The Hanshin Tigers are about to win the regular season for the first time in 18 years. Osaka is already buzzing.
On the 13th, Hanshin won 4-0 over the Yomiuri Giants at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. Last 10 consecutive wins. On the same day, Hiroshima Toyo Carp lost to Yakult Swallows, and Hanshin’s magic number was reduced to ‘1’.스포츠토토
The Central League championship for the first time in 18 years is imminent. As Hanshin’s victory approaches, downtown Osaka and the entire Kansai region are already in a festive mood. If Hanshin wins or Hiroshima loses on the 14th, the magic number is erased and Hanshin’s win is confirmed.
Japan’s Daily Sports reported the atmosphere at the scene, saying, “Koshien Stadium is already in a festive mood before the game. Limited-time products are already being sold, and booths where you can take commemorative photos are open. Fans are flocking around Koshien Stadium.” reported.
But there are also concerns about safety. Hanshin is the club with the most passionate fans in Japan. The most popular team in Japanese professional baseball is the Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants, followed by the Hanshin Tigers. However, the enthusiasm of fans in the Kansai region who support Hanshin is beyond imagination. In the past, whenever Hanshin won the championship, several safety accidents occurred due to fans jumping into the Dotonbori River in downtown Osaka.
If Hanshin wins the regular season for the first time in 18 years, there are great concerns about safety. The Osaka area police are already on edge. The Hanshin team also requested through the club’s official SNS account, “Throwing objects such as cheering items or paper tapes at Koshien Stadium is strictly prohibited as it interferes with the progress of the game. Please do not do so,” and added, “On the 14th, Koshien “After the game held at the stadium, significant congestion is expected in and around the stadium. Business hours for internal stores, such as the team store, may vary,” he said.
In addition, some stores in Osaka have put up notices saying, “If Hanshin’s win is confirmed, store operations will be temporarily suspended for the safety of employees. It is unclear when business will resume.”
Osaka is the most visited travel destination not only by Korean citizens but also by Koreans. The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Osaka also said, “As Hanshin is expected to win, Japanese police authorities have warned that on the day of the baseball team’s championship, the crowds in Dotonbori will overflow and various safety and crowd accidents will occur.” He added, “Korean citizens planning to visit Dotonbori should do so during the daytime as much as possible. “Please visit a different time zone or a different region,” the announcement said.