Monday, August 15, 2011

TV Asahi in Japan Features Zenimura and His Historic WWII Ballpark

(Photo, left to right: Takahashi, Maeda, Kono, Staples, Uramoto, Nasu.) On July 20, 2011 I had the good fortune of meeting with a crew from TV Asahi in Japan to discuss my new book, Kenichi Zenimura, Japanese American Baseball Pioneer, and serve as a behind-the-scenes consultant for a segment on Zenimura that aired August 8, 2011.


Interest in Kenichi Zenimura is growing on both sides of the Pacific. On August 8, 2011, TV Asahi in Japan featured "The Father of Japanese American Baseball" and his historic baseball field at Gila River, Arizona, during WWII. If you can read Japanese, click here for more details. Even if you can't read it, it's still pretty cool to check out.

I had the good fortune of serving as a consultant for the news segment. On July 20th the TV Asahi crew came to our house in Chandler, AZ, to interview me and review photos and research used for the new Zenimura book. Despite the language barrier (only one member of their crew spoke English), we had a great time and really enjoyed the cross-cultural exchange.


  1. I've watched the TV program in Japan, and I didn't know much about the history of Japanese-American during WWII through baseball especially family of Mr. Zenimura's case.
    Simply baseball, music or any expressions called arts are the key to probing themselves/ourselves beyond ethnics or cultures.

  2. Thanks for your post. Not many people in the U.S. know the story of Japanese American internment during WWII, so you are not alone. I just watched the TV Asahi video as well ... they did a great job in telling the story of Zenimura Field.