Shohei Otani! Thank you! We are all enjoying our favorite baseball game!

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Hokuryu Town is a small town with a population of about 1,600, located in the northern part of the Sorachi region, slightly in the center of Hokkaido. It is the town of the northern dragon, whose symbol is the sunflower that shines like the sun.

Hokuryu Town

Hokuryu Town, a town with sunflowers as its symbol
Beiryumon at sunrise on New Year's Day

Main gate of Shinryu Elementary School, Hokuryu Town

The students who study at Shinryu Elementary School in such a small town have a total of 62 students in grades 1 through 6.

Hokuryu Town Shinryu Elementary School
Summer sunflowers in the flower beds at Mayu Elementary School

Baseball at lunchtime with Shohei Ohtani's gift glove

At Shinryu Elementary School in Hokuryu Town, children enjoy playing baseball with a glove given to them by Shohei Otani every day for 15 minutes during their lunch break after school lunch.

Children enjoying baseball

Baseball Time started in May this year!
Together with Mr. Goji Kitagawa, head teacher, and other faculty members. Students from grades 1 to 6 are free to join in, and with bats, balls, and gloves, they play batting and catching games freely and happily.

Baseball playtime is filled with smiles and happy cheers from the children!

With boundless love, gratitude and prayers for Shohei Ohtani's kindness for children and his wonderful baseball time that conveys the joy of baseball to children's hearts through his glove.

Shohei Otani! Thank you!
Hang in there! Fight!

Thank you, Shohei Otani, for the glove!

The great joy and gratitude of these children,
May it reach the heart of Shohei Otani!

May the children's joy and gratitude reach Shohei Otani!

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◇ Reporting and writing by Ikuko Terauchi (Photography and editorial assistance by Noboru Terauchi) 

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