Japan is a country located in East Asia. It is home to Nippon Professional Baseball; professional baseball in Japan dates back to 1936. Amateur baseball has been prominent nationally even longer, with the Koshien Tournaments being the most notable baseball event in Japan until (and even perhaps after) the creation of the Japan Series. The Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame honors Japan's baseball greats. The Japanese national team has been successful in many events, including winning the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics.