You Gotta Have Wa Author:Robert Whiting An important element in Japanese baseball is wa--group harmony--embodied in the proverb "The nail that sticks up shall be hammered down". But what if the nail is a visiting American player? Here's a look at Japanese baseball, as seen by baffled Americans
Very interesting, especially for a baseball fan. I now think the US and Japan are two nations separated by a common national pastime. While the narrative goes up only to the 1980s, it does a good job detailing how baseball grew into a national sport in Japan and how it differs from how it's played here in the US. As a Red Sox fan, I have a better understanding why Bobby Valentine could succeed so much as a manager in Japan, but has so much trouble in Boston!