A curler coaster and the meal of a lifetime: Ben Verlander’s Japan Diary

By Ben Verlander
FOX Sports activities MLB Analyst

Editor’s word: Ben Verlander is spending time in Japan exploring Shohei Ohtani’s roots, experiencing the nation’s tradition and assembly followers. That is the eighth in a recurring collection that started Friday, Aug. 19.

Howdy once more from Japan! I’ve made it to Hokkaido, the location of the Sapporo Dome.

Day 7 was principally devoted to touring, nevertheless it didn’t lack pleasure.

The day started as day by day ought to — by driving the Thunder Dolphin, the curler coaster straight subsequent to the enduring Tokyo Dome. The flight to Hokkaido was looming, so I shortly needed to jump over there and determine the right way to get on the curler coaster. It was fairly the method.

The ordeal started by heading to the ATM, as a result of the experience was cash-only. I used to be on the ATM for an excellent 5 minutes earlier than being instructed it was unique to the financial institution I used to be standing in entrance of. From there, we went off to a 7-Eleven close by, to amass the mandatory Yen.

I headed straight to the Thunder Dolphin, hopped aboard and was pleasantly stunned by how a lot enjoyable it was.

Ben Verlander waits to board the Thunder Dolphin. (Picture by Nick Rago/FOX Sports activities)

From there, it was time to hop on a fast flight to Hokkaido. The airport offered a novel expertise in its personal proper on account of an absence of house to document my each day podcast. We lastly discovered a tiny cellphone sales space that was about three ft by three ft.

Hours later, I landed in Hokkaido and proceeded to have the most effective dinner of my life in Sapporo. It was an unimaginable Sushi restaurant referred to as Tanabe, and we ate an Omakase type dinner — which means the chef was making what he needed. For us, that meant unimaginable piece of sushi after unimaginable piece of sushi saved coming our method.

Dinner at Tanabe. (Picture by Nick Rago/FOX Sports activities)

After the meal ended, simply after I thought the day was coming to an in depth, my interpreter — and savior on this journey — Masa, knowledgeable us that he had one other shock up his sleeve. The shock, because it turned out, was an unimaginable dessert he had ordered to the restaurant, and the fantastic workers served it for us. 

It was a dessert in contrast to I had ever had and, to be sincere, it’s very arduous to elucidate. It was just like an ice cream sandwich. However the ice cream was excellent and there have been raisins in it. It comprehend it sounds odd, nevertheless it was unbelievable.

Masa’s dessert. (Picture by Nick Rago/FOX Sports activities)

Ben Verlander is an MLB Analyst for FOX Sports activities and the host of the “Flippin’ Bats” podcast. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Verlander was an All-American at Outdated Dominion College earlier than he joined his brother, Justin, in Detroit as a 14th-round choose of the Tigers in 2013. He spent 5 years within the Tigers group. Observe him on Twitter @BenVerlander.


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