In 2008 the Japanese and Canadian post offices jointly issued this Anne of Green Gables commemorative set, on the hundredth anniversary of the publication of the first Anne novel. The two stamps at the top were designed in Canada, while the rest reference the 1979 anime Akage no An.
Nabisco Green Tea Chocolate Oreos. I would eat them up.
Montedio Yamagata's promotion to J1 meant they get to play for the Japanese League Cup, called the Nabisco League Cup for sponsorship reasons. The competion began in 1992 and has been sponsored by cookies that whole time.
Like many league cups worldwide, the competion starts with a group stage. The four clubs that made the 2015 AFC Champions League receive a bye, and the remaining 14 are divided into two groups of seven. Each group plays a round robin and the top two from each group advance to the quarterfinals. Montedio Yamagata are in Group B with Vegalta Sendai, Kawasaki Frontale, Yokohama F · Marinos, Shimizu S-Pulse, Nagoya Grampus, and Vissel Kobe. Today Montedio play Shimizu S-Pulse. [Montedio win 3 - 1.]
The four AFC Champions League clubs are not absent without cause, they're playing these games:
Kashiwa Reysol 2 - 1 Shandong Luneng Taishan
Gamba Osaka 1 - 1 Buriram United
Beijing Guoan 2 - 0 Urawa Red Diamonds
Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao 4 - 3 Kashima Antlers
In Scotland, Celtic and Dundee United play their Scottish Cup quarter-final replay. [Celtic win 4 - 0.]
Yesterday: Stirling Albion 0 - 1 Stranraer. Stranraer take over first place in League One, a point up on Morton.
From (Nishikizuri) Onna sanjū-rokkasen, Vol. 1 (錦摺）三十六歌仙
All the holdings of the Freer and Sackler Galleries at the Smithsonian are now searchable online. This page is from a book of 36 female calligraphers with woodcuts by Hokusai and Eishi, in the Pulverer Collection of Japanese books at the Freer.
Tametomo resembled no other man. He was seven feet tall, and his left arm was four inches longer than his right, which made him a born warrior. He shot arrows eighteen handbreadths long with a bow eight and a half feet tall and as thick as a heavy carrying pole. It took three ordinary men to draw it. His arrows, of three-year bamboo, were the color of metal. Lest scrubbing and rubbing weaken them, he smoothed only the joints and polished them with scouring tokusa rush. To fletch them, he was satisfied to collect crow, crane, stork, or owl feathers and bind them on with wisteria fiber. His oiled arrowheads -- long, sharp, and as pointed as a bird's tongue -- fitted back into the shaft for more than half its length. As for the nock, bamboo could not have withstood the impact of the string, so he made it of horn daubed with cinnabar. Humming arrows he fletched with mountain pheasant or white-flecked black goose feathers. He gave each a humming bulb of birdseye magnolia, eight inches long, with nine holes. Each branch of the forked point curved out six inches from an eight-inch inner blade sharpened also along its trailing edge, so that the arrowhead resembled small, crossed halberd blades. The thick plates of his sturdy armor were laced with white Chinese damask, and round lion motifs adorned the metal bosses on its skirts. His three-and-a-half-foot sword, with its guard of hardened leather, hung at his side in a bearskin sheath guard. No god of pestilence would have dared to face him. Whatever his eye lit upon, soaring through the air or running over the earth, he transfixed at will. He outshone Masakado and surpassed Sumitomo.
From The Tale of the Hōgen Years in Royall Tyler, Before Heike and After: Hōgen, Heiji, Jōkyūki.
The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden currently has on display an exhibition of katagami, paper kimono stencils, selected from a trove of 15,000 recently rediscovered after 125 years in storage. (Via.)
It's the Emperor's Cup Final: Gamba Osaka meet Montedio Yamagata at International Stadium Yokohama. J1 side Gamba are favourites to win; so let's pull for Montedio, who have the double attraction of belonging to the lower league and of being from Tohoku, which in Japanese means the back of beyond.
There are 47 prefectures in Japan, and 52 clubs in the J League. Does it follow that every prefecture has at least one club in J1, J2 or J3? No. Kanagawa Prefecture, part of metropolitan Tokyo, has six. The thirteen prefectures of Aomori, Ishikawa, Fukui, Shiga, Mie, Nara, Wakayama, Shimane, Yamaguchi, Kagawa, Kochi, Kagoshima and Miyazaki together have zero. Or make that twelve, because Renofa Yamaguchi have just been promoted from the JFL to J3 for 2015. And it looks like Nara, Kagoshima and Aomori will be in J3 too before too long. I'll look at the whole expansion mechanism, and the 100 Year Plan, in more depth when the 2015 season starts in March.
[Gamba Osaka 3 - 1 Montedio Yamagata.] [Moment of reverence.]
Meanwhile in Scotland it's Morton versus Brechin at Cappielow in League One action. Brechin won their first meeting 3 - 1. Morton are in fourth place and Brechin fifth.
[2 - 2. A draw! Morton goals by J. McCluskey and McManus. Morton are in third place.]
The most extreme League One matchup takes place today: Peterhead versus Stranraer. The towns are 219 miles apart as the crow flies, and it's pure stupidity on the part of the SPFL that supporters should have to drive that far and all the way back to see it, or so I've read on Twitter. (The distance from Peterhead to Stavanger as the gull flies is 292 miles. The distance from Stranraer to Galway is 195 miles, as the curlew flies.) [Stranraer win 1 - 4.]
Yesterday Rangers' manager Ally McCoist handed in his resignation; it was rejected*; then Queen of the South beat Rangers 2 - 0. QoS could be the ones going up next year.
*Or, rather, it takes a year to come into effect, during which he gets a pay raise. That club is run, after all, by financial geniuses.
Thursday in Europa League group stage play: Dinamo Zagreb 4 - 3 Celtic. But Celtic have already qualified for the next round.
It's the semi-finals of the 2014 Emperor's Cup. No matter who wins today the result will be a J1 versus J2 final, the sixth time in cup history a second-flight club has made the final. The games:
Gamba Osaka (J1) versus Shimizu S-Pulse (J1), at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo.
JEF United Chiba (J2) versus Montedio Yamagata (J2) at Nagai Stadium in Osaka.
JEF United have won the Cup four times, though always under their earlier name Furukawa Electric. Gamba have won it three times (once as Matsushita Electric Industrial). S-Pulse have won once, and Montedio never.