Japan was built by volcanoes. The city of Kagoshima in southern Kyushu has an active volcano right in the middle of the harbour, which has erupted as recently as 2012. The inner harbour is one enormous caldera. Sakurajima means "Cherry-blossom Island". Source.
The Japanese League Cup, formerly called the Nabisco Cup for snacking reasons, is now the Levain Cup. (Levain is really just the name of one of Nabisco's product lines.) (It's also the French word for sourdough.)
On June 21st it was the Canadian Championship final, first leg: Toronto 1 - 0 Vancouver.
On June 23th it was NSÍ Runavík 2 - 1 B36. The Faroese league now takes a month off.
Tomorrow in Euro 2016: England [1 - 2] Iceland. [Iceland are the new Brazil. (They go by their first names.) England ... England.]
Luca Gasparotto has signed with Falkirk.
[I missed this: Morton visited Dundee and played them to a 1 - 1 draw June 24th. New signing Gary Oliver scored.]
On June 24th it was Drogheda United 1 - 2 UCD. The season is at the halfway point. UCD sit in second place and the promotion playoff zone, but the chances of their catching first-place Limerick, who have not yet lost a match, are slim.
The League of Ireland First Division (which is really the second division) consists of eight clubs. When did each of them enter the First Division, and were they relegated from the Premier Division, or brought in from below?
Drogheda United 2016 (relegated)
Limerick 2016 (relegated)
Athlone Town 2015 (relegated)
UCD 2015 (relegated)
Cabinteely 2015 (newly licensed)
Shelbourne 2014 (relegated)
Cobh Ramblers 2013 (re-licensed)
Waterford United 2008 (relegated)
Clearly Waterford United are the heart and soul of this league. They are presently in sixth place.
June really is the dead end of the year in Scottish football. There are 14 dates in June on which Morton have never played, and on the other 16 they've played only one game per date. What were they up to those 16 days in June? The Summer Cup. The Summer Cup was a cup competition of the Southern League during World War Two. Morton never won the cup, but they reached the semifinals in 1943 and 1945. It was revived for two years in the early Sixties but was held in May that time.
The 2015-16 SPFL restructured by Pythagoras:
Monad (enters Champions League): Celtic.
Dyad (enters Europa League): Aberdeen, Hearts.
Triad (makes the split): St Johnstone, Motherwell, Ross County.
Tetrad (safe from relegation): Dundee, Inverness CT, Partick, Hamilton.
Pentad (promotion/relegation zone): Kilmarnock, Dundee United, Rangers, Falkirk, Hibs.
Hexad (the Championship): Raith, Morton, St Mirren, Queen of the South, Dumbarton, Livingston.
Morton's U20 squad have been training in Varna, Bulgaria. Morton chairman Douglas Rae has been awarded an OBE.
The very very latest on Lowland League expansion: Threave Rovers are indeed out, and go to the South of Scotland League; Civil Service Strollers and Hawick Royal Albert are in. That brings the Lowland League complement up to 16. CSS and HRA come up from the East of Scotland League, leaving that league down one club, as Tweedmouth Rangers are joining it from the North Northumberland League.
June 8th, it was Vancouver 3 - 0 Ottawa, and Montreal 0 - 0 Toronto in the Canadian Championship semifinals, second leg. Vancouver and Toronto advance to the final.
Donald Keene poses in a recreation of his New York apartment at the Donald Keene Center in Kashiwazaki, Niigata, in 2013. How many translators have a museum dedicated to them in their own lifetime, or ever? Source.
Eiga Monogatari is an account of Heian court life written during the Kamakura period, a century or two after the events recorded. Enough change had occurred in fashions that the anonymous author felt compelled to observe:
When one hears tales of earlier days, one can scarcely believe that ladies went about in public dressed in so few layers of clothing and with so little padding in their garments. One wonders how they managed to keep warm even at home, since ladies nowadays are always suffering from ailments caused by the weather, though they pile on so many layers that they are in danger of looking like frumps. But that was the fashion, and we must suppose that even a Junior Consort or Empress wore only a fraction of what we would consider an adequate costume.
A Tale of Flowering Fortunes, volume 1, page 218, trans. McCullough and McCullough.