Taiwanese cheerleaders are gaining popularity…Local fans say, “I don’t feel sad even if we lose the match.”
At Tokyo Dome, where the “Car Next Asian Professional Baseball Championship 2023” is being held, cheerleaders from Japan, South Korea, and Chinese Taipei decorate the stands. In particular, Chinese Taipei’s cheerleading is overwhelmingly popular, with some fans coming to Japan for cheering rather than baseball.
During the game, the fans’ eyes were not on the field, but on a special stage built in front of the third base infield seats. Many fans were glued to the cheerleaders who had come to Japan from Taiwan, not only dancing to the music, but also taking pictures and holding up towels.
Tsu Hanfan, a fan of Taiwan’s professional baseball team, CITIC Brothers, came to Japan from Taoyuan City, Taiwan. “Baseball is the main thing,” he says with a laugh, but adds, “Taiwanese people really like the atmosphere of cheerleading, and they don’t feel too sad even if they lose a game.”
It is said that there are many fans who support their so-called “favorites” at the stadium. For this reason, each team holds numerous autograph sessions and photo sessions. Popular members sometimes publish photo books. “Each cheerleader has their own fan base. Some come to Tokyo just to cheer,” she says.
The comical and easy-to-remember dance has captivated even non-local fans. There were also fans wearing Samurai Japan uniforms dancing with them. Lin Xiang, a member of the Rakuten Monkeys’ cheer team “Rakuten Girls”, is extremely popular, but the “Taiwanese cheerleaders” are treated like idols.
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