Welcome to Sapporo Dome.
The stadium has a rich history, but is mainly known as the home of the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters. Aiko's aunt is a hardcore Fighters fan and always hooks us up with baseball tickets!
At this game free baseball jerseys were being handed out at the door, and they guessed my size perfectly! We stopped to get something to eat and then went to the top tier to watch the game, this time we had standing seats since it was short notice - but to be honest you get an amazing view of the entire field that really helps with learning the sport.
Ignore the fluorescent green, melon soda is one of Aiko's childhood favourites and with good reason. The taste is in the Honeydew or Galia spectrum, anything melon flavoured in Japan is guaranteed to be delicious!
There is always a great vibe at the dome - children running around in full baseball gear, older and younger couples engrossed in the other little things going in and around the stadium. The last time we came there was an amazing fireworks display right after the game, this time there was a street market selling all kinds of grilled goodness.
The smoked roast chicken was unusual but delicious, it had a sticky sweet flavour with rich, fatty smoked skin - balanced out with a firm, juicy bite of chicken underneath that was very tasty. Here's some advice - please do not touch this chicken with your bare fingers while eating unless you love the smell of smoked chicken passionately.
No amount of licking helped.
I wanted to hijack this remote controlled blimp.
There were about 40,000 in attendance for this game, we were up against the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.
We snuck off to the observatory mid-game for a panoramic view of the field and the surrounding area.
Back to the game.
Meet BIll and Kaoru, Aiko's Aunt and Uncle!
I was still quite tired since it was the DAY AFTER WE LANDED, but I truly love baseball. It's always great to catch the high school games on TV while I'm there, they play with a poise and passion that's quite impressive.
Thanks again Kaoru!