CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The fourth annual Red Sox US-Japan Youth Baseball Exchange for the Boston red Sox Foundation was recently completed and once again involved the Harvard coaching staff. The program allows children from Japan and the United States to visit one another's homelands and explore their customs and culture through their shared love of baseball.
On July 23, a dozen Japanese youngsters from Kyoto, sister city of Boston, and Chiba, a suburb of Tokyo, travelled with two coaches to Boston for a 10-day stay with six host families in Greater Boston. The Japanese players participated in baseball clinics at Harvard and Northeastern before taking in a Major league Baseball game at Fenway Park.
Over the past three years, the exchange has run in both directions, with Boston boys traveling to Japan as well as Japanese teens traveling to Boston to participate in various baseball and cultural activities while living with Japanese or American host families. This year's exchange was originally scheduled to take place in Japan, but the program was changed following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March.