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I am a medium-term resident of Japan who just likes to travel and wander about, both on and off the beaten track.

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On April 24:
HaruNoHana – Koshien rolls around every August. Just make a plan, and prepare for the heat!

Also, remember that there are prefectural tournaments to determine which team will go to Koshien from each prefecture. Find out where these games are played, and go to a local game in July. The tickets are cheap and the seating is usually open, ensuring a great day of baseball.
Koshien Stadium: Field of Dreams
On August 22:
Predictions Larry? That’s too hard, as just about anything happens in this tournament.

There are some favorites though. Powerhouse Osaka Toin (7 appearances) is back again this year after winning the tournament in 2012. Last year’s ace pitcher, Shintaro Fujinami, is currently in the starting rotation for the Hanshin Tigers.

Ichiro’s old school, Aikodai Meiden (11 appearances, including 2 with Ichiro) from Aichi Prefecture, is making another run at it this year.

And Seiryou, Hideki Matsui’s alma mater, is back for its 16th appearance representing Ishikawa Prefecture. Matsui played at Koshien all 3 summers in high school. He was so good that opposing teams just intentionally walked him, including a whopping 5 times in a single game.
Koshien Stadium: Field of Dreams