Monday, April 19, 2010

One for now...

I should be packing. But how can I when I've just taken some awesome maternity photos. {sigh}



Here's one for now. As I pack and edit. Edit and pack.

Photobucket


More this week!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Celebration

Wow. What a whirlwind my life has felt like the past two weeks. Abe's team played in the finals, his parents came all the way to Japan to surprise us, I've been working when I can and the Brex won the JBL Championships! I'm still amazed.

There's been little time for us to celebrate though, since we'll be going home for the summer and have been packing. Our little apartment has SO-MUCH-STUFF. *groan*

Anyway, I wasn't able to get press access the night the Brex won the finals but I did manage to snap some photos from my second floor seats and the mini after-party.

If you come to my blog for basketball pictures: enjoy! If not, I'll be posting some cherry blossom and maternity photos later this week.



The coveted championship trophy being displayed before the final game...

Photobucket



The moment the team won:

Photobucket


Photobucket


Photobucket



After receiving their medals:

Photobucket



I was so proud of my husband this season. Though totally unexpected, he received Top 5 Honors:

Photobucket


When a team in Japan wins something huge like this, it's tradition to throw the coach, leader, MVP, etc. up in the air three times like so (this is the coach):

Photobucket


And this guy is Tabuse (AKA the Michael Jordan of Japan). He's a little guy so he went up hiiiiigh:

Photobucket


The next few images are from a small celebration the team had after their interviews. I still don't quite understand the entire combination. It was intended to be a 'beer shower' similar to a champagne blast in the locker room like I've seen on TV when NBA teams win a title. They spray a few bottles over each other and yell and jump around. However, I take it they do it a little differently in Japan. They include costumes, protection from the beer (goggles, raincoats, and swimcaps) and they continued to pour more beer on each other than I've probably consumed collectively in my lifetime. Though I was confused, I was happy to photograph some of it:

Photobucket


Photobucket


Photobucket


Photobucket


Photobucket


Photobucket


Photobucket



So remember that first photo at the top of this entry of the trophy from reeeeeal far away? So much prettier close up! ;)


Photobucket


Yay!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Finals: Game 1

I think I'm falling in love with Tokyo. I used to live here 5 years ago and loved it then as well. But I'm reaaaally falling in love with it now. Perhaps it's because of sakura season, or maybe it's because the weather is warming up a lot and starting to remind me of LA. In any case, I'm so happy I'm here this week :)

The Brex had their first game of the finals today. It was insane how many people piled up in buses and caravans to support the team. In another exciting game, the Brex won!

I'm going to post lots of photos later but here's the one that stuck out most to me today:



Photobucket


(This is only half of the crowd there and allll of these people were there to support Tochigi!)
{Let's go Tochigi}

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Update

Sooo, lots going on in Casa de Tanaka. First off, the Brex did well in the playoffs and made it to the finals! It's exciting but also hectic because we are also in the midst of packing out stuff and getting ready to go back to LA for the off-season. Which means lots of running around, running errands and throwing out stuff I no longer need.

Annnnd, that also means more time in Tokyo to do a little shopping, meet up with friends and watch Abe's team try to win a championship!


Here's a couple photos from one of the games last week. The guys got to wear green jerseys and Abe had a sweet dunk!