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Go Hatori turns his tiny Japanese apartment into a batting cage for just 500 yen


No foul play with this DIY experience, just cheap fun.

The crackle of the bat. The roar of the crowd. There is nothing like the sport of baseball.

Of course, our reporter Go Hatori doesn’t think so, because he’s never really played the game. However, he really likes batting cages as a kind of meditative exercise, and if he hits a ball well? Hey, so much the better.

But dragging himself out of the house and into the local batting cage can be a chore, so Go decided to try making his own at home. And there was no better place to start than his home away from home, the 100 yen store.

From wigs to fake snow, the 100 yen has turned out to have something for literally every occasion. Thus, Go was not very surprised to find a typing machine in his local Daiso as well. Such a sophisticated product, however, was premium and sold for 300 yen (US $ 2.78) instead of the usual 100 yen ($ 0.93).

It was also an elegantly simple device. Go only had to push the ball down on the small piston and it would appear within range of the batter.

However, that was only half the battle. Of course, Go can’t smack homers, touchdowns, and holes all at once in his cramped, cluttered apartment without risking serious damage or injury. That’s why he bought this.

Although they are meant for growing vines like cucumbers or goya, no one is saying that these handy nets cannot be used to tame fake balls or slam dunks either. There was just one problem.

The holes in the net were 10 by 10 centimeters, which was larger than the ball. This meant the net would be useless in stopping Go’s powerful line workouts and slaps.

But everything was fine because Go’s calculations told him that adding a second net would reduce the gaps by 50%.

He certainly looked more stable.

And of course the holes were now smaller than the bullet.

It was kick-off time!

Stadium announcer: “Now at Bat: Number 51, Go HaaaaatTOOOoorrriiiiiii! (‘It’s Raining Men’ plays on speakers) ”

Play-by-play announcer: “Here is the end …”

“… and the field …”

“… That’s out of heeeeeaaaah !!!”

It was even more fun than Go had imagined. Of course, the bat was shorter than the regulations, but as his former team manager told him, “It’s not the size of the bat, it’s what you do with it.” Go now realizes the guy was flirting with him back then, but the advice is still surprisingly relevant.

However, soon after, tragedy struck.

The net quickly proved almost completely ineffective in stopping Go’s blazing hat tricks, and bullets easily flew into his kitchenette.

But to his surprise, the hollow plastic balls were so light that they bounced harmlessly off all of his belongings.

Even if he had spent 500 yen on his home batting cage, anyone else could probably do without the nets altogether and just spend the 300 on the toy. But if you insist on protection, Go recommends buying a blue tarp from the 100 yen store instead.

Now, if you excuse him, our little Ichiro has to get back to his nips, his drop shots and his checks and mats.

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