Blogging is immensely popular in Japan - as of April 2007 Japanese was the #1 most "blogged in" language according to Technorati. I haven't found any newer data, but then again I haven't looked to hard either. Moving along to the point, several NPB players maintain blogs and I would like to make a selected few a little more accessible to English-speaking fans.
- Yu Darvish celebrated a birthday, and received 3000 well-wishing comments on his blog.
- Chiba Lotte submariner Shunsuke Watanabe last updated his blog on August 13, noting that it felt good to work up a sweat in the outdoor Chiba Marine Stadium as opposed to Osaka Dome, while lamenting the struggles of Japan's Olympic team and his Marines.
- Speedy Hiroshima Carp centerfielder Masato Akamatsu hit his first home run in a while and was nervous in the Hero Interview that followed, the first of his career. He also included a picture of him with a weird looking stuffed animal in this post.
- "Hama no Bancho" Daisuke Miura poses for a picture with Osaka Castle and admits to being a "castle maniac".
- Kazumi Saito is rehabbing a shoulder injury in Arizona, and fortunately for us has plenty of time to write in his blog. Saito's blog definitely offers the best insight into what his life is like. A recent post describes his rehab schedule, which is pretty interesting - he has an alternating workout schedule, which requires him to get up no later than 6:15 AM. He has a methodical attitude about it: "For every result, there is a process. I think results without a produce cannot be maintained." Saito seems to be enjoying his time in Arizona. I'll have to write an entry on his blog alone sometime.
Some of the foreign NPB players maintain blogs as well. I think that topic is worthy of it's own post so look out for it soon.