Japanese Professional Baseball Timeline

English | Japanese
  • 1872:  Introduction of baseball to Japan
  • 1908:  First baseball game played against Major League Teams
  • 1934:  Greater Japan Tokyo Baseball Club (present: Yomiuri Giants) established
  • 1935:  Osaka Baseball Club (present: Hanshin Tigers) established
  • 1936:  Japanese Baseball League Established
  • 1950:  Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Established
  • 1993:  Hideo Nomo’s departure to America
  • September 18, 2004:  NPB Player’s Strike
  • 2004:  Kintetsu Buffaloes dissolution



  • 1872年:日本に野球の導入
  • 1908年:初めのメージャー戦
  • 1934年:大日本東京野球倶楽部(現代の読売ジャイアンツ)の設立
  • 1935年:大阪野球倶楽部(現代の阪神タイガーズ)の設立
  • 1936年:日本野球連盟の設立
  • 1950年:プロ野球(NPB)の設立
  • 1993年:野茂英雄のアメリカへの出発
  • 2004年9月18日:NPBの労働争議
  • 2004年:近鉄バファローズの解散

Hikikomori Timeline

English | Japanese


  • 1970s-1980s: Japan experiences an unprecedented high number of high school dropouts
  • Mid 1980s: Dr. Tamaki Saito begins noticing a rise in lethargic, unresponsive, anti-social clients (later termed hikikomori)
  • 1988 – 1989: the “Otaku Murders;” Tsutomu Miyazaki, a hikikomori, over a two year period, murders and mutilates 4 girls
  • November 13 1990: “The Niigata girl confinement incident;” 17-year–old Nobuyuki Sato, a hikikomori, kidnaps 9-year-old Fusako Sano
  • 1990s: Media identifies hikikomori as a social problem
  • January 28, 2000: Police find and rescue Fusako Sano from Sato’s apartment
  • May 3, 2000: a 17-year-old youth hijacks a bus and kills one passenger
  • 2000: Japanese Ministry of Health and Labor conducts its first official survey to determine the number of hikikomori cases. 6,151 cases
  • 2003: first extensive study on the hikikomori phenomenon and it’s roots are explored
  • 2004: Tamago debuts, a film that chronicles the life of a fictional hikikomori

“Happy Science” A Timeline

English | Japanese

  • 1860s: Bakumatsu period sees founding of Tenrikyo, Kurozumikyo, Oomoto
  • 1946: Emperor Showa (Hirohito) announces Ningen-sengen (Humanity Declaration), revealing that he is not living god, ending State Shinto.
  • 1956: Ryuho Okawa is born in Tokushima, Japan
  • 1981: Through Grand Enlightenment, “El Cantare” (the syncretic idol of various religious disciplines) reveals to Ryuho Okawa the religious mission of Kofuku no Kagaku.
  • 1984: Shoko Asahara forms Aum Shinrikyo in Japan.
  • 1986: Kofuku no Kagaku forms.
  • 1994: “Nostradamus’ Horrible Revelation” releases in Japanese theaters.
  • 1995: Sarin Gas Attack in Japan by Shoko Asahara’s guidance.
  • 1997: “Hermes’ Love is like the Wind” releases in Japanese theaters.
  • 2000: “The Laws of the Sun” releases in Japanese theaters.
  • 2003: “The Golden Laws” releases in Japanese theaters.
  • 2006: “The Laws of Eternity” releases in Japanese theaters.
  • 2008: Kofuku no Kagaku changes from a romanized name to “Happy Science” in Foreign Countries.
  • 2009: The Happiness Realization Party is founded with Ryuho Okawa as Prime Minister elect. There are 32 main temples (shojas or shoshinkans) and 200 local branches across the Japanese mainland.

オリビア ロバーツ

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Timeline for the Mets

  • 1962 (昭和37年): Mets are born
  • 1969 (昭和44年): Miracle Mets win first Series!
  • 1973: Mets lose their first World Series
  • 1986: Mets win their second World Series!
  • 2000: Mets lose World Series to the Yankees. The shame of it all.

Contributor bio : Eugene Park

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Hi, I am Eugene (or Jin-Sung) Park, a Junior in William and Mary. I am planning, meaning I still haven’t decided, to become an Economics major, and unfortunatly, I seem to be slightly more talented in Japanese than in Economics. I was born and grew up in Busan, South Korea, until 6th grade, and spent 2 years in Pennsylvania. Then, I came to Alexandria, Virginia and enrollyed in Episcopal High School, which was streotypical prep school. My high school did not offer Japanese language course, so I started to study Japanese after comming to W&M. Honestly, I prefer city so much more over suburb, so I am considering about applying for exchange student to Keio next year.

Olivia Time!

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My name is Olivia M. Roberts, and I’m a senior this year! I’m majoring in International Relations with a minor in Economics. I’m hoping to go to UVA law school following graduation, but I have yet to take the LSATS (end of September!!), so we shall see…

I have always found the Japanese language to be very pretty and interesting, since I first heard it watching anime when I was 12 years old. I was estatic to be able to learn Japanese when entering college, and last semester I was finally able to study abroad in Japan! It was such a blast! I can’t wait to go back again!

When I’m not studying, I like to watch movies, read, play Shockwave games, and cook!! Thanks for reading my bio!


  • 1983年 (昭和58年) 埼玉県に生まれる
  • 2005年 (平成17年) 「窓の灯」で第42回文芸賞を受賞
  • 2007年 (平成19年) 『ひとり日和』で136回芥川賞を受賞
  • 2009年 (平成21年) 短篇「かけら」で最年少で川端康成文学賞受賞

Contributor Bio: Rachel DiNitto

English | Japanese

Rachel DiNitto got her Ph.D. in Modern Japanese Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.  She studied in Japan at International Christian University and Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies (Stanford Center), and was a visiting researcher at Keio University. Professor DiNitto teaches classes on Japanese literature, film, nationalism and contemporary culture, as well as courses on language and translation. She works on the literary and cultural studies of Japan’s prewar (1910s-1930s), and postbubble eras (1990-2000s). In addition to her monograph, Uchida Hyakken: A Critique of Modernity and Militarism in Prewar Japan, publications include articles on depictions of the Asia-Pacific War in the work of manga artist Maruo Suehiro; Kanehara Hitomi, the young, female writer whose controversial novel Snakes and Earrings won Japan’s most prestigious literary award in 2004; and cult director Suzuki Seijun’s return to the cinema in the 1980s. Professor DiNitto is also currently working on a new book project, “Japan’s Lost Decade: National Identity, Popular Culture, Postbubble Youth, and the Fate of Political Imagination in Millennial Japan.” For more on her publications, see her full bio.