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Fukuoka shoppers flock to sales to mark Hawks' Japan Series triumph

Shoppers crowd into the Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin department store on Oct. 24, 2019, during a sale to celebrate the third consecutive victory of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the Nippon Professional Baseball Nippon Series championship. (Mainichi/Takashi Kamiiriki)

FUKUOKA -- Department stores and supermarkets in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Fukuoka started discount sales Oct. 24 to celebrate the third consecutive victory of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the Nippon Professional Baseball Nippon Series championship the day before.

About 600 people formed a line in front of the Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin department store in the city of Fukuoka on the day to wait for it to open. Members of the Hawks' official cheerleading team "Honeys" and store employees dressed in the baseball team's uniforms welcomed shoppers.

The store prepared about 8,100 bags of assortments including food and clothing items and will continue the sale until Oct. 27.

Kimie Takada, 39, visiting with her mother from the prefectural city of Chikushino, said, "I was worried about the latter part of yesterday's game. But the home run by Yurisbel Gracial and good guidance by manager Kimiyasu Kudo helped the team."

Discount sales are also underway at the Iwataya and Fukuoka Mitsukoshi department stores in the city of Fukuoka as well as Aeon supermarket outlets in the Kyushu region.

(Japanese original by Emi Aoki, Kyushu News Department)

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