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The Ichiro Effect

The Ichiro Effect is now gone from Seattle, a west coast location that’s not as far from Japan and New York City. Tourism will be affected as people will now perhaps defect to New York for visits. But even that will be less. Seattle is a much simpler place to visit. “Japan sends more tourists to Seattle than any other country, according to U.S. Commerce department officials, the newspaper notes. In 2011 alone, 64,000 Japanese tourists visited the region.” (USA Today – Ichiro Effect)

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Ichiro to the Yankees

Ichiro now a Yankee. He’s 38, should be able to produce. “When I spent time during the All-Star break to think, I realized that this team has many players in their early 20s,” Ichiro said through a translator. “I began to think I should not be on this team next year. I also started to feel a desire to be in an atmosphere that I could have a different kind of stimulation than I have right now.” (ESPN – Ichiro to Yanks)  

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Ichiro Museum

A museum for one of baseball’s greatest stars. It’s not a huge structure, but it’s a room filled with Ichiro’s items. It’s run by his parents. It even has his abacus. It’s filled with photos and ephemera. 30 visitors a day, $11 to enter. If you’re a fan, this is the place to be. It’s in Toyoyama, Japan. (Seattletimes – Ichiro)

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