Category Archives: Japan

Yokohama 4 Urawa Reds 0

Yokohama F Marinos 4 Urawa Red Diamonds 0 (29th August 2015) After the best part of a week travelling round Japan’s roads less travelled, by Western tourists at least, in Matsumoto, Takayama and Kanazawa, it was back to Tokyo, in … Continue reading

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Omiya 1 Thespakusatsu 1

Omiya Ardija 1 Thespakusatsu Gunma 1 (23rd August 2015) Another Japanese game, another pre-match stop-off in the Hub chain of British pubs, handily en-route to the ground. Another pizza with chopsticks too, perhaps topped later in the evening by a … Continue reading

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Kashiwa 2 Matsumoto 0

Kashiwa Reysol 2 Matsumoto Yamaga 0 (20th August 2015) Despite being less than two weeks ago, my memories of this game aren’t the clearest. It’s not the fault of the game itself, but more that I’d flown into Japan that … Continue reading

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Sagantosu 1 Ventforet Kofu 1

Sagantosu 1 Ventforet Kofu 1 (07/09/2008) Six short hours from Tokyo on the Shinkansen is the island of Kyushu, the westernmost of Japan’s large islands. Nearly 800 miles as the crow flies (albeit rather more slowly than the Shinkansen) away, … Continue reading

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Kyoto Purple Sanga 2 Tokushima Vortis 0

Kyoto Purple Sanga 2 Tokushima Vortis 0 (26/08/2005) It has to be said there’s something quite unsettling about going up to the young girl behind the information desk next to the ladieswear section of a department store, and asking her … Continue reading

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Urawa Red Diamonds 0 Oita Trinita 0

Urawa Red Diamonds 0 Oita Trinita 0 (13/09/2008) “Delicious Sandwich” said the writing on the box of the half time snack I purchased at Saitama Stadium. Now I could hardly have argued that it wasn’t tasty. The filling, I think … Continue reading

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