Ichiro – Two degrees of separation

I almost know this guyI didn’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. I’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. That’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.