The juggler is a high school baseball player.
He is juggling (object manipulation) a baseball bat.
When someone mixes baseball with rhythmic gymnastics, this is what you get: A Namekama High School baseball player in Japan, during what is described as a pinch-hitting performance, uses his bat like a bamboo staff might be applied in kendo. Or how about nunchucks in a karate movie? Without trying to use too many cultural cliches, the batter looks a martial artist with an obsessive-compulsive disorder. There's all of the stretching, and the jumping, and the other physical gymnastics inside of the batter's box that surely would result, were the game being played in North America, in having a pitch thrown at the ear hole. Here, instead, the other team shows restraint, even acceptance. Heck, maybe they enjoy it too.
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He is called Nunchaku-kyuji in Japan.
"Kyuji" means a student of baseball player.
Numchaku is Chinese weapon, connected sticks.
The nunchaku (Hepburn: nunchaku, often "nunchuks", "danger sticks", "juan-tuo", "chuka sticks'" or "chainsticks" in English) is a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope.
Nunchaku - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
You were probably just going about your normal Thursday, blissfully unaware that Yu Darvish's Twitter account was about to shake your existence to its very core. Those were simpler times. But they are no longer, and we now must figure out how to live in a world where batters use bats like kendo sticks and give elaborate mid-AB interpretive dances set to marching band renditions of Queen:
A Japanese high schooler combined pinch-hitting with interpretive dance, and it is everything | MLB.com
When stepping up to the plate, many batters have a routine to get them mentally prepared for the challenge of hitting a round ball with a round bat. Something short, like a tap on the shoulder or a few practice swings, just to loosen things up.
This Japanese high schooler has the most absurd pre-at-bat routine ever
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