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.