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Three sumo wrestlers standing in the ring, with formal aprons.
Sports Year
  1. Two National Soccer Tournaments
  2. Ekiden Road Race
  3. Rugby Football Games in Winter
  4. Skiing and Skating
  5. Sumo
  6. Midwinter Training and Traditional Martial Arts
  7. J League Soccer
  8. Mountain-opening and Beach-opening
  9. Fishing
  10. Motor Sports
  11. High School Baseball
  12. National Sports Festival
  13. Japan Baseball Series
  14. Viewing Autumn Leaves and Hiking
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A couple, sitting at a stadium, eat sushi from a box, while watching a game
Stadium food sold at baseball games in Japan - such as sushi - might not be available in American ballparks.
Photo Courtesy of Jonah Asher.
Japan Baseball Series
Like Major League Baseball in North America, Japanese professional baseball, officially known as Nippon Professional Baseball, holds a championship series, the Japan Series, in October. Japanese professional baseball has two leagues: the Central League and the Pacific League, and each league has six teams. The Pacific League starts its regular season in March, while the Central League begins in April. Both leagues decide their champions by September. For the Japan series, the champion of each league competes against each other, playing in a best of seven game series. The precursor of the current professional baseball began its activities in 1934. Just before the Japanese began professional baseball games, an American professional team, which included Babe Ruth, visited Japan and played a few games with a Japanese team. It is said those US-Japan baseball games promoted the establishment of Japanese professional baseball.
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