Monday, June 4, 2012

Hiroshima Carps

On Memorial Day we decided to take in a Hiroshima Carps baseball game with some of Dustin's co-workers. A co-worker let me borrow a jersey so I would fit in.

Mid afternoon we started by taking the train from Iwakuni to Hiroshima. At the Hiroshima train station we walked around some vendors and bought some food. Then we followed the crowd to the Mazda Zoom Zoom stadium. No, I didn't make that up. Promise.

Our seats were down the third base line and came with unlimited beer and a small box of food.

Edaname and fried onion

Foul Ball Guy

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Beer Girl

Advertising before the game
Third inning
 The game is the same, although the cheers are different. After listening a few times we could keep up with the beat, even if we didn't know the words. The Carps were playing the Marines. The Marines fans had a chant that reminded me of the Atlanta Braves tomahawk.

At the seventh inning everyone inflated long red balloons. A song was played and then at the end we let them go and they flew everywhere. Not sure what it all meant, but it was very fun and exciting. The energy was contagious! Japan has some interesting baseball fans!

Unfortunately, the Carps lost 7 - 3. It was a very exciting game though! Afterwards we still felt it was early so we decided to go out and explore Hiroshima a little more.

At Molly Malone's - an Irish pub

What a fun night! The next home game is at the end of June. I hope to be there!


  1. This looks better than the Lookout's stadium. Tyger wanted me to take him to the Lookout's game before he went to Florida. I didn't know that he even liked baseball. We stayed until the top of the 7th and left. The game lasted until the bottom of the 10th, when the Lookouts won. They played the Decatur Stars.

    1. I really want to go to a Red Sox home game. They sing Sweet Caroline during the 7th inning stretch.

    2. Did he enjoy the game? I've been to lower league games and they just weren't much fun. The Hiroshima Carps is a feeder team (with two Americans on the starting line-up), but the stadium was packed by the fourth inning or so - and this was a weeknight for the Japanese.

  2. I'm really not anonymous. I am Nana.