About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. When he's not at Jingu, he works as a freelance translator/interpreter to make enough money to go to Jingu. You can find random posts by Kozo on Google+ and Twitter.

Opening Days Through Tsubamegun History

You know its the start of the season when baseball chips appear on the conbini shelves.

We here at Tsubamegun started writing game reports part way through the 2008 season. Since then, we haven’t missed an official game. (Would you believe we actually covered pre-season games in 2009?) Tomorrow, Opening Day 2015, will mark our our seventh Opening Day and our eighth overall season of covering the Swallows. Looking back at […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 25 (March, 2015)

What will happen to Kozo's hat after the season?

Dave, Chris, and Kozo cautiously give their CL and PL predictions for 2015. Content Overview: Kozo makes a boldish declaration. Team-by-team analysis of each CL team’s offseason. More BFSNs including Valentine’s Day stuff. A discussion on the Tokyo Series uniforms that were finally announced. Kozo’s new Swallows’ cap is mentioned. See the cap in the […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 24 (February, 2015)


Dave, Chris, and Kozo kick off 2015 by going over all the things that transpired since the last podcast. A lot has happened since the last podcast and the gang attempt to deliver all the BFSNs from the busy offseason. Content Overview: A quick and dirty review of the Japan Series. A review of Swallows […]

Explaining Some Free Agency Rules

The newest Swallows. Yoshihisa Naruse (L) and Keiji Obiki (R)

This offseason has been busy for the Swallows so far, and no matter what happens a few more players are likely to move to/from the Swallows. Since free agency arrived to NPB in 1993, the Swallows have signed only two free agents Ryoji Aikawa in 2008 and Atsushi Fujimoto in 2009. This off-season the Swallows […]

2014 Swallows’ Draft Recap

Representatives of the twelve NPB teams got together on October 23rd to draft the next generation of pro baseball players. The Swallows came into the night with their name being mentioned in conjunction with RHP Tomohiro Anraku of Saibi High School in Ehime, and RHP Kohei Arihara of Waseda University. Anraku was the star of […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 23 (October, 2014)

Go home Tsubakuro, you're drunk.

The Swallows’ season is over which means that Dave, Chris, and Kozo are free to enjoy their lives and maybe become KC Royals fans. But before they ran off to enjoy life without 6th place baseball™, they got together to review the 2014 season. Content Overview: The mind boggling team offense and pitching stats. Notable […]

Monday Bullets #22 (Wrap-up Edition)

Shortstop Hatakeyama incoming for 2015???

Monday Bullets is a feature in which Tsubamegun writers (mostly Kozo) gather random news, thoughts, images, movies, etc. during the week and publish them for off day consumption. Due to a couple of Monday games and overall busyness this column took a bit of a break. But the end of season is always filled with […]

Oct 2nd 2014, vs. Yomiuri

The highlight of the night. (Pre-game.)

October 2nd, 2014 Yomiuri Giants 9 Tokyo Swallows 1 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: WLLWL The Swallows’ faithful did not get their wish and fell to the hands of the Giants in a game that was never in doubt. Yagi wasn’t able to get his redemption game, and the Swallows ended their season with […]

Oct 1st 2014, vs. Yomiuri

Sugiura pitched 7 strong inning for his second career win.

October 1st, 2014 Yomiuri Giants 1 Tokyo Swallows 2 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LWLLW The Swallows eked out a victory over the Giants in their penultimate matchup for the 2014 season. Sugiura got a strong start against the Giants 1.5-gun squad and gave the Swallows’ faithful something to hope for next season. While […]

Sept 24th 2014, vs Hiroshima

Sugiura shows off a ball from his first win, and Nishida shows off his first home run ball.

September 24th, 2014 Hiroshima Carp 3 Tokyo Swallows 12 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LLWLW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Neither rain nor a shaky start could stop Sugiura from earning his first pro win. It was a night full of firsts as the Swallows downed the Carp handily at Jingu. The start of the game was […]