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JapanCulture•NYC loves baseball – in New York and in Japan.

We’ve learned a lot about Japanese baseball on our tours with JapanBall, a company that takes groups of people to Japan on a whirlwind tour to see five games in five different stadiums in only one week’s time. The number of Japanese players in MLB is increasing, which exposes more New Yorkers to what baseball is like in Japan, especially with the likes of Hideki Matsui, Hiroki Kuroda, and Ichiro Suzuki.

There are high expectations for the Yankees’ newest Japanese player, Masahiro Tanaka. Read all about the young superstar in our story, “What will Ma-kun Mean for New York?” We have an exclusive JC•NYC interview with Marty Kuehnert, an executive with Ma-kun’s former team, the defending Japan Series champion Rakuten Golden Eagles, to discuss how he’ll do in pinstripes.

While most New Yorkers’ knowledge of baseball is a recent phenomenon, an area man has been involved in the game for more than 40 years. New Jersey native Wayne Graczyk writes a weekly column about Nippon Professional Baseball for The Japan Times and is involved in the broadcast of the Yomiuri Giants home games on Japanese network NTV. Read all about his incredible journey in “New Jersey Native Finds Career in Japanese Baseball.”

Ichiro’s career with the Yankees is in limbo, but when he first came to the Bronx in 2012, we posed the question, “What Will Ichiro Mean to New York?”

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