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.

Monday Bullets #16 (Meltdown Edition)

Think positive everyone!

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. Going to the Swallows-BayStars series this past weekend has taken a lot out of me. I could share plenty of depressing stats about how we’re blowing as […]

Jul 26th & 27th 2014, vs. Yokohama

I bet it's fun to win blow outs...

July 26th & 27th, 2014 Yokohama BayStars 17 (7+10) Tokyo Swallows 2 (1+1) Streak: Lost 5 Last 5: LLLLL Last 10 vs. Yokohama: WLLLLLLLLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) It was an utterly depressing weekend to be a Swallows fan. The heat at Jingu was oppressive and the baseball transitioned from bad to abysmal. Rather than subject […]

Monday Bullets #15 (Post Trade Edition)

Creepy!

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. We’re gonna keep it a bit short today, as I expended a bit too much enrgy compiling the trade report on Tuesday. The All Star game happened […]

Jul 23rd 2014, vs Hiroshima

Sad Ishiyama is sad.

July 23rd, 2014 Hiroshima Carp 4 Tokyo Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 2 Last 5: LLWLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows lose yet another game in which a quality start was wasted by a late inning bullpen meltdown. Taichi Ishiyama had his best start yet, but still couldn’t get his first win as a starter. The Swallows […]

Jul 22nd 2014, vs Hiroshima

Good on Ueda for making clutch plays in center. Yet I still want to call this one "Ueda Runs in the Wall".

July 22nd, 2014 Hiroshima Carp 7 Tokyo Swallows 4 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WLLWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Yagi got a quality start and the Swallows offence managed to overcome an early deficit but late-game fireworks by the Carp put away the Swallows in extra innings. The game started with a ten pitch at bat between Dobayashi […]

Kawashima and Hidaka Traded to Hawks

Say hello to the newest Swallows, Arakaki (L) and Yamanaka (R).

On Sunday the Swallows and Hawks announced a four player trade which will send INF Keizo Kawshima and LHF Ryo Hidaka to the Hawks and RHP Nagisa Arakaki and RHP Hiroshi Yamanaka to the Swallows. The deal was made official today as both teams introduced their new players in press conferences. Kawashima, who was on […]

Monday Bullets #14 (Pre All Star Edition)

The location of the soon-to-be-opened Tsubakuro shop.

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. The Swallows limp into the 4 day All Star break. As per Tsubamegun policy we’re not going to cover the All Star games, so this will be […]

Tokyo Swallows Podcast 21 (July, 2014)

dhhc

The first half of the season is in the books, and Dave Chris, and Kozo come together to talk about it. Apologies for the sound quality in the last couple of episodes, we were picking up way too much background noise. We finally figured out the cause of the issue and we’re delivering episode #21 […]

Jul 10th 2014, vs Chunichi

Haunted Doala

July 10th, 2014 Chunichi Dragons 7 Tokyo Swallows 4 Streak: Lost 2   Last 5: LWWLL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) After last night’s steady downpour game the Swallows were treated to intermittent light rain with a couple  of game stopping bursts of heavy rain. The result was a game that was sure to go the full […]

July 9th 2014, vs Chunichi

An actual shot from tonight's telecast. If you look closely you'll see a happy Dragons fan.

July 9th, 2014 Chunichi Dragons 5 Tokyo Swallows 0 Streak: Lost 1   Last 5: LLWWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows decided to go ahead an play in steady rain, and somehow managed to play just enough baseball to make the result stick. Unfortunately the result was a quick loss that ironically probably would’ve gotten […]