About Kozo Ota

Kozo Ota is a third-generation Swallows fan that grew up on Montreal Expos baseball. (You can read more about that here.) 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.

TS Podcast After Hours #01 – The Pilot

I am happy to announce a spinoff series of the Tokyo Swallows Podcast, which I’m calling the TS Podcast After Hours. The main podcast with Dave and Chris isn’t going anywhere, but I’ve started this spinoff to cover topics that aren’t necessarily suited to the monthly roundup format of the main podcast. One of the […]

Oct 25th 2015, JAPAN SERIES – @ Softbank (Game 2)

October 25th, 2015 Tokyo Swallows 0 Softbank Hawks 4 Series: Tokyo 0-2 Softbank (Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome) The heartbreak at Fukuoka continued as the Swallows offense remained limp against the Hawks’ pitching and the Hawks offense got enough done against the Swallows pitching to take both games at Fukuoka.  Dan and I had travelled down to Fukuoka to […]

Oct 15th 2015, CL Climax Series Final Stage – vs Yomiuri (Game 2)

October 15th, 2015 Yomiuri Giants 0 Tokyo Swallows 4 Swallows lead series 2-1 (Meiji Jingu Stadium) If last night was about getting the post season jitters out of the way, tonight was about throwing off all those demons and re-establishing all the elements that brought them a championship. The Swallows slayed MIles Mikolas and the […]

We’re Facing the Giants!

In case your only NPB news source is our site, and you don’t follow our social media. We thought you should know that the Giants beat the Tigers 2 games to 1 in the Climax Series first stage and they’ll be traveling down the Sobu line to face the Swallows at Jingu in the CL […]

Sep 29th 2015, vs Hiroshima

September 29th, 2015 Hiroshima Carp 4 Tokyo Swallows 2 Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WLWWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows are still at M1 as the bad Shohei Tateyama showed up in front of an absolutely packed Jingu Stadium. The anticipation of a championship  brought people out of the woodwork and 33,522 people managed to find […]

Sep 24th 2015, vs Yokohama

September 24th, 2015 Yokohama BayStars 2 Tokyo Swallows 4 Last 5: LWWWW Streak: Won 4 (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows kept their momentum going and didn’t play down to their opponents as they cruised past the BayStars before an all-important two game set at the Tokyo Dome. All the hallmarks of the Swallows 2015 success […]

Sep 18th 2015, vs Yomiuri

September 18th, 2015 Yomiuri Giants 6 Tokyo Swallows 3 Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LDWWL (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Coco was back! Ohbiki was back! Ogawa was starting! The Swallows essentially started their ideal lineup tonight and lost against Miles Mikolas and the Giants. The Giants got on the board first when Leslie Anderson jacked a […]

Sep 10th 2015, vs Yokohama

September 10th, 2015 Yokohama BayStars 1 Tokyo Swallows 3 Last 5: WWLWW Streak: Won 2 (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows came off two days of unscheduled rest and got the job done against the BayStars. Ishikawa pitched a strong game and the offense got enough done against Ishida to put the team six games above […]

Sept 4th 2015, vs. Hiroshima

September 4th, 2015 Hiroshima Carp 2 Tokyo Swallows 4 Streak: Won 4   Last 5: LWWWW Kris Johnson has largely been in a thorn in the Swallows side all season, but the offense got to him early enough and the bullpen managed to hold on to get the Swallows’ fourth straight win of the season. […]

Aug 27th 2015, vs Yomiuri

August 27th, 2015 Yomiuri Giants 0 Tokyo Swallows 2 Streak: Won 3 Last 5: WLWWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Sweep, baby! The Swallows win a close one despite giving the Giants offense plenty of opportunities to score. Rookie Terada made his top team debut and looked a little nervous on the mound. Terada kept giving the […]