February 20, 2010

Saitama Broncos


Tokorozawa Civic Gymnasium is home to the Saitama Broncos, one of the pro basketball teams in the Bj League.

Basektball is not very popular in Japan. Baseball and soccer are much more known. But the number of fans following the Bj League is definately on the rise.

There were a couple of young fans dancing along with the cheerleaders during halftime.



10 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

I didn't know that basketball had caught on in Japan!

Dindin MK said...

I'd love the light hanged up on the roof...

Louis la Vache said...

Like Leif, «Louis» didn't know basketball is played in Japan. He knew baseball is popular.

Three Rivers, Michigan said...

I'm not a super sports fan, but I love your first shot of the swooping structure of the basketball arena!

The little "dancers" are cute too. A new generation of basketball fans!
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Tall Gary said...

I agree with Dindin MK and Three Rivers MI about the diamond-studded curving swoop of a ceiling.

Fifteen, twenty years ago, before she became my (now former) girlfriend, a Japanese woman I knew was scouted in high-school to play basketball for the company team of a major bank. She was around 5'10" or maybe 177 cms. As you might expect, we made a "tall" couple. We watched a game played by some of her friends once here at the small Yoyogi Olympic Arena. On another day, you should have seen the heads turn when five of us, they in yukata, went to a fireworks festival. Wait, the heads didn’t turn as much as crane upwards. One of those times when all in the world seems right.

If she has a son, and if he has an interest, maybe he could become pro.

By the way, I met a Japanese pro-volleyball player who was taller than me. Maybe 6'7'' or 6'8"—more than 2 meters tall.

投癢癢 said...

We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull, Some have weird names , and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box . ....................................................

gogouci said...

I agree the symmetry of the ceiling lights is amazing.

Hilda said...

I've never been much of a basketball fan, though it's very popular here (which I think is crazy since Filipinos do not have the height for it).

I love the pattern of the roof and lights of this gym! Wonderful photo, Kaori!

Kaori said...

Hi everyone! Thank you for all the comments! Yes, basketball is no where near baseball and soccer, but it's starting to catch on. Maybe one of these days, we'll see a Japanese player in the NBA!

The Civic Gymnasium was build in 2004, so it's pretty new. I like the roof too :)

VP said...

The structure is amazing and reminds me of our basketball arena. Very nice action shot, players and fans alike.

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