In this unique and meaningful book, Shizuka Ijuin, a friend of baseball legend Hideki Matsui, profiles the beloved New York Yankee - a world-class athlete who exemplifies a quality that Ijuin believes is central to success and well-being - modesty. Hideki Matsui embodies the Eastern virtue that combines compassion and self-effacement with high achievement. Born in a northern coastal town of Japan, Matsui was a phenomenon by the time he was a teenager, playing baseball in the famous high school league tournament at the Koshien Stadium and nicknamed 'the wunderkind from the North'. His character was formed early on - Matsui’s father once taught him not to complain about an opposing pitcher who had intentionally walked him five times in a row, for, his father asserted, the other boy was enduring something even worse. As class president and high school team captain, Matsui spoke out against verbal abuse and bullying. This is a book sure to stand the test of time, transcending sports to express a philosophy of life.