Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Baseball and the Softbank Hawks

There are many sports that are popular in Japan, but baseball is one of the most popular. The baseball season starts from early April until November, and comprises of 12 different teams from different parts of Japan.
Throughout the year, the baseball games in Fukuoka are held at the Fukuoka Yahoo dome. The dome’s surrounding area also has many baseball related things: a baseball museum built into the dome, a baseball merchandise equipment shop, and some other monuments dedicated to pastplayers from Fukuoka’s resident baseball team.
The local team in Fukuoka is the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. As the name suggests, their mascots are hawks, and much of their design and advertising is based around it. As the baseball season progresses, Fukuoka becomes more lively with Hawk’s fans, even some shops and restaurants getting into the spirit – the shopping mall located close to the Yahoo dome has been called "Hawks Town” due to the Hawks fans.
The Hawks team is a much-loved part of Fukuoka, so it is well worthwhile watching one of their games during the baseball season.

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