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2016 Asia, May 31: Tokyo

May 31, 2016

There’s a longstanding tradition when the Orchestra travels to Japan of challenging their colleagues from the Tokyo Symphony to a baseball game. This year the Philadelphia Firebirds pulled off a victory in the last inning. Principal Tuba Carol Jantsch took advantage of the warm-up period to pull out her Frisbee. Photo by Jan Regan.

The two teams bow to each other before the start of the game. Photo by Jan Regan.

Associate Principal Second Violin Paul Roby connects with the ball. He has been the event’s major organizer over the past few years. Photo by Jan Regan.

Principal Bassoon Daniel Matsukawa makes a play from the pitcher’s mound. Photo by Jan Regan.

Violists Burchard Tang (third from right) and Che-Hung Chen (far right) in the dugout. Photo by Jan Regan.

Violist Marvin Moon and the rest of the two teams give each other the traditional high five at the conclusion of the game. Photo by Jan Regan.

The Orchestra’s first concert in Tokyo was at the Bunka Kaikan, which it hadn’t performed in since 1989. Horn player Jeffry Kirschen warms up prior to the performance. Photo by Jan Regan.

The Orchestra opened the concert with Mahler’s arrangement of Beethoven’s “Serioso” String Quartet. Photo by Jan Regan.

Yannick leads the Orchestra in the Beethoven. Photo by Jan Regan.

The bass section during the second half of the concert, Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony. Photo by Jan Regan.

Photo by Jan Regan.

There’s a tradition at Bunka Kaikan where visiting artists sign the wall backstage, thereby “leaving their mark” on the hall. Photo by Jan Regan.