This was quite the reoccurring conversation during my time in Japan. Seemingly, Ichiro was the only thing the Japanese knew of Japan. There had always been ties between Seattle and Japan (Kobe and Seattle are sister cities, Seattle’s international district was once J-town, etc.) but it was Ichiro debut in 2001 that put Seattle into the prime-time consideration set of the Japanese. It’s really amazing how much of an inter-cultural proliferation Ichiro caused. Now that he’s moved on to New York, I wonder what will happen to that connection Seattle has enjoyed for over a decade (monetary, cultural and other). This article takes a stab at answering that question.