[Varsity Games] Waseda-Keio Baseball Match

Waseda-Keio Baseball
The first weekend of June was the last set of baseball games for the 6 varsity in Tokyo. Of course, I had to attend this big match between Waseda and Keio since the rivalry between these 2 universities are so intense.

Waseda-Keio Baseball
Student cheerleading section is only 500JPY but not at a good angle but I guess most of the people who were sitting there were not for the game but more for the cheering and fun.

Waseda-Keio Baseball
We were told not to stay overnight at the stadium but to arrive at 830am and move into the stadium after 11am but the game starts at 1pm. I guess this is for the hardcor fans. I arrived at 12pm after my Saturday class and had to settle for the second section of the seats.

Waseda-Keio Baseball
The different props used for cheerleading. The cheerleading pack is 500JPY a bag, included inside is a towel which is used to twirl it in the air and a hard cardboard paper with folded lines that can be used as a fan or clapping prop. The thing that surprised me a little is that the absence of physical intimacy in Japanese society but all the students/audience would lock their arms to cheer whenever Waseda scores a point.

Waseda-Keio Baseball
Flag ceremony before the start of the game, each school would take turns to sing their school song and cheer each other’s school before the game starts and ends as a sign of friendship.

Waseda-Keio Baseball
I guess, Waseda is the only song that has everyone who raise their right hand when singing their school song.

Waseda-Keio Baseball
Amidst the game which was a little confusing for a nob like me.

Waseda-Keio Baseball
Before the end of the game, the cheerleader would pass the trash bag down for everyone to clear their trash.

Waseda-Keio Baseball
The cheerleading was fun but Waseda did well for that game that day with a score of 8-4 whereas they did quite badly for the season 😛 Definitely good experience for a international student like me….

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Clarie
    Jun 14, 2013 @ 22:47:22

    Hi I so regretted to read your blog only after I submitted my application to Waseda for the intensive language programme. I m wondering the difference between bekka programme and the normal language programme.wonder if I have any chance of connecting with you via email? Thanks!

  2. abraxis
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 10:00:20

    In baseball, you can have a crappy season, but if you beat your rival, that saves the season. Like the baseball cheerleaders!

  3. Xuan-er
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 15:08:00

    @Clarie: I think they are the same, it is just that we refer to ourselves as the Bekka students to differentiate from the rest of the students who might be under-grads or master students from Waseda. If we say that we are Bekka students, the teachers would know that we are full time Japanese language students. Anyway, welcome to Waseda!

  4. Xuan-er
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 15:08:30

    @abraxis: hahahah, i only enjoyed the cheering, not so much of the game! can’t see! too far

  5. abraxis
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 06:00:55

    You need to come to Los Angeles in November when USC and ucla have their annual football game. It’s full of spirit, Song Girls, The Greatest Marching Band in the Universe, tailgates, grillling and usually a Trojan victory. Come!

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