In baseball at the "2020 Tokyo Olympics," the Japanese national team reached the finals on August 4.
Professional baseball and high school baseball are also held in this season. Watching baseball at home is one of the features of summer in Japan.
August 9 is "Yakyu no Hi (Baseball Day)" in Japan.
It is said to have been established because it is the season of high school baseball as well as a play on the words "8 (Ya)" and "9 (Kyu)" means baseball.
High school baseball teams will also play in every August, and the tournament will finally kick off on August 9, "Baseball Day."
Also, do you know that August 18 is designated as "High School Baseball Anniversary"?
The National Junior High School Baseball Championship is the predecessor of the National High School Baseball Championship.
The first competition was held at Toyonaka Stadium in Osaka on August 18, 1915.
It was in 1924 that the venue was moved to Koshien Grand Stadium (now Hanshin Koshien Stadium).
The name was changed to the National High School Baseball Championship in 1948.
Japanese professional baseball was born in 1934, so,high school baseball has a longer history than it.
Well, there are shrines and temples in Kyoto where sports people like baseball players visit.
Among them, I would like to introduce "Tanuki dani san-Fudoin Temple" in Ichijoji.
It is a temple of Shingonshu Shugendo where there is a waterfall where Musashi Miyamoto who was a great swordsman in the Edo period trained.
Known affectionately as the "Tanuki dani no Ofudo-sanFudosan", the temple grounds are dotted with numerous Shigaraki Tanuki (pottery raccoon dogs) .
"Tanuki (raccoon dogs)" is believed by athletes because it sounds as same as "Tanunuki (outstrip others)".
Standing in a row of Shigaraki Tanuki (pottery raccoon dogs) is a stone monument commemorating the victory of the Hanshin Tigers baseball team.
There are also stone monument for "Kaidan Nobori (staircase climb)" memorial commemorating by Shigeru Kobayashi, a former pitcher for the Hanshin Tigers baseball team.
The "staircase climb" is to climb the 250 steps of the "Kenko Kaidan (healthy staircase)" that leads to the main hall of Tanuki dani san Fudo-in Temple.
Why don't we climb a long slope and 250 steps by following advantage of the mental power of a great swordsman and a pitcher who represent Japan?
When visiting the shrine, take care of yourself and go out with shoes and clothes that are easy to walk in.
For details, please check the official website of Tanuki dani san-Fudoin Temple.
Tanuki dani san Fudo-in Temple
6 Ichijoji Matsubara-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City
15 minutes walk from Ichijoji Station on the Eizan Electric Railway