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.

Aug 21st 2014, vs Yomiuri


August 21st, 2014 Yomiuri Giants 6 Tokyo Swallows 5 Streak: LLLWL  Last 5: Lost 1 (Meiji Jingu Stadium) Just as a change of pace I’ve written tonight’s game report in the style of a emo teenager. There is a profound emptiness that one feels sitting in a windless Jingu Stadium at 21:30 in mid-August. In […]

Monday Bullets #17 (Post-Hiatus Edition)


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. I am back from vacation and I’m eager to restart this feature. This week we’ll take a look at the new Interleague schedule that will take effect […]

Aug 16th 2014, @ Chunichi

Arakai ponders his fate while Hatake is no doubt thinking of dinner.

August 16th, 2014  Tokyo Swallows 0 Chunichi Dragons 6 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: LWLWL (Nagoya Dome) The Swallows will only go as far as our offense will them. Unfortunately, Daisuke Yamai completely owned the Swallows in the pitcher friendly Nagoya Dome this afternoon. All the while Nagisa Arakaki had yet another wild game in […]

Aug 14th 2014, @ Hiroshima [Called Game]


August 14th, 2014 Tokyo Swallows 0 Hiroshima Carp 0 Streak: Lost 1    Last 5: WLLWL (Mazda Zooooom Zoooooom Stadium) The Swallows and Carp attempted to start a game in the rain but the game was stopped with no outs and a man on first in the top of the second. After over an hour […]

Aug 9th 2014, @ Yokohama

Go get'em next time Arakaki!

August 9th, 2014 Tokyo Swallows 4 Yokohama BayStars 5 Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: LWWWL (Yokohama Stadium) Nagisa Arakaki made his Swallows debut tonight and the results were WILD. The Swallows came back but couldn’t quite come back and lost yet another game to the BayStars. The Swallows opened the scoring with a Kawabata solo […]

Aug 7th 2014, vs Hanshin

Yuhei, Morioka, and Yamada hit homeruns tonight.

August 7th, 2014 Hanshin Tigers 4 Tokyo Swallows 13 Streak: Won 2  Last 5: WWLWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows offense kept rolling against the Tigers as they managed to take yet another series. The Swallows also set a club record with eight consecutive games with double-digit hits. Muranaka made his first start since his […]

Aug 2nd 2014, vs Chunichi

Yuhei launched his first career grandslam.

Aug 2nd, 2014 Chunichi Dragons 0 Tokyo Swallows 9 Streak: Won 3   Last 5: WLWWW (Meiji Jingu Stadium) The Swallows won their second series in a row by taking advantage of wild Dragons’ pitching. Chris Narveson also had a solid return to the top team. The Swallows’ offense started out with a bang in […]

Jul 31st 2014, @ Hanshin

Muranaka got it done on the mound and at the plate tonight.

July 31st, 2014 Tokyo Swallows 7 Hanshin Tigers 1 Streak: Won 1   Last 5: LLWLW (Koshien Stadium) Huzzah! The Swallows won a three game series for the first time since May. The team closed out July with a game that brought hope to those watching that a better August was ahead. Things started off […]

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 […]