I am so excited about WBC! I didn’t expect that Japan would go into final games and be the champion of the world baseball!!!!!
Every Japanese players did their best, and I think especially Ichiro’s motivation was special. When Japan team was beaten by Korea team, he said “this game is most humiliating game in my baseball life”. I ensured that Ichiro’s Yamato spirit has still taken root in his heart.
Ichiro is now that popular Japanese as great baseball player in the world, but do you know the meaning of his name?
“Ichiro” is devided into two Kanji; “一(ichi)” and “朗(rou)”. The name is quite old fashion considering his generation. “Ichiro” is named for first born child generally because “一” means “first”. Therefore, a boy who is born next is named “二郎”. “二” means two”. After that the thing is the same as “三郎”, “四郎”, “五郎”, “六郎”…
However, Ichiro Suzuki’s case is interestingly different. Ichiro is not first born child, he is actually second born. Nobody knows the reason why his father named like that. Probably his father already knew that Ichiro would be “first” in the world.
*I added pictures of Ichiro when I took them at Safeco field. (click the left side, flickr)