JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Below Ariake Station on Yurikamome Line 有明駅
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Below Ariake Station on Yurikamome Line, very close to Tokyo Big Sight (on left) 有明駅
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Below Ariake Station on Yurikamome Line 有明駅
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Below Ariake Station on Yurikamome Line 有明駅
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Ariake Chuo-bashi Bridge, near Ariake Station
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Cheering section
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Cheering section
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One more kilometer folks!
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Under Ariake Station
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All going to Tokyo Big Sight
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Ariake Coliseum (Colosseum) in Koto Ward, Tokyo, near Odaiba. One of Tokyo Apache's home courts in Tokyo. Easily accessible via Yurikamome Line (Ariake Station) and Rinkai Line (Kokusai Tenjijo Station). 有明コロシアム
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Entrance to Ariake Colosseum for the game between Tokyo Apache and Toyama Grouses on Dec. 27, 2008.
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Sign for Tokyo Apache vs. Toyama Grouses on Dec. 27, 2008.
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Division standings as of Dec. 21, 2008. Tokyo Apache in 1st place, and Grouses in last place among the six teams in the Eastern conference of the bj-league.
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Uniform replica for sale.
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T-shirts for sale.
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Towels
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Join the Tokyo Apache booster club.
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Pregame entertainment by the Tokyo Apache Dance Team (equivalent to cheerleaders). Unfortunately, pro basketball is still a minor sport in Japan. Few people klnow about the bj-league and the teams. Many people in Tokyo have never heard of Tokyo Apache.
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It's a shame because it's quite entertaining to watch bj-league basketball games. They are geared for entertainment before and during the game.
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Ticket prices are also inexpensive. Perhaps they should offer 500 yen tickets on special campaign days so more people will come out to watch.
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The basketball players also service the fans with autographs and handshakes before and after the game.
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Tokyo Apache team members are introduced as they go through a gauntlet of cheerleaders.
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Ariake can get quiote cold in winter though. They might turn on the heater or they might not.
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The Tokyo Apache Dance Team girls swirl around as the player passes through.
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Some practice shots.
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Tip off
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John "Helicopter" Humphrey
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Masashi Joho
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Tokyo Apache Dance Team do their stuff during time outs. They are the cheerleaders who appear on Saturday games.
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Half-time show by Tokyo Apache Dance Team.
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Darin Maki
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A foul by Babacar Camara led to a brief scuffle between him and John Humphrey. After some deliberation by the referees, both were expelled from the game.
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Jun Iwasa
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Cohey Aoki
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Cohey
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Sponsors
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Tokyo Apache Dance Team use a large towel as a prop.
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Progression of a dunk shot.
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Head coach Joe Bryant speaks to the crowd at the end of the game.
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Sign for Tokyo Apache vs. Toyama Grouses on Dec. 28, 2008 at Ariake Colosseum.
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Fans entering Ariake Colosseum for the game between Tokyo Apache and Toyama Grouses on Dec. 28, 2008.
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Fans entering Ariake Colosseum for the game between Tokyo Apache and Toyama Grouses on Dec. 28, 2008.
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Autographed basketball.
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Signing autographs before the game.
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Masashi Joho signs autographs.
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Cheering section
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Kids basketball game
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A free throw game is one pregame activity.
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Pregame entertainment by Gum Q, a terrific dance troupe of kids who act as the team cheerleaders.
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Practice shots
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Tip off
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Going up against Babacar Camara.
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Gum Q
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Wow, GumQ were great performers.
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Some footwork by Masashi Joho.
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Nick Davis
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Sponsors
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Skills Challenge was held during halftime. Several contestants try to dribble through a course for shooting and passing a basketball.
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Tokyo Apache team bench.
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GumQ kids are very well trained.
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Full of pep and vitality. Great for basketball games.
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Dunk shot by John Humphrey.
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Dunk shot progression.
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Babacar Camara again as John's nemesis.
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Coach Bryant advises John.
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Cohey for a free throw.
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Team huddle
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Joho for a free throw.
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A sweet victory by the Tokyo Apache following a defeat the day before.
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Joe Bryant
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Toyama Grouses head coach Takatoshi Ishibashi, a former player for the Grouses.
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Tokyo Apache head coach Joe Bryant (Kobe's dad) is upbeat after his win as he talks to the press through an interpreter.
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The bj-league's final and championship game for the 2009-2010 season was held on May 23, 2010 at Ariake Coliseum in Koto Ward, Tokyo. Golden State Warrior Girls from California perform as special guests at the Final Four games.
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Female group called S/mileage.
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Osaka Evessa was the Western Conference champion. Evessa cheerleaders performed during the pregame show of the bj-league's final and championship game.
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Osaka Evessa cheerleaders.
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Higashi-Mikawa Hamamatsu Phoenix was the Eastern Conference champion. Phoenix Firegirls cheerleaders perform during the pregame show.
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Introducing Phoenix players
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bj-league championship trophy. Thought it would be bigger than that. Lots of women camera operators these days too.
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Pregame practice by both teams.
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Singer of national anthem.
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Singing the national anthem.
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Introducing Evessa players
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Introducing Phoenix players
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Championship game tip off
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Evessa in black and Phoenix in orange jersey.
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Evessa boosters booing a free throw by Phoenix.
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Free throw
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Osaka Evessa trailed behind Phoenix throughout most of the game.
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Wendell White (14) got the bj-league's regular-season MVP award for 2009-2010.
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Halftime show of all cheerleaders from Evessa, Phoenix, and Golden State Warrior Girls at center.
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Golden State Warrior Girls in Japan. One of the girls is Japanese. Read about their Japan trip in their blog.
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Phoenix Firegirls
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Osaka Evessa cheerleaders
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Phoenix mascot with fans.
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English card game questions at halftime.
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English card game. Find the card with the correct answer to the questions.
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Phoenix Firegirls cheerleaders on the sidelines.
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Jump shot
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Phoenix Firegirls cheerleaders
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Phoenix Firegirls cheerleaders
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Phoenix Firegirls and mascot form a V.
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Golden State Warrior Girls cheerleaders
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Golden State Warrior Girls from California.
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Phoenix coaches
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Evessa coach
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Phoenix Firegirls rush into the court at the end of their victorious game.
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Phoenix coach tossed.
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