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These two historic baseball kimonos both display a fabulous all-baseball pattern, obviously influenced by the U.S. All Stars' 1934 Tour of Japan. The first is a magnificent and ornate omeshi men's haori, with repeating images of a baseball trophy cup and a batter and catcher, and the Six University Baseball League. The Six University Baseball League is a is an intercollegiate baseball league that features six prominent universities in the Tokyo area. Created in 1925, the Big 6 League was widely considered the highest level of baseball in Japan. So this is quite an important kimono in the history of baseball in Japan and is also quite beautiful. Fully lined and in excellent condition. The second kimono is also silk, and related from the same time frame, pristine with symbolic hand-painted imagery of a winning cup, bat, cap and ball with "WASEDA KEIO." The Waseda-Keio Baseball Game was a competition between Waseda University and Keio University, which contributed to the overall rise of baseball in Japan. After the Big 6 Tokyo Baseball League was formed, the Waseda-Keio Baseball Game was brought back as a standalone competition and would be held as part of the Big 6 Tokyo Baseball League championship. EX-MT condition.
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