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JR Asagaya Station is slightly decorated with Tanabata streamers.
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JR Asagaya Station during the Tanabata Matsuri in early Aug. Get out the south (minami) exit of the station.
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For five days centering on Aug. 7, a shopping arcade called Asagaya Pearl Center holds the Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri featuring colorful streamers and popular characters festooning the shops. These photos were taken in Aug. 2009.
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The Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri started in 1954 by local merchants to attract more customers.
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Entrance to Asagaya Pearl Center. Originally, it had no roof. But in 1962, a roof was built, making it indoors and convenient for tthe tanabata festival.
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Inside Asagaya Pearl Center during Tanabata Matsuri in early Aug.
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The tanabata decorations were quite impressive.
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The Asagaya Tanabata Festival is characterized by these giant characters hanging above, making it pretty unique.
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The festival attracts a huge crowd, and the decorations have much improved since the last time I saw this years ago.
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The festival is said to have originated from a Star Festival in China. According to Chinese legend, east of the Milky Way there was a Heavenly King whose daughter worked as a weaver. However, when she married a herdsman, she quit weaving.
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This angered her father who banished the herdsman to the other side of the Milky Way. He allowed the two to meet only once a year on the evening of the seventh day of the seventh month (according to the lunar calendar).
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The weaver is represented by the Vega star and the herdsman by the Altair star. As a prayer to produce better arts and crafts, the Imperial Court and the warrior class paid homage to these two stars from ancient times. This practice spread to the masses.
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Asagaya Tanabata is unique to have the year's popular characters and themes among the decorations. Moomin
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Flatfish
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Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri
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Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Space shuttle was included because of Wakata Koichi who stayed in space for a few months in 2009.
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Pikachu
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Anpan Man
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At the end of the arcade, there is an outdoor shopping mall going to the main road.
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Umbrellas
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Also see my YouTube video here.
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Also see photos of the Sendai Tanabata here.
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JR Fussa Station on the JR Ome Line is decorated with tanabata streamers during Aug. 6-9.
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JR Fussa Station
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JR Fussa Station. Go out the West (Nishiguchi) exit for the Tanabata Matsuri.
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Right outside the west exit of Fussa Station was this helpful information booth, offering free maps and info about the festival.
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Area in front of Fussa Station's west exit.
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Tanabata decorations on the west side of Fussa Station.1 comments
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Fussa's biggest event is the Fussa Tanabata Matsuri. The 59th festival was held during Aug. 6-9, 2009. I visited on Aug. 9, 2009.
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Ekimae-dori road had outdoor tanabata decorations. In fact, there are no indoor arcade areas for tanabata in Fussa.
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Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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MJ who died in June 2009.
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The festival is said to have originated from a Star Festival in China. According to Chinese legend, east of the Milky Way there was a Heavenly King whose daughter worked as a weaver. However, when she married a herdsman, she quit weaving.
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This angered her father who banished the herdsman to the other side of the Milky Way. He allowed the two to meet only once a year on the evening of the seventh day of the seventh month (according to the lunar calendar).
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The weaver is represented by the Vega star and the herdsman by the Altair star. As a prayer to produce better arts and crafts, the Imperial Court and the warrior class paid homage to these two stars from ancient times. This practice spread to the masses.
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Japan's largest Tanabata Matsuri is in Sendai. Tanabata in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa and Asagaya in Tokyo are also well known.
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Quite a few people wore yukata.
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A band parade by local school children.
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Making their way through Ekimae-dori.
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Fussa manhole depicting tanabata festival in Tokyo.
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Another road with tanabata decorations in Fussa was this Ginza-dori road, also outdoors.
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The decorations on Ginza-dori were more creative.
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Michael Jackson tribute in Aug. 2009, Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo. Very good likeness.1 comments
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On the reverse side of MJ, was Barack Obama, Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Barack Obama at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo. A very good likeness.1 comments
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Chinese-style tanabata decoration.
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Anpan Man of course. What would a tanabata festival be without this character?
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We also saw a mini samba parade promoting a college wrestling event.
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Mini samba parade at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo
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Samba dancers at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo. Also see my YouTube video here.
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Entrance to the Daiichi Elementary School.
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Daiichi Elementary School had a stage for performances, etc. There were numerous performers every day of the festival.
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Brass band parafe by Self-Defense Force.
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Tanabata Galaxy Street had food stalls.
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Tanabata Galaxy Street. Also see the Sendai Tanabata and Asagaya Tanabata.
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Around Aug. 7, the Tanabata Matsuri Star Festival is held along Paseo Road, a short walk from the east side of Fukushima Station.
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Paseo Road Tanabata Matsuri, Fukushima
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Poster for Bunka-dori Tanabata Matsuri.
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Paseo Road also intersects with Bunka-dori road which also has its own Tanabata Matsuri with bamboo branches hung with wishes.
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Bunka-dori road Tanabata Matsuri
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Children's wishes for Tanabata Matsuri on Bunka-dori Road.
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A long line outside Kyoto City Gymnasium on Oct. 3, 2009 before noon when gates opened for the Kyoto Hannaryz debut game in the bj-league.
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Basketball fans entering Kyoto City Gymnasium. The Hannaryz is the thirteenth and newest franchise in the bj-league pro basketball league in Japan.
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Inside the lobby of the gym are cutouts of the Hannaryz players.
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The name "Hannaryz" refers to the well-known word "hannari" (はんなり or 花なり) which in the Kyoto dialect means classy or distinguished-looking as well as cheery, bright, and colorful.
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Soon after we entered the gym, they started introducing the players.
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Hannaryz mascot named "Chin-tiger" (baby tiger).
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Chin-tiger shoots but misses.
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For their debut game, the Hannaryz played against the Shiga Lakestars. Being close neighbors, the Lakestars and the Hannaryz are destined to be eternal rivals and friends at the same time. There are more games scheduled between Shiga and Kyoto.Being close neighbors, the Lakestars and the Hannaryz are destined to be eternal rivals and friends at the same time. There are more games scheduled between Shiga and Kyoto.
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The Hannaryz booster club is called Fannaryz, promoted here by TV idol Yasuda Misako who is from Kyoto.
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Kyoto Hannaryz
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bj-league commissioner Kawachi Toshimitsu gives a few words to open the game.
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Wearing an autographed Hannaryz T-shirt, the mayor of Kyoto city also speaks.
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Pregame entertainment by the Hannaryz cheerleaders.
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Introduction of Lakestars players. Joho Masashi.
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Luke Zellar.
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Introduction of Hannaryz players.
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Introduction of Hannaryz head coach David Benoit (pronounced ""Benwa").
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Both teams start practicing on court.
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Hannaryz practicing.
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Lakestars practicing.
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First the cheerleaders wore these black T-shirts and red, harem-style pants. At first, I thought they were hula dancers.
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Upon the introduction of Lakestars players, each one greeted opposing head coach David Benoit. This is Luke Zellar.
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Introduction of starting five for Hannaryz.
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2009-2010 season opening game and Kyoto Hannaryz debut game tip-off at 2 pm on Oct. 3, 2009 at Kyoto City Gymnasium in front of 1,888 spectators.
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Kyoto Hannaryz debut game tip-off.
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Super tall Reda Rhalimi #55 with the ball as the Lakestars put up a great defense.
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Bobby Nash passing in front of 40-year-old Mahmould Abdul-Rauf.
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Josh Bostic going up against many men in white.
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No stepping back for Gary Hamilton #2.
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Hannaryz takes an early lead within the first five minutes of the game.
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Joho Masashi runs down the court.
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See all players on both teams.
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Bobby Nash #33 goes for 3 points.
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Shiga Lakestars Gary Hamilton #2
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Shiga Lakestars boosters booing a Hannaryz free throw.
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Good number of Shiga Lakestars boosters. It's easy for them see away games in Kyoto. It's easy for Kyoto fans to see away games in Shiga too.
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Lakestars captain Fujiwara Takamichi #11.
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Iwasa Jun #5 is covered.
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Chris Schlatter #4
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Gary Hamilton
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Hannaryz scores.
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An almost-full Kyoto City Gymnasium in Nishi-Kyogoku Sports Park near Nishi-Kyogoku Station on the Hankyu Line.
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During a break, the cheerleaders got out a giant slingshot to shoot a prize into the crowd.
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Hannaryz mascot and cheerleaders. Dig those zori slippers they are wearing. No cartwheels in those things.
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Man-to-man defense.
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Ogawa Shinya #5 and Takushi Naoto #1, Hannaryz captain.
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Joho Masashi #31 and Iwasa Jun #5 were former teammates with Tokyo Apache.
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Shinya takes the ball.
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Hannaryz head coach David Benoit calmly looks on as his team trails the Lakestars.
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Kawabe Taizo #11
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Reda Rhalimi really stands out.
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Mike Hall #23
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Lakestars wear a white uniform for away games. I still disagree with having a sponsor's name printed on the uniform more prominently than the Shiga Lakestars name which appears as a small logo.
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Luke Zellar #40 passing to Ogawa.
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Again, Gary's back is covered.
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Ogawa goes for a jump shot.
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Bobby Nash passes the ball.
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Kojima Yuta #3 passes to Ogawa.
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Josh Bostic
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Setoyama Kyosuke #34 on the run.
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Team huddle
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Hannaryz huddle
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Luke Zellar #40
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Joho looking for an opportunity.
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Lakestars lead 37-28 at halftime.
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Halftime entertainment by Hannaryz cheerleaders.
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Wara
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Wara going it for it, but is fouled instead.
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Fujiwara Takamichi for a free throw.
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The first of many shots of Chris Schlatter sinking in a ball.
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Free throw by Bostic.
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Reda
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All eyes on the ball.
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Going for it.
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An easy one by Mike Hall #23
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Happy high fives with the Lakestars as they start to smell victory.
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Lakestars boosters were a loud bunch.
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Lakes still leading in the 3rd period.
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Looks like the cheerleader uniforms can be called "hannari." Although I prefer shorts or skirts on cheerleaders.
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Josh and Chris
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Abdul-Rauf don't look 40.
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Mike Hall and Lakestars head coach Robert Pierce.
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Bobby Nash #33 goes for 3 points.
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Iwasa Jun is easy to spot with his skin head.
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Hannaryz cheerleaders occupy timeouts.
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Lakestars boosters.
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Tip-off
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Iwasa Jun wants the ball from Fujiwara.
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Bob Pierce
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Chris sinks in another one.
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It went in.
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Lakestars still lead at the end the 3rd period.
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Another slingshot.
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Chris taking the ball.
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Chris scoring another 2 points.
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Luke trying to block.
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Jun and Wara again.
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Joho trying to get away.
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Another successful layup by Chris.
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Joho makes many dramatic moves. I’ve seen him play a few times with the Tokyo Apache and he was a valuable and popular player there too. He was traded to Shiga at the last minute.
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Josh
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Two team captains at each other.
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Mike Hall
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