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USA Office: 628-333-4814
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Japan Office: (From inside Japan) 090-9974-8156
Japan Office: (From outside Japan) +81-90-9974-8156
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JapanBall – USA Office
2727 Oakes Avenue, Suite 102
Everett, WA 98201
JapanBall – Japan Office
13-27 Ottomo-cho, Kanazawa-ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa 236-0024
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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.
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.
Mayumi was 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 business and cultural interactions between the United States and Japan.
She has been highly recognized for her efforts and was named as one of the very few individual recipients to ever receive the highly prized Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation in the area of the US – Japan relationship.
Michael Westbay heads up JapanBallTickets.com, our online ticketing service where his knowledge of the Japanese language, Japan baseball, computer science and databases help him provide superior concierge-level service and customer care to our ticket customers.
Michael was born and raised in California’s Central Valley. His father taking a job at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan as Michael entered high school introduced this country boy to life in a metropolis, and he fell in love with Japan.
Graduating from San Diego State University, with a degree in Computer Science, and being the first to attain a minor in Japanese from the university, Michael joined a Japanese software company in Tokyo in 1991.
Mostly working with databases, he merged his passion for baseball into a Japanese baseball player registry that has evolved over the years to be the core of an information system feeding MLB teams with Japanese and Korean baseball data.
Michael, along with his wife Margarita and two children, live in the greater Tokyo area.