Javi from Motomachicake pointed that Koshien, the baseball stadium of the Hanshin Tigers, is not really in Osaka, but actually in Hyogo prefecture. Kobe is the major city in Hyogo, and Motomachi (where it seems Javi hails from) is in Kobe as well.
Well… (checks map) True. Koshien is in Hyogo.
But why would I make such a mistake? Aside from the fact that I have a terrible sense of direction (方向音痴), I have another, more culturally interesting excuse. So for now, forget all cartographical and geographical truths and let me indulge you for a bit.
The Hanshin Tigers. What is “Hanshin”?
The characters for Hanshin are 「阪神」which includes the “saka” character in Osaka 「大阪」and the “kou” character in Kobe 「神戸」. The Hanshin train line runs from Osaka to Kobe, and Koshien happens to be accessible from that line. So, the name Hanshin Tigers gives its love to both Osaka and Kobe residents!
Also, there are a lot of Hanshin Tigers fans in Osaka. There are also a lot of fans in Hyogo. Apparently, the Amagasaki area has an especially energetic bunch of Hanshin fans. My wife said those fans are almost a little bit 「危ない」, or “dangerous”, they’re so enthusiastic. Note, “dangerous” in Japanese doesn’t mean that they’re likely to harm you really… They’re just a little rowdy.
Another weak excuse for my misconception, is that after the Hanshin Tigers win it all, where do the fans go? They go to Doutonbori bridge in Osaka to celebrate!
[Not North Korea]
So, even though physically Koshien stadium is in Hyogo and actually not in Osaka, spiritually Hanshin Tigers love knows no boundaries! When the Hanshin Tigers win the pendant, let fans from Kobe and Osaka unite! They’ll ride the Hanshin train line from Koshien down to Doutonbori to celebrate as one!
Go Hanshin!!! (wipes tear from eye)
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