I mentioned last week that I visited Japan for about 2 weeks in late April/Early May. While I was there I saw many, many cool things including temples, shrines, landmarks, and castles. Overall it was a very satisfying trip in that I think I got to see how a completely different culture lives. There are similarities and one of them is baseball! My cousin lives a little north of Tokyo in a town called Urawa. My wife and I stayed with her for most of our tripUrawa is located in the Saitama prefecture which is where the Seibu Lions play. Being a huge baseball fan I really wanted to see any baseball game I could while I was there just to take in the experience. I choose a Seibu Lions game for a reason which I will explain just a little bit later in this post.
We boarded a train from my cousin's condo around noon to head out to the ballpark and after changing a few trains, we arrived at Seibu Dome. There were several merchandise stands outside of the stadium as well as food vendors and other team related things going on. I bought a Lions hat as well as picked up a few pocket schedules to give to some of my friends. Here is the view of the outside of Seibu Dome:
I guess you could say that it's an open air dome some it does have a roof but as you can see from the picture below, you can see there is a gap between the bottom of the dome and the top of the seats. The stadium itself is kinda carved out of a hill and if you look over the railing out behind the homeplate area, there's a golf course! Here's the view from our seats:
After the game, I was able to find Sarfate's banner on one of the lightposts outside of the stadium:
All in all it was a good experience and I'm glad I was able to share it with my wife, and my cousin who got went to great lengths to make our entire trip to Japan very enjoyable.