Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story
September 5, 2014
VIFF 2014: Japanese blockbuster to tell Vancouver's Asahi baseball team story

You might be aware that baseball is one of Japan's most popular sports. But did you know that a Japanese Canadian baseball team from Vancouver once ruled the Pacific Northwest?

It's true and it's a part of the city's history.

The team was formed by Japanese Canadians in 1914 and they played in Oppenheimer Park, where Japantown was based. A commemorative plaque for the team was unveiled in the park in 2011. They were inducted into Vancouver's Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.

The National Film Board of Canada made a documentary in 2003 about the team called Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story.

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