In this baseball adventure, children learn that the word “yakyu” is the Japanese word for baseball. Children also learn the similarities and differences that exist in baseball in America and Japan. For example, in America, before the game, people buy hot dogs and peanuts; in Japan they buy soba noodles and edamame (soy beans).
Another similar custom is how in Japan during the 7th inning, the Japanese sing a team’s anthem, similar to how we sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” here in America during the 7th inning.
The best part of the book is how it teaches children Japanese words for pitcher, fast ball, and even words for family members, and it includes a glossary in the back for the Japanese words used in the book.
If you want to teach a child about Japanese culture, Take Me Out to the Yakyu is a great introduction.