In the shadow of Tokyo Tower, fans cheer for Japan in the WBC semi-finals

At the foot of the brightly lit Tokyo Tower, Samurai Japan fans gathered at the Star Rise Tower media center on Thursday night to watch the national team take on Italy in the quarter-finals of the World Baseball Classic on the big screen.

Dozens of people wearing T-shirts emblazoned with big names like Murakami, Darwish, Yamada, Nutbaar and, of course, Otani, took their seats in the nearly 300-seat public viewing hall, held just 6 kilometers down the road from Tokyo Dome. , where Japan and Italy competed for a spot in the WBC semi-finals.

“We couldn’t get tickets for a real game, so that was the best way out,” said Tomonori Igawa, 28.

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