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Godzilla with credit card in MODI, Shibuya seen on a Maction Planet Tokyo Private Tour

This Week in Tokyo – 8 May 2018

Introducing This Week in Tokyo – a review of the Maction Planet week that was and a look ahead to what’s coming up in and beyond the city. Check out photos from our tours and read insights into history, culture and our explorations as we get under the skin of the World’s Greatest Metropolis. Featured […]

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Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2018 Swallows Crew Platinum Tier Unboxing. 東京ヤクルトスワローズ

Swallows Crew Platinum Tier Merchandise Unboxing 2018

Gearing up to the Japanese Baseball season proper starting on 30 March, Mac, Founder and Lead Guide of Maction Planet, answers one of Tokyo’s most burning questions… Ever wondered what was in the box that Swallows Crew Platinum Tier Members received in 2018? Regardless, the answer can now be revealed!  Last year on 20 February we launched www.mactionplanet.com, […]

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Fans of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows Ema Votive Tablet

Believe it to achieve it: Tokyo Yakult Swallows 2018 Votive Tablets

Mac here. With the season just around the corner, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows Baseball Team recently dropped into the Meiji Jingu Shrine to wish for success in the 2018 season. A few days later I was there with guests uncovering evidence of their visit!   The Meiji Jingu Shrine gets thousands of visitors every day […]

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Norikchika Aoki returns to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows

Legendary outfielder Norichika Aoki is returning to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on a ¥1bn three-year contract. Aoki, now 36, was a mainstay of the Swallows batting lineup from 2005 to 2011. Born in Miyazaki prefecture, Aoki was actually a pitcher during high school. When he entered Waseda University, he converted to an outfielder. Aoki was part […]

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Steve Novosel, biggest Chiba Lotte Marines fan

Mac on Tokyo: Steve Novosel

Steve Novosel’s Chiba Lotte Marines fan site, ‘We Love Marines’, is the go-to resource for English-language information about the Pacific League team. Steve chats to Mac, Founder of Maction Planet, about his site, moving to Japan, favourite moments with the Marines and shares his thoughts on the current state of Japanese Baseball. Maction Planet: Hi […]

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Tony Barnette as seen on a Action Planet Tokyo Baseball Tour

Mac on Tokyo: Tony Barnette

Tony Barnette is a Tokyo Yakult Swallows legend. A 10th round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006, he moved to Tokyo in 2010. His first start saw him pitch seven hitless-innings and earn a 1-0 victory against the Yokohama Baystars. Moving to the bullpen in 2011, he never looked back – leading the Central […]

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Mac on Tokyo: David Watkins

David Watkins has established a place for himself in the annals of Japan Baseball Writing as the co-founder of tokyoswallows.com, the premier English language site for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. A well-known face in the crowds at Meiji Jingu Stadium, Mac was lucky enough to talk to him about what brought him to Japan, his love […]

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Meiji Jingu Stadium as seen on a Maction Planet Tokyo Baseball Tour

Tokyo ON #016: Songs of the Swallows

Maction Planet fans will know that Mac, Founder of Maction Planet, is one of the most famous non-Japanese Tokyo Yakult Swallows fans. A regular at almost every home game and many away adventures, Mac has been watching the Swallows for 11 years through thick and thin… mainly thin. One of the elements of the Baseball […]

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Maction Planet interview with Hillary Barnette

Mac on Tokyo: Hillary Barnette

In this edition of Mac on Tokyo, Maction Planet was lucky enough to talk to Hillary Barnette. Hillary, a Tokyo resident for six years, shares with us her experiences of moving to and living in The World’s Greatest Metropolis, as well as behind-the-scenes insights into the Tokyo Yakult Swallows Baseball Team, for whom her husband, […]

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Tokyo Yakult Swallows

My first Tokyo Yakult Swallows game

Tonight’s baseball was absolutely awesome! My first ever Tokyo Yakult Swallows game saw ‘us’ – yes, I already feel like I’m going to be going a lot more often, taking on the Yokohama Baystars. Going into the bottom of the ninth we were 4-2 down. Having scored one homer earlier in the innings, Alex Ramirez […]

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