Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Toyo Carps

Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Toyo Carps
The Hanshin Tigers are one of the oldest baseball teams in Japan – founded in 1935. They’re also our local team! So this Monday, Emma and I went to Koshien to watch them play the Hiroshima Toyo Carps.

Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Toyo Carps Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Toyo Carps
We arrived nice and early and had a look in the official shop where I got myself a Tiger’s shirt! I asked a staff member which one to get, and she recommended number 7 – Nishioka. After my spending spree, with plenty of time to spare we enjoyed a beer outside in the sun. You aren’t allowed to take cans into the stadium, but a nice staff member will pour your drink into a paper cup for you.

Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Toyo Carps
As we got to our seats, the mascots appeared to get the crowd psyched up.

Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Toyo Carps
It wasn’t long before the players appeared to warm up. And then the game was in full swing! The Carps scored in the first inning, but the Tigers didn’t – Nishioka was caught out before he got to first base 🙁 the Carps were strong fielders! Second was much better, with the Tigers scoring four and Carps zero. Then it was all quiet until the sixth where the Carps scored a further three to level.

Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Toyo Carps
Carps up to bat…

Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Toyo Carps
One of the beer girls, they wear a backpack and serve you beer for ¥600 through a squirty gun, I need one of those backpacks.

Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Toyo Carps
Go, Tigers!

Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Toyo Carps
At the start of the “lucky” seventh inning, everyone in the home-stands inflate balloons and launch them into the air. Get ready…

Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Toyo Carps
Go!!! So cool. A small army of stadium staff appeared after to clear the field of all the balloons, which they did impressively fast.

Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Toyo Carps
No scores in the seventh, one for the Tigers in the eighth… but two for the Carps in the ninth.

Totals: Carps: 6, Tigers: 5. Too bad, but both teams played well.

Hanshin Tigers vs Hiroshima Toyo Carps
Despite the loss, it was still so much fun, and we made some new friends! Here’s me and my two of them, Masahide and Takeshi! I felt very lucky to be accepted by these diehard fans 🙂

Awajishima Burger
Koshien isn’t too far from Nishinomiya, so a trip to Awajishima Burger ended the day. Amazing as always!

I’m looking forward to going to another Tigers game soon!

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