I didnâ€™t realize at first that Ichiro is from the Nagoya area. But, it turns out, he is. Now, of course, many Japanese that I meet tell me of their connection to Ichiro. Someone I consider a friend told me he played on the same club in junior high as Ichiro. Another guy at a gas station told the car, when he found out that we were Americans, that he went to high school with Ichiro. Iâ€™m sure others have their stories too.
If you discount the gas station attendant, I trust my friend, and that puts me only two degrees of separation from Ichiro. Thatâ€™s pretty cool and opens a LOT of doors for me. And yes, I can get to Kevin Bacon in two degrees by one path, and three quite easily in another path.