Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I'm going to Japan for the first time ever in March to see Pool One of the Second Round of the World Baseball Classic. I've been planning this trip for a couple of months, but it wasn't actually until today that all the pieces fell into place that are allowing me to do this. I booked my airfare, my hotel room and my WBC tickets this afternoon, so I'm all set. I think I'm equal parts excited and terrified to be doing this - I've never gone overseas before to a country where English wasn't the first language.
I've already gotten a lot of great advice from Ryan on many things, including what card shops to go to. Deanna Rubin and Ralph Pearce have also passed along useful tips as well.
Beyond the WBC games, I'm also planning on seeing a couple open-sen games - a Marines-Lions game up at Seibu Dome and a Dragons-Baystars game down in Yokohama. Since the Lions and the Dragons are my two favorite teams, I don't think that could have worked out much better.
Posting will probably be pretty light for the next month as I'm going to attempt to do a crash course in Japanese to attempt to at least be able to ask where a bathroom is. (Of course, I got four sets of cards in the mail today, so that'll distract me for a week or so...)