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.

April 17th 2015, vs Yokohama

Yuhei got the key hit in the game.

April 17th, 2015 Yokohama BayStars 1 Tokyo Swallows 3 Streak: Won 2 Last 5: WLLWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows took the field wearing the 2015 fan club uniforms and found themselves at the top of the CL table thanks to a strong start by Ogawa and a timely hitting explosion by the Swallows offense. Ogawa […]

Apr 9th 2015, vs Chunichi

Hatake did his best Hiroyasu impression to be tonight's hero.

April 9th, 2015 Chunichi Dragons 2 Tokyo Swallows 3 Streak: Won 2   Last 5: WLLWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) After joining the Swallows via a mid-season trade last year, Nagisa Arakaki was still looking for his first win as a Swallows. As has been the case recently the Swallows got some good innings out of […]

Apr 3rd 2015, @ Yokohama

Uhhh... Guys... I think I just won the game.

April 3rd, 2015 Tokyo Swallows 8 Yokohama BayStars 0 Streak: Won 2 Last 5: LWLWW (Yokohama Stadium) This one was over awfully quick as the Swallows managed to score four runs within 15 minutes of the first pitch. Ogawa pitched like an ace and never let the BayStars offense into the game leading to a […]

Apr 1st 2015, vs Hanshin

Araki was out at the plate thanks to a heads up play by Fukudome.

April 1st, 2015 Hanshin Tigers 2 Tokyo Swallows 1 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WLLWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Two defensive plays, one bad and one good, proved to be the difference as the Swallows fell to the Tigers in the rain. Hiroyasu Tanaka started in the outfield  again as Lasting Milledge was scratched for the […]

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 […]