It started off like a ‘normal’ Saturday…coffee, toast, walk the dog. The weather was ‘decent’, following a week that began with some actual heat but also saw snow on Wednesday. So, we decided to have lunch at a great new salad place in Azabujuban, Crisp Saladworks; but, that is a post for another day.
After lunch, we decided to just start walking up towards Roppongi. Near the crossing, we stopped at Yonamine Pearls, a (you guessed it) pearl shop owned by the wife of a former Nippon League Baseball player (foreshadowing?) and is as much a museum/shrine to celebrity (mostly baseball) customers as it is a pearl shop; but, again, that is a post for another day.
Still enjoying the suitable walking weather, we ventured on towards the Meiji Jingu area; in full disclosure, because I wanted to visit the Yakult Swallows (my favorite Nippon League Baseball Team) Store. As we passed by the stadium, we noticed a large group of cheerleaders getting warmed up. At first we thought it might be a cheerleading competition, so we decided to inquire further and see if we could get in.
As it turned out, it was a college baseball tournament. We could not resist and happily paid the ¥500 per ticket to check it out.
Unknowingly, we had purchased tickets in the school section for the Meiji Univerity Owls; and, in the end anyway, we were glad we did. Between the bands, football-style cheerleading, flags, banners, and songs, they make it quite a challenge to actually watch the game. But, there is no shortage of energy, intriguing formality (that they were adamant we participated in as well), and fun.
Oh, the game…Meiji ended up winning 2-0 over Tokyo University.