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I don’t really know how I got into baseball anyway. Back in the 1990s there was a german sports channel on cable television which was showing the World Series between the Twins and the Braves and I was casually watching this as it happened to be the only sports broadcast on TV. But it never fascinated me to the extent that I tried to follow results or even pick up a bat or a glove myself.

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Well, not exactly, but it is set in Japan and on a side note it deals with how someone traveling to a completely foreign culture copes with what he experiences abroad.
This movie “Hanami – Kirschblüten” by German director Doris Dörrie tells the story of an old couple living an ordinary life in the middle of nowhere of Bavaria, a very rural and conservative area of Germany. The wife Trudi (Hannelore Elsner) always wanted to visit Japan, since she had a strong interest in the culture and her son is working in Tokyo, and now she is confronted with a diagnosis of her husband’s doctors telling her that he only has a few more months to live because he is suffering from cancer. (more…)

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Quote of the day

“I believe in freedom of speech and I think it’s very important but you don’t do it in foreign countries and you certainly don’t do it in public”

(Some redneck in the movie “Shut Up And Sing” giving a statement why he now hates the Dixie Chicks. God bless America.)

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