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Hardcovers in Brief

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Hardcovers in Brief

by Book World (May 28, 1989)

Digitized by Jessica Suchman and Catherine Nissley

You Gotta Have Wa, by Robert Whiting (Macmillan, $17.95). The Japanese have been playing baseball for more than 100 years, but their game is only superficially similar to the American game. Instead, Whiting argues, Japanese baseball owes more to Japanese traditions and ideals, such as <i>wa</i>, which means harmony. American ballplayers who accept generous salaries to play on Japanese teams often find themselves in for a painful period of adjustment: In Japan, baseball players come early to the stadium to practice for three hours. Games can last up to four hours or 12 innings; after that, they are declared ties. And players are expected to address their coaches and managers with the respectful honorific <i>san</i>. When West meets East on the baseball diamond, <i>wa</i> does not always result.

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