May 312012

Waseda University and Keio University – two oldest private academies in Tokyo, have been competing with each other for years.

This competition is most clearly visible in sport events. They are called sokeisen (lit. “war between Waseda and Keio”). The most popular are rugby, baseball, and rowing competitions. Baseball sokeisen is the classic. It is a two-day match, held twice a year during a tournament of six Tokyo universities.

Waseda vs Keio baseball match

It gathers a lot of press, as usually next stars of professional baseball league play on the field.

At the same time, in the stands, a lively party takes place. Students and professors cheer on their teams.