2 0 0 6 - U P D A T E
Of course, we attended morning practice at Tennoji!
Once freshmen, now seniors.
Let's go to Koshien!
Alex plays rightfield.
There's always time for a short break.
Tennoji cheer practice looks very much like a photo opportunity!
Minamino's smile from Tennoji!
100 degrees, 100 % humidity...."High-School Baseball is a sport for High-Schoolers!"
The beautiful people at the High School Baseball Federation. Thank you again!
Takashima Kantoku with his beautiful display of knocks.
Same as it ever was!
Let's go, Let's go Chiben!
After spotting the opposition 4 runs in the first, Chiben comes back to win their first game of the 2006 tournament 7-4.
Takshima Kantoku was surprised to see us waiting for him after Chiben's victory!
Takayo gives Takashima Kantoku a copy of "Kokoyakyu" and a Red Sox t-shirt!
Hashimoto-kun is surprised to see us after Chiben's first regional victory of 2006.
One of Chiben's Cheer squad captains...He starred as a freshman in the movie!
A teacher critiques the performance of the cheersquad.
Upon returning from the Gion-Matsuri in Kyoto, many poeple were bedazzled with "blow-up accesories"!
There were no signs of nervousness from the seniors of Tennoji before their first game.
Masa-Sensei, Sawada-Sensei, Alexu-san, and Yoshimi-Sensei smile before Tennoji's game.
Masa-Sensei gives the team a pre-game pep talk!
Takashima-kun shows us what life after kokoyakyu is like.
Tennoji's former manager girls: Misaki-chan, Omura-Chan, and Yoshimura-chan.
Tamura-kun and Nakazono-kun watching Tennoji's tournament game as OBs.
Everyone seems to be a little more stylish than us!
Gambare! Ten-n-ko! Gambare! Ten-n-ko!
Yasaki-Sensei and Takayo share a moment in the stands.
Not to mention the sudden thundershower that interrupted the game!
Takahara-kun, who never played baseball prior to getting to Tennoji, shows off his home-run ball!
The joy of victory!
The misery of defeat. (After losing to Tennoji in the 2nd round...)
Time for a group picture.
Matsumoto-Captain issues perfect victory smile.
Sawada-Sensei and Ken at a small sushi bar in Southern Osaka.
Masa-Sensei sure knows how to party. We love you!
Takayo is interviewed by TO-O Newspaper in her hometown, Aomori.
A team from Aomori waits outside the stadium in Aomori before their "Best 8" game.
Stopping for a drink of water.
Down the trail on a mountain in Aomori.
The weather change was frequent.
This is the life!
Dinner with Takayo's parents!
These scallops are the best I've EVER had!!!
Takayo's niece and nephew.
Takayo and her sisters.