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We’ve found that the vast majority of questions are answered in our FAQ. If we don’t respond to your email it’s because the answer is contained there.

Email: Bob@JapanBall.com

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USA Office: 628-333-4814
9am to 5pm – Pacific Time – Seven Days a Week

Japan Office: (From inside Japan) 090-9974-8156
Japan Office: (From outside Japan) +81-90-9974-8156
9am to 5pm – Japan Time – Seven Days a Week

JapanBall – USA Office
4904 Harbor Lane
Everett, WA 98203
United States

JapanBall – Japan Office
13-27 Ottomo-cho, Kanazawa-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa 236-0024
Japan

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About Us

Bob Bavasi is a principal with Bavasi Sports Partners.

Bob and his wife, Margaret, were founders, owners, and operators of the Everett AquaSox, an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. They went on to start the Marysville Gold Sox, a summer college team, and the Horizon Air Summer Series, a summer-long competition among select summer college teams.

As former Chair of the Board of Everett Community College, and later Chair of both the Washington State Community Colleges and the Washington State Tourism and Economic Development Board, his involvement in education, tourism, and baseball has taken him to Japan for many years.

Born out of this interest in Japan is JapanBall.com and its related Japan Baseball Tours for fans and baseball personnel.

Bob is a certified Japan Travel Specialist, a certification earned from the Japan National Tourism Organization, a department of the Japanese Government.

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Mayumi Nishiyama Smith is an integral part of every trip. She is our cultural attaché and gives our guests deeper insights into Japanese culture and ways. She’s also a lot of fun to have along!

Mayumi is the director of the Nippon Business Institute and Japanese Cultural Center in at Everett Community College in Washington State and is a master at facilitating a wide array of interactions between the United States and Japan on both a personal and business level.

She has been highly recognized for her efforts and was named as one of the very few individual recipients of the Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation in Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the US – Japan Relationship.

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Wayne Graczyk, a New Jersey native, came to Japan in 1969 with the U.S Air Force and stayed.

A graduate of Tokyo’s highly-regarded Sophia University, Wayne was the sports editor for the widely-read Tokyo Weekender newspaper for 27 years, and is currently a popular baseball columnist with The Japan Times, the country’s leading English-language daily newspaper.

Wayne also covers Japan for Baseball America, Major League Baseball, and other sports news carriers. For years he was a television play-by-play broadcaster for the Tokyo Giants, continuing to cover the ballclub now, as a reporter for Nippon Television.

Since 1976 he has edited and published the Japan Baseball Travel Handbook and Media Guide, a staple for media, scouts, and traveling fans.

He is a member of the Tokyo Sportswriters Club and the Foreign Sportswriters Association of Japan.