Shikoku Island League plus baseball series in Ottawa July 1 – 4, 2019

The Shikoku Island League plus All-Stars played a four-game baseball series against the Ottawa Champions from July 1 to 4, 2019 at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton (RCGT) Park. Ottawa was the last stop for the Shikoku Island League plus team, who had played against the five other teams in the Can-Am League. The baseball series was organized by the Embassy of Japan, the Ottawa Champions, the JET Alumni Association (JETAA) and the Ottawa Japanese Community Association (OJCA). The Ottawa Champions won the series 4-0.

Ambassador Kimihiro Ishikane delivered a short speech and threw the ceremonial first pitch before the opening game, held on July 1.

The Embassy had booths at the games on July 1st and 3rd, promoting tourism in Japan as well as the upcoming 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. JETAA and OJCA also had booths during the games.

The Embassy and OJCA organized Japanese cultural performances during all four games, including traditional dancing by Yosakoi teams and Minyokai, Shamisen music and a Miko performance. On July 3rd, the Embassy and Minyokai’s Yosakoi dancers were joined by a professional Yosakoi team from Toronto who organized a workshop for the public before the game.

Following the last game, a reception was held to celebrate the success of the series with players from the Shikoku Island League plus, the Ottawa Champions management and other guests. The Ambassador and Mr. Miles Wolff, owner of the Ottawa Champions, both delivered short remarks.

The series was a success, with thousands of fans in attendance over the four games to enjoy baseball, Japanese cultural performances and activities at the various booths.
Fans at the stadium Fans at the stadium
The Ambassador delivering his speech The Ambassador after throwing the first pitch
Embassy booth promoting tourism in Japan Embassy booth promoting tourism in Japan
Yosakoi performance on July 1 Miko performance on July 2
Yosakoi performance on July 3 Yosakoi performance on July 3
Players and other guests enjoying the reception The Ambassador's remarks at the reception