JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Tokyo Dome on March 3, 2006, the first day of the WBC's Asian Round.
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Tokyo Dome
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Front entrance to Tokyo Dome. Japan plays its first WBC game and the opponent is China.
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Chinese team is introduced.
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Japan's National Anthem is played.
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Tommy Lasorda after throwing the flubbed first pitch.He just threw the ball right on the ground like he wanted to throw it away. It wasn't a pitch at all. What was his problem?
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Crowd behind homeplate. 16,000 yen seats.
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China at bat.
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Pitcher Koji Uehara, originally from the Yomiuri Giants.Unfortunately, Daisuke Matsusaka did not pitch this night.
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Ichiro in right field.
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Ichiro at bat
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Ichiro at bat
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Right to left: Ichiro hits and reaches 1st base.
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Ichiro at 1st base.
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Thanks to a homer by a teammate, Ichiro trots past 3rd base.
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Ichiro and another go round 3rd base as China looks on helplessly.
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Ichiro reaches home as the umpire makes sure Ichiro steps on homeplate.
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Head coach Sadaharu Oh (extreme right).Also on the left, see Ichiro in the dugout.
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China's pitcher and catcher in a conference.
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Tokyo Dome
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Ichiro at bat. Japan wins 18-2.
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Chiba Marine Stadium is next to the ocean behind the Makuhari Messe convention center. Near JR Kaihin-Makuhari Station on the Keiyo Line, about 40 min. from Tokyo Station.
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Outside JR Kaihin-Makuhari Station is a monument for the Chiba Lotte Marines pro baseball team. The stadium might be a little too far to walk if you're carrying heavy camera equipment. Take a taxi.
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Chiba Marine Stadium or QVC Marine Field. Food trucks are outside on game days. Since it's next to the ocean, it can get chilly in cooler months.
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Dining area for food trucks.
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Table top
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We went to see a game between Chiba Lotte Marines and Nippon Ham Fighters on Oct. 5, 2015.
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Food stalls are not too popular since most fans seem to prefer to buy food inside the stadium and eat at their seats while gazing at the baseball field.
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Entrance to Chiba Marine Stadium or QVC Marine Field.
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Chiba Lotte Marines is not one of the super popular baseball teams so it was easy to get tickets.
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Chiba Lotte Marines cheerleaders and mascot greet you as you enter the QVC Marine Field.
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They really make you feel welcome while shaking their pom-poms.
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Gauntlet of Chiba Lotte Marines cheerleaders at Chiba Marine Stadium for a baseball game.
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Ticket office still had tickets.
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Baseball field at Chiba Marine Stadium or QVC Marine Field from first base. Holds about 30,000.
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Baseball field at Chiba Marine Stadium or QVC Marine Field.
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Plastic seats were comfortable enough.
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Corridor
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Lotteria is related to the baseball team.
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The stadium has a number of fast food eateries.
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Official merchandise shop for the Marines.
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Fans cheer for the Marines playing against Nippon Ham Fighters.
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Beer girl at Chiba Marines baseball game at Chiba Marine Stadium or QVC Marine Field. One thing the U.S. major league games do not have.
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The beer girls wear a backpack of beer and dart up and down the spectator seats to sell beer that they dispense into a cup.
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They come by very often.
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Japanese beer girls at baseball games are very friendly.
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At halftime, cheerleaders perform.
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Chiba Lotte Marines vs. Nippon Ham Fighters at Chiba Marine Stadium or QVC Field.
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A Marines fan.
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Chiba Lotte Marines official uniform.
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Fireworks at halftime.
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