベースボールミュージアム) inside the Fukuoka Dome this past summer. This exhibit may have been my favorite part of the museum as it reminded me of some of the similar stands I frequented in the 1980s when I first lived in Japan. These kinds of shops haven’t completely disappeared, even in 21st Century Japan, but they are harder to find. They have everything a kid could possibly want to spend their limited funds on–baseball caps, candy, comics, baseball cards, action figures, etc. I spent the vast majority of my early childhood funds on baseball cards at somewhat similar, American versions of the same.