Views of the Twelve Storey Tower, in the Asakusa district outside Tokyo, before and after the Great Kanto Earthquake of September 1, 1923. This post is really just an opportunity to direct you to this excellent website about the quake.
Fifty-Three Stations of Tokaido: Surprise at Akasaka, by Utagawa Kunisada (1852).
'Come and look,' cried a man with a telescope. 'You can see all the streets of Ōsaka, down to the very ants crawling in the roads. You can see all the people walking on Dōton Bridge and can count the number of priests among them. You can see both young and old and how many pockmarks they've got. You can see all the pretty girls and all the ugly ones too. You can see them buying and eating baked potatoes. You can see them relieving themselves by the rivers. You can see the beggars catching lice and count how many they've got. You can see 'em as wonderful as if you'd got 'em in your hand. You can see all the scenery. You can see Sumiyoshi harbour and the island of Awaji and Hyōgo Point, and Suma, and Akashi. You can see the sailors in the ships and count the bowls of rice they're eating. You can see what they're eating, too. More wonderful still, if you put it to your ear you can hear the actors in the theatres and tell what they're chanting. It's all the same whether you looks or listens. Smell it with your nose and you'll smell the eels they're frying in the next street. Only four coppers for a look through this wonderful glass. Here you are. Ten thousand miles at a glance. Here you are.'
Ikku Jippensha, Hizakurige or Shank's Mare (trans. Th. Satchell), p. 323.
This season J1 is employing an apertura/clausura format, and today is the last game of Stage One. It's a bit strange that the powers that be have made this change, after they abandoned a similar format in 2004. Also unusual is the fact that while J1 and the fourth-tier JFL are using the apertura/clausura system, J2 and J3 are not.
Going into today's action Urawa Red Diamonds have already won Stage One. They will play the winner of Stage Two and the leaders of the overall table in a championship playoff in the autumn.
Montedio Yamagata [1 - 3] Gamba Osaka.
We've followed a few Japanese clubs here in past seasons. How are they doing this year? Consadole Sapporo are near the top of J2, and Mito HollyHock are near the bottom. Grulla Morioka are near the bottom of J3.
Women's World Cup. Tuesday it was Japan [2 - 1] Netherlands. Today it's England [2 - 1] Canada, and Australia [0 - 1] Japan.
Wednesday Aberdeen defeated Brechin City 2 - 8 in a friendly at Glebe Park, raising the question, "Can they win the Treble?"