Japanese baseball is celebrated as the king sport there. The most popular star in this country is not a singer or actor but Japanese baseball legend Suzuki Ichiro. He is the national idol of the country of cherry blossoms.
It can be said, no Japanese does not know him. Ichiro is honored as a symbol of the Japanese human character, the ambassador to bring Japanese culture to America in particular and the world in general.
Japanese baseball, known locally as Yakyuu. That literally means the football field, which is a national phenomenon in this country. Masaoka Shiki, one of the four great masters of haiku poetry, has written a number of poems in praise of this king sport. Baseball is even more popular than Sumo, which is known worldwide.
Baseball was introduced to Japan in 1872 by an American English teacher working at the Tokyo Kaisei Academy named Horace Wilson. It was at the beginning of the Meiji period, when the adoption of customs and practices from the West prevailed.
But baseball wasn’t really popular until the end of World War II. During the American occupation of Japan, the Americans strongly promoted the sport to the Japanese people. Baseball legends of the time like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio formed a baseball tournament called the All-Star and played with local players.
The large funding from Japanese corporations for professional baseball teams in the country is also a reason for the development of this sport. Many Japanese baseball teams are named after a company or corporation rather than a city or region.
Experts have pointed out that the main features of this fascinating game are the work ethic of the Japanese. Baseball depends a lot on teamwork, perseverance and discipline, which are qualities that the Japanese worship.
Loyalty is also a highly valued trait in this sport. Japanese baseball players tend to play for only one team during their careers. Although there are sometimes players invited to play in the US major, such as Japanese star Ichiro Suzuki. He is who holds an impressive record of hitting 262 balls in a single season in America.