Japan's field of dreams: school baseball teams vie for Koshien glory

Playing on stadium’s hallowed ground is every young baseball fan’s goal, and winners of final will be front-page news

On Wednesday afternoon, millions of Japanese people will stop what they are doing and turn their attention to the nearest TV screen to follow the fortunes of 18 student athletes.

The occasion is the final, decisive game in the national high school baseball championships. The national broadcaster NHK will screen every inning live, the victors are assured of front-page coverage in the following day’s newspapers and, for a couple of hours at least, Japan will come together in the name of amateur sport.

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Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/22/japans-field-of-dreams-school-baseball-teams-vie-for-koshien-glory

Author : Justin McCurry in Nishinomiya

Publish date : 22 August 2017 | 1:12 pm

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