I came across a few videos on youtube which show the whole opening ceremony for this year’s high school baseball spring tournament at the Koshien stadium. While there isn’t happening that much, the warm welcome Tohoku’s representative recieved and especially the speech by Soushi Gakuen’s captain Shinsuke Noyama on behalf of all the players were very moving. The overall military touch was a bit strange to me, but then again I’m german and I have a slightly different stance on all things military.
Part 1 (minute of silence)
Part 2 (National Anthem)
Part 3 (participating schools’ entrance, Tohoku is 2nd to last)
Part 4 (last year’s winning school returns the pennant)
Part 5 (Noyama-kun’s speech)