SOS – 2009 Season Tat Now Available Online

Well, better late than never, but three games into the 2009 season, the much delayed update to the Swallows online merchandise store (the Swallows Online Shop) is now live.

So for those readers in Japan eager for some Tokyo goods (and come on, who isn’t?!) get yourself online to get some tat delivered to your door.

Some choice offerings include:

The new shirt, both home and away. Yours for ?6000 with no name on the back and ?7000 with one of a limited number of players names on the back (currently Kawashima Keizo, Fukuchi, Miyamoto, Tanaka, Yoshinori, Ishikawa and Aoki).

For those not willing to sink the not insubstantial amount on a new shirt, there are a range of T-shirts at a more reasonable ?2940. Shirts available are currently Aoki, Miyamoto, Tanaka, Yoshinori, Lim, Aikawa and Miyamoto.

A sweatband featuring the new “Swallow” is yours for ?840. Personally, I feel that the design of the “bird” is of the level that wiping bodily fluids on it seems rather fitting.

Got a wee one? Then part with a rather costly sum of ?3500 and this superhero-esque poncho is yours. Not only keeps them warm but allows them to glide through the air to empty the contents of their nappy on visiting Yomiuri or Hanshin fans.  (OK, I made up the last bit.)

Got a dog? Then dress them up in one of these stylish outfits so they can get mauled to death by neighbourhood strays for their shitty taste in baseball teams. Yours for ?1980.

You know what your home needs? Something to make visitors think what a classy kind of person they’re dealing with when they step through your door. And what says that better than a plastic cased stuffed toy of the most adored mascot in Japanese baseball, “Tsubakurou”? Nothing, that’s what. ?16,800 and you can start to climb that social ladder.

Tsubakurou is also available holding his trademark banana. Available in a range of sizes from ?800 to ?11,000. Buy the big one and pretend you’ve just hit a home run at Jingu (and fantasise about setting it on fire and throwing it at Takada.)

Looking for a bargain? Then pay a paltry ?300 and get yourself a set of stickers. Comes with last year’s uniform designs because, well, they have unsold stock and haven’t got round to designing new ones yet.

Amuse your overseas friends by getting them a small, 45cm, useless umbrella, sending it to them as a gift and convincing them that Japanese umbrellas are actually all this small due to the slight nature of the average Japanese. Alternatively, put them to the use for which they were intended and dance the Tokyo Ondo at Jingu stadium. Either way, a bargain at ?600.

So there you have it. Get yourself some tat for the new year (I’ve got a room full of it.)  And the Swallows do need all the cash they can get.  Shame any money you spend goes into yogurt research and not the ballclub. . . bollocks.

About David Watkins

David is a baseball bothering Brummie who spends a fair portion of his life fretting over the Tokyo Swallows and the WORLD'S GREATEST FOOTBALL TEAM, Aston Villa. He completes the quartet of abusive sporting relationships by being a die hard New York Knicks and Mets fan. You can find him on twitter: @yakulto

  • TYS Rakuten store is also updated.

    So you can help out the Swallows and the Eagles at the same time.

  • flick

    Haha, great! Just bought a replica for my 1 year old, and bought that poncho for my 3 month old nephew in LA.
    Money not well spent, but I don’t think I have ever seen a team poncho for babies before… I think it’s pretty sweet.

  • Grabbed one of the new batting practice hats last week. Just like my Red Sox BP hats. Very nice.. Wish there was an easier way for those not in Japan to purchase.

  • Hmm.. guess I have no choice but to get a new Aoki shirt because he’s so fuckin’ awesome

  • I am going to have to grab one of those myself. Should have grabbed that when I got the hat.. More shipping 🙁

  • Joe

    How would I order merchandise if I can’t read Japanese? Came across the site looking for info on D’Antona (any chance he’ll make it back across the Pacific?), and some of the merchandise looks cool. Any help you can offer is much appreciated.

  • Hi Joe. Thanks for stopping by.

    I’m afraid neither store delivers outside of Japan as far as I’m aware, which makes any language difficulties moot.

    D’Antona has had a good start for Tokyo, so hopefully that will continue and you won’t be seeing him back across the Pacific for some time yet!

  • Joe, With the way D’Antona’s been hitting, it might not be long. 4 for 5 tonight, two doubles.

    I’m going to have to protest this post for now. I’ll have more to say in the writeup of tonight’s game, but I’m not feeling like giving these people any of my money so long as Takada is on payroll.

  • Can’t. Decide. Between. Aoki’s home whites. Or. The sweet powder blue throwbacks. Atoms jerseys not available with name and number (you gotta do it yourself, and I’m not confident in my ironing skills 😛 )

  • The Atoms throwbacks are very nice indeed. And cheaper.

    I think I prefer the new away uni to the home one, due to the sheer day-glow brightness of the home shirt which, due to my English pastiness, would make me look invisible if I were to wear it.

  • Well, after last nights game at Jingu I bit the bullet and sunk the cash for a road Ishikawa shirt.

    I have to say, it’s not bad at all and has certainly grown on me since they were first unveiled.

    One thing though, what is it with overly short/tight sleeves this year? Obviously my kind of physique is not what they were primarily designed for but it’s been a problem for the fanclub stuff this year and now the jerseys too.

    It’s the usual “free” size, which is usually a good, if a little tight, fit. But this year’s sleeves are way too short. It’s like there’s not enough material or something.

    Anyway, it’s a pretty nice shirt despite my original reservations.

  • Joe

    Thanks for the info on the merchandise — that’s too bad it’s not available in the States, but understandable as I suppose the demand would be extremely limited.

    Along the lines of D’Antona, I didn’t phrase my question well, and I meant to ask more from a general standpoint how often players, especially Americans, get plucked from rosters and return to the U.S., especially in the case of D’Antona who was at one time a top prospect and is still relatively young.

  • As far as I know, Joe, it’s quite rare, although with the constantly improving level of play in NPB and the decreasing avergae age of the imports playing here, that might change. That said, I wouldn’t bet on seeing D’Antona in MLB – for the same reasons that he came over here in the first place.

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