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San Francisco Giants: A hypothetical response to Ohtani’s questionnaire

TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 12: Shohei Ohtani #16 of Japan celebrates after hitting a solo homer in the fifth inning during the international friendly match between Japan and Netherlands at the Tokyo Dome on November 12, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 12: Shohei Ohtani #16 of Japan celebrates after hitting a solo homer in the fifth inning during the international friendly match between Japan and Netherlands at the Tokyo Dome on November 12, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
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What are some resources for Shohei Ohtani’s cultural assimilation

Can we just link to Buzzfeed? No?  We need more than that? Ok. Well, we’d definitely give you a link to buzzfeed. I feel like that sums up American culture really well right now: Hot takes. Hot takes everywhere. I digress.

A few things that I think would definitely need to be done is a pass on a sheet of northern California lingo that just simply says “HELLA” in very large, bold print smack in the middle of the page. Sounds right? Ok! We’re done here. While it is helpful to assimilate into american culture, he’s ideally going to be living in San Francisco, which that culture, in my opinion is probably more important than general american culture. So what does he need to be sent?

Well first off I’d send him pamphlets on the history of the city, the golden gate bridge, the pier, the financial district, Castro District, and then the entire bay area at large. The San Francisco lifestyle actually might be relatively similar to the one he currently lives in Sapporo. The city is well known for its sea-food, which is right up the alley for Ohtani as Sapporo is renowned for its seafood.

Throw in the large Asian demographic within the Bay Area, there is the definite ability for Ohtani to feel at home within the city. The climate is a little warmer in the winter months than Sapporo, but is very similar in the summers (80 degrees average high in July/August). We’d send a lot of cultural pamphlets as well as some more general american cuisine habits. Oh, and most definitely an In-N-Out pamphlet.

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