The visitors stayed with host families and shadowed their counterparts in school for a week last month. The sightseeing itinerary included a tour of Fenway Park, where the young Japanese players bowed to the Green Monster and received a ball autographed by Osaka native Koji Uehara from the Red Sox. They also attended a Celtics game, toured Harvard University, and hiked the Freedom Trail.
The Osaka kids spoke some English, the Hingham kids spoke no Japanese, and there was only one interpreter.
But it hardly mattered, because everyone spoke baseball.