19:00 Sunday K.O. time for the J1 game between Kyoto Sanga & Oita Trinita at Kyoto’s Nishikyogoku stadium. There are 18 teams in J1 and before KO Oita from Kyushu the most southerly of the four main islands are in a decent 8th place while Sanga are 15th. It seems bad but the difference is only 3 points so a win tonight will move Sanga level with Oita! I usually go to the games with my Japanese friends Miki and Takashi. Takashi is a big Gunners fan, while my team is West Bromwich Albion, we are both looking forward to the opening day of the season when our two teams will be playing each other. Anyway back to the game. Despite Sanga’s stadium being towards the edge of town and next to the river, it is very warm and humid and the play is is slow. The spectatures slowly cook. Not much happens until after 30 minutes Sanga score! Yeah! Offside! "NO!" go the Sanga fans but wait the referee has given it "YES!". Oita get a free kick one minute later and score, "oooooh!" The rest of the game seems to be Sanga having the ball and passing it around to try and make a shooting chance (and not managing it) and Oita defending and then breaking away to have an excellent chance which just misses or hits the bar. The crowd go home happy but not THAT happy. Attendance 12,533 pretty good for Sanga who usually get about 10,000. Maybe they counted all the babies and really small children who come to the game with their parents. I'm already looking forward to the next game.
Here is a photo of a typical Shinto shrine that you can see all over Kyoto.
Shinto is the traditional religion of Japan.
Some very interesting comments about AC (air conditioners) and their use, Naheed and Gazin I asked my colleagues about their use of AC and many who live up on the hills never use them at all. Lucky! Of those, like me who live in the city it seems that I am using my AC least. I think it depends on the location, orientation and construction type of your house and your own personal feelings. As for earthquakes Naheed, generally Kyoto doesn’t get many bad ones (touch wood). What tends to happen is that every few months there will be a shudder lasting a few seconds, things will shake and rattle a little and that's usually all. I have been in one medium sized earthquake in Kyoto and I have to say I have never been as scared as that. Jorge asked about religion in Japan and over the next few weeks I will from time to time try and give you an insight into this aspect of life in Japan.
Diema I too enjoyed the book ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. I live not far from the main area for Geisha in Kyoto, Gion. We can often see Geisha and Maiko going off to work in and around this area, which is really special to see. As for your comments about the length of this blog (already it is getting long…..) somebody wise once said “You can’t please all of the people all of the time.” Some people will like a longer in-depth blog while others might prefer shorter ones. I think that many people with busy lives haven’t got much time in their day to come to this site and read a long blog, so it seems to me that shorter is better. I'm really looking forward to reading your comments soon, best wishes Simon
Gunners Arsenal Football Club from North London.
West Bromwich Albion Football Club from the West Midlands of England & the team I have supported since I was young.
Shooting Kick the ball at the goal.
Break away To move quickly from defence to attack.
Bar Part of the goal frame.
Attendance The number of people who go to the game.
Orientation The direction in which something (a house) faces, North or South for example.
Touch wood If you want good luck to continue then you must say this.
Shudder Shake Rattle Move and make a noise
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