Weekend Update: Omakase, Podcasts, Dome Turns 30..
We're now ten days into the campaign, and while things have settled down somewhat, the contributions are still coming in at a greatly appreciated rate. We are just over 1000 USD away from being able to make an audiobook happen.
Since the last update on the campaign, I appeared on John Carroll's Wrestling Omakase podcast to discuss the book, the campaign, and Tokyo Dome history. It was a lot of fun to do, and the response from listeners has been great, too. If you haven't already, you can check out the show here.
Doing Omakase made me realise how much I missed doing podcasts, which made me doubly happy to see that the Podcast Companion series has been funded. I've amassed a collection of guests, some nice new equipment thanks to the generosity of the backers, and we'll start recording sometime in the next few days. Jojo Remy, who some may remember from the closing days of Japanese Audio Wrestling on the LAW, will join me for a look at the two Tokyo Dome shows from 1989 to kick things off.
The podcast will be a backer exclusive until the book is ready to be released, at which point it'll become available via the POST Wrestling network. Backers will be able to get some very early access to these shows, then. Please understand that because of recording schedules, the shows will record out of order, and on an irregular schedule, so backers might go a few weeks without a show, and then three all at once. Pace yourselves!
I'm writing this update on the evening of March 17, 2018, which is the eve of the Tokyo Dome's 30th anniversary. March 18 1988 saw the Dome open to the public with an off season exhibition game between the Hanshin Tigers and Yomiuri Giants. To show that promotional willy waving is not confined to professional wrestling, an announced crowd of 56,000 for the match was 10,000 north of seating capacity. To close out this week's update, take a look at the first home run hit inside the building: