Oakland A's fans celebrated a 7-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Japanese Heritage Day

Oakland A’s celebrate Japanese Heritage Day

on April 5, 2011

The Oakland Athletics finished up their opening weekend series against the Seattle Mariners with a 7-1 victory on Sunday while celebrating Japanese Heritage Day.

The day started off with a performance by the Emeryville Taiko Drummers and the Chorale May, a Japanese-American choir, singing the national anthem. Then Japanese superstars Hideki Matsui of the A’s and Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners went head to head, scoring runs and making plays that had fans on their feet.

Relief efforts for survivors of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami won big too, with more than $65,000 in donations collected that day for the Red Cross.

Click the audio player to hear more about the A’s Japanese Heritage Day.

Photo by Basil D Soufi
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