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Betsuyaku Rei talks about the Swallows. She also talks about the unexpected birth of the cheering toy “Umbrella”.



A circle of friends connected by goo touch! The “FIST BUMP” corner of the radio program “GRAND MARQUEE” features people who live and enjoy Tokyo in a relay format.

This week, we are bringing you a look at the circle of friends connected by Yakult fans in advance of the “Mynavi Swallows Summer Night Festival,” a public live broadcast to be held in the front area of Jingu Stadium.
On August 17, illustrator Betsuyaku Rrei will appear. We asked her about how she became a fan of the Yakult Swallows and the story behind the creation of the “umbrellas” that are used as cheering goods.

What made her become a Yakult Swallows fan was her favorite manga

Celeina (MC): On our last day, we welcome illustrator Betsuyakurei. Please give her my best regards.

Betsuyaku: It’s nice to meet you.

Celeina: You are an illustrator and a Yakult Swallows fan, is that right?

Betsuyaku: Yes, I am.

Celeina: You are wearing the uniform today as well, No. 55, Murakami.

Betsuyaku: Yes, that’s right.

Celeina: Do you have many uniforms?

Betsuyaku: I have several, but recently I’ve been wearing Murakami.

Celeina: That’s nice.

Takano (MC): Is he your favorite?

Betsuyaku: I guess I’d say he’s like a god for Yakult Swallows fans, so I worship him.

Celeina: You mean with respect.

Betsuyaku: Yes, that’s right.

Celeina: How did you become a Yakult Swallows fan in the first place?

Betsuyaku: When I was in elementary school, I read “Ganbare!! Tabuchi-kun!!” was very popular in elementary school, and I loved it very much. At first I read it without understanding the rules of baseball at all, but I thought it would be very interesting if I could understand baseball, and I wanted to watch baseball. I told my parents that I wanted to watch baseball, and since Jingu was close by, we decided to go there.

Celeina:It was not so much that your parents were Yakult Swallows fans, but that Jingu Stadium was close by.

Betsuyaku: Yes, that’s right. The stadium was close, and I also liked “Ganbare!! Tabuchi-kun!!” had a character named Yasuda, who was a pitcher for the Yakult team at the time, as a semi-leading role model. So we wanted to see Yasuda-kun and baseball, so we decided to go to Jingu.

Celeina: Were you hooked from the first time?

Betsuyaku: I started out wanting to understand the rules of baseball and to enjoy watching it, but I never had any doubts about becoming a Yakult Swallows fan.

Takano: Naturally.

Celeina: Normal.

Betsuyaku: It was normal and natural.

Takano: Have you been a Yakult Swallows fan since then?

Betsuyaku: Yes, that’s right.

Celeina: Have you ever played baseball yourself? Only watching the games?

Betsuyaku: No. I’m not athletic.

Celeina: So you don’t do much sports, but you love to watch baseball games.

Betsuyaku: Yes, watching. Doing it is probably a definite no-no.



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