Topsy-turvy – High School Baseball in Japan
March 6, 2017 (Mainichi Japan)

Members of the Riseisha High School baseball team imitate animals during a physical "creature training" exercise, in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, on Feb. 12, 2017.In the exercise, adopted at the school two years ago, participants get on all fours and imitate creatures such as lizards, peacocks and lions as they jump and arch their backs. While the movements are simple, after 50 or 100 repetitions, the team members' faces appear strained. They say it is the hardest part of their training. (MAINICHI)rnrnAdditional comments by BFJ:rnRiseisha of Osaka known for its strength in high school baseball beat strong opponent Waseda Jitsugyo of Tokyo to win for the first time the High School Division of 47th Meiji Jingu National Baseball Championship 11-6 at Jingu Stadium in Tokyo on November 15, 2016. Waseda aimed for their second win after 40 years but without successBoth Riseisha and Waseda Jitsugyo are among the thirty-two teams to take part in the spring National High School Baseball Championship at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture on Sunday, March 19, 2017All stars of Osaka Regional High School Federation, mainly comprises Riseisha players, took part in the Japan-Taiwan high school exchange series in Taichung from December 24 to 27. 2016. They were joined by All Stars of Nara Prefectural High School Federation in the 4 teams’ Exchange Series to play against the winner and runners up of 2016 Black Panther Flag Tournament of Taiwan.They were Ping-Jen Senior High School of Taoyuan and The Affiliated Taichung Senior Agricultural Vocational High School of National Chung-Hsing University in Taichung. The series was won by Ping-Jen Senior High School