May 252005
 

Hoorah for 立同戦! Kanji translation: Ritsumeikan vs. Doshisha WAR.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: I have no interest in baseball. But this game was awesome. Aside from the cheerleader parades and live music around campus promoting it over the last week or so, the game itself was so high-energy that I could barely keep up. For the entire game the band was playing and the crowd cheering at the top of their lungs. Literally, non-stop for the entire game. Perhaps it’s been so long since I’ve been to an American sporting event that I forgot what it was like, but I really don’t remember it being this intense.

Here is a video of just a taste of what I’m talking about. It starts off with a sample of the semi-regular parades and cheering on campus, and finishes at the actual game. If you listen close at the very end, you can pick up on Dylan’s contribution to the evening’s entertainment with his cry of “TAKE THAT, ENVIRONMENT! YEAH!” as the crowd lets hundreds of balloons go into the air.

Other recent developments:
1) Tomorrow my fellow shamisen students and I were invited by our sensei to his concert in Gion. For free. Excellent.
2) This weekend I will be going to Osaka for drinkage on Friday, and a joint birthday party for myself and Okaasan in Uji on Saturday. Excellent.

3) I just had my oral interview for my application to extend at Rits. Man, my speech still sucks, but it sure has gotten approximately 8,627 times easier to understand the interview questions since my placement interview right after I got here. I suppose that means I’ve learned something? Excellent.
4) My YHM nickname is Boobacles. That’s boob-a-cleease. Actually this is not a recent development. I’ve just neglected to mention it prior to today. Excellent…?
5) Today I was given a free 500 yen gift certificate for McDonald’s by a random crossing guard because I was a gaijin and I spoke with him for two minutes during a red light. It’s good to be a gaijin in Japan.

6) The season finale of 24 ruled, as expected. We’ve been watching them here one day after they air in America every Tuesday night. Thank you, Internet!
7) Videos take a long time to make (and use a lot of bandwidth) so I was curious about what kinds are of interest. I take tons and tons and tons of footage here, but because what I see every day is pretty different from what most of you probably do, what I find interesting enough to post is also probably pretty different. Traditional stuff? Temples and shrines and festivals? Nightlife stuff? High-tech Japan stuff? Performances? A mix of everything? So far so good? Give me feedback, people! At least whether or not the ones I do post are interesting or not, so I know, for example, not to put more street performances but instead spend the time on other things. I ain’t puttin’ this stuff online for ME, you know!

Andy: Thanks. You always acknowledge my efforts as worthwhile 🙂 To answer your question about the dudes in suits doing karate, now that you’ve undoubtedly seen the video, you know exactly as much about them as I do. I’m pretty certain they’re nothing more than male cheerleaders turned 100% bad-ass by thousands of years of ninja-ry.

Excellent!

  10 Responses to “立同戦!!! (VIDEO)”

  1. Cool video……I really got a flavor of not just the game but the whole atmosphere at Rits 🙂 Nothing like a baseball game here in the states…..close to a soccer game in Italy, but not quite (there the Italians are a bit harsher as they try to harm the other team by throwing lighters, bottles, etc at the other squads players and fans, throw lit fire-works onto the field and at the refs, and set off smoke grenades in the grandstands)

    I like the videos a lot, but prefer less traditional stuff,temples and shrines, and more nightlife, high-tech, performances, etc.

    Ciao,

    Andy

  2. I love all of the videos, though my favourite is festivals and the performances. The only thing I would ask is that they are in something other than windows meida format. Mainly because windows media is broken on os x (my os of choice), and it (windows media player for os x) doesn’t support anything encoded with version wm10, and is flaky with everything else.

  3. Yes, this is…Colonel Noseworthy. We rode together in the Haberdashery Campaign. I would like to see videos of your very good-looking friends doing hilarious dances and things of that nature. Haha, yes. Jolly good!

  4. going to watch the video at home… japanese baseball… just like at UCI when they created a team. Har har.

    watashi wa gobu sa fubu ka! kinjuro!

    jolly good indeed.

  5. If you want to see excitement, go to a Hanshin Tigers baseball game. I have been to several spectacular play off gazmes in several sports. It does not even begin to compare to a nothing game on a week day for Hanshin Tigers fans.

    My vote for video is a look at the women of Kiyamachi at night or A-Bar at night.

    Thank you Justin for keeping my dream alive.

  6. I especially like the action videos of people doing unique Japanese activities, but it is also very cool to see the beauty of Kyoto and the wild and crazy antics of you and pals. I guess I enjoy it all!

  7. yo, I like videos of the temples and like really authentic japan stuff.

    sorry i haven’t commented in awhile. I haven’t worked a 5-day week since the first week of April and I just worked 93 hours this week. Make the NBA Playoffs stop and I promise I’ll have more time to comment!

    Just left you a message, HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOU OLD FOOL!!!!!

  8. I think the videos are great. Specially the really weird ones, like the drummer samurai.

    But my favorite one so far has been the ambience in the little town, in one of the first posts. The one where the man buys something from a little shop and a song is playing. It reminded me of the Dreamcast/Xbox game “Shenmue”.

  9. All of your pictures remind me of Shenmue….hehe 🙂

  10. Lol….that’s because I live in the world of Shenmue!

    And I’ll tell ya something else, it’s WAY more interesting than…”Excuse me, do you know anyone who can read the Chinese language? Excuse me, do you know anyone who can read the Chinese language? Excuse me, do you know anyone who can read the chinese language? Maybe I should ask someone else.”

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