So I mentioned in my last post that we took the shinkansen (bullet train, if I didn't mention it already) to Kyoto then back to Nagoya to see a game between the Yokohama BayStars and the Chunichi Dragons at the Nagoya Dome. This was an exciting game to see because the crowd was really into it, and the food was great. The shrimp burger is to die for. I also bought a pair of koala ears, and I think wearing them made a big difference in how much I enjoyed the game.
Okay, Bob Bavasi, here is a picture of me with the aforementioned koala ears. Happy?
I wrote an account of the game at the Nagoya Dome for yesnetwork.com; here's the link to it. Make sure you look at the photo gallery, too. Speaking of photos, Marc and I have taken hundreds of pictures on this trip, and I've uploaded only the first couple of days' worth to flickr. Eventually I'll get to the rest.
Now let's move forward to Sunday. In the morning Marc and LA Jon shinkansened it over to Osaka to take a look at the castle there while the rest of us went to Osaka's Kyocera Dome. We took in an afternoon game between the Seibu Lions and the Orix Buffaloes. Sadly, the crowd was sparse, but the food was the best yet. The omusoba, and omelet wrapped around yaki soba noodles, was scrumptious.
Thanks to Kentucky Joe for holding the plate for me. (Note the air conditioned seats in the background!) Later in the day I had the oden, a dish that is normally served during the cold-weather months and has boiled daikon (a Japanese radish), egg, fish cakes, and konnyaku (a starchy yam product).
Don't confuse oden with Greg Oden, the basketball player who, despite being only twenty years old, looks about thirty-nine. Bless his heart.
We had a pitcher's duel until the Buffaloes made timely a few timely hits and won 6-2. Another JapanBaller, DC Bob, is actually keeping a scorecard during these games, so I'll direct you to his blog if any of you are interested in the play-by-play. I was impressed with 25-year-old Buffaloes starter Chihiro Kaneko, who gave up 2 runs on 7 hits in 7 2/3 innings. It was also a thrill to see Tuffy Rhodes, who went 2 for 4 with a double, triple, and a run scored. (I admit that I missed the double and the run because I was buying oden at the concession stand. So I suppose I was more thrilled with the food than with Tuffy's performance.)
After the game we piled onto an express train to Kyoto and had dinner at a bar-b-que restaurant. I'm not talking pulled pork and hush puppies like you'll find in my home state of North Carolina. This was an all-you-can-eat, cook-at-the-table feast with platters upon platters of thinly sliced red meat. See the aftermath below:
I'm still not caught up on everything, but I'll make the effort tomorrow. Need to pack before the early train to Hiroshima.