Hockey Night in Japan
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December 7th, 2004 – by: bcbusdriver
The play on the ice is not what I remember though. Before the game I stood beside an American, who was working for the Sapporo team, and we talked about the fact that the NHL was still on strike.
One of the funniest things I have ever seen at a hockey rink occurred here. During the game one of the Plexiglas sections cracked and a small piece broke off. This type of thing happens semi often even in the big stadiums over here but how they chose to try to fix it was a novel if somewhat dangerous. The staff came out with a ladder and I expected them to take out the broken section and place a new one in. However one guy climbed the ladder and had another hand him the broken piece of glass. They then pulled out a roll of what looked to be electrical tape and tried to tape it together.
Between periods I use to going to get a burger and a beer from the food stand. If it is a modern NHL rink maybe I will grab a pizza or even some BBQ chicken. It of course was much different at this rink. The food was supplied by the hotel that the rink is part of so it was much better then I expected. The food was not surprisingly full on Japanese. I think I had udon noodles and a green tea. Novel experience to be slurping noodle while watching live hockey.
Even before the game we had a strange experience. As we walked from the local JR subway station we suddenly realized we were surrounded by many white people wearing strange jerseys and they were not speaking English. As we were way early for the game we followed them and discovered that soccer team from South America was playing another team from Europe in some sort of club championship at a nearby stadium (International Stadium Yokohama). After walking around the outside the stadium we headed to our game in the much smaller hockey stadium.
The next day we did head into the huge city of Tokyo. However Akiko does not really like Tokyo, I think it has to be with be from Osaka, so we did not stay long. We did try to get a look at the Emperor's Palace but it was not possible so we just walked around the nice park that surrounds the palace. We also found the rink my local hockey team played in, a few years earlier, which really is Yoyogi Swimming Pool.
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