Tokyo Giants and Asahis

The Leagues

Tokyo Giants visit

In the mid-1930s, the first Japanese professional ball club came to town. Named the 'Giants' by baseball promoter Lefty O'Doul, they were Japan's best. With the Asahis and the Terminal League All-Stars, the Tokyo squad played a series of exciting exhibition games. Thrilled Nikkei fans collected autographs.


Dai Nippon Tokyo-gun to Asahi Yakyudan Bankuba-shi Con Jones Park [Tokyo Giants and Asahi baseball teams, Vancouver, Con Jones Park], May 24th 1935. Matsu Family Collection. Japanese Canadian National Museum.