Today, the 2012 MLB season officially started while most of you were probably still asleep (5 a.m. ET, son!). Ichiro Suzuki made his return to Japan where he led the Seattle Mariners to a 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics in 11 innings. To commemorate the beginning of a long, trying year for many MLB fans (more specifically Mets fans), we're taking a look at how the players, coaches and mascots have fun with America's favorite pastime in Japan. From absolutely ridiculous wall-scaling feats to their awesome team celebrations, here's our collection of Cool Shots From Recent Japanese Baseball History. Konnichiwa, bitches!

Tags: japanese-baseball, 2012-mlb-season, oakland-as, seattle-mariners
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