Engaku-ji is a Buddhist temple complex near Kamakura in the Kantō region. As one of the Five Mountains of Japanese Zen Buddhism, and because it is a storehouse of Japanese national treasures, the site has been a destination for travellers for centuries, and consequently a topic for mapmakers.
Here's a pair of faces that cry out to be set in a historical manga. Or maybe an NHK morning drama named Massan. Read their story, and about the founding of the Yoichi distillery, here. Read about the TV series here.
How many games did Sanfrecce Hiroshima play in calendar year 2015? 17 Stage One + 17 Stage Two + 1 Championship Stage + 6 Nabisco Cup + 3 FIFA Club World Cup + 5 Emperor's Cup = 49
How many games did Gamba Osaka play in calendar year 2015? 1 Super Cup + 17 Stage One + 17 Stage Two + 2 Championship Stage + 3 Nabisco Cup + 9 AFC Champions League + 3 Emperor's Cup = 52
How many games did Mito HollyHock play in calendar year 2015? 42 J2 League + 4 Emperor's Cup = 46
The FIFA Club World Cup has been staged twelve times. How often has it come down to the European club versus the South American club in the final? Nine times. (Plus Europe versus Africa twice, South America versus South America once.) What Japanese clubs have participated, and were they AFC champion, or host club? Urawa Red Diamonds (2007, AFC champion); Gamba Osaka (2008, AFC champion); Kashiwa Reysol (2011, host); Sanfrecce Hiroshima twice (2012, host; 2015, host). Which Mexican clubs have participated? Necaxa (2000); América (2006, 2015); Pachuca (2007, 2008, 2010); Atlante (2009); Monterrey (2011, 2012, 2013); Cruz Azul (2014). How many clubs are there in Liga MX? 18.
Japanese Switzerland by John Lavery, painted after his visit to Wengen, Switzerland, Christmas 1912. The vertical format of the painting, and the bijin-like posture of the woman, both suggest ukiyo-e. Source.
Inazō Nitobe, Mary Elkington Nitobe, and little Yosho, near Glacier House, British Columbia, 1898. Source. Nitobe was the first director of the League of Nations committee that eventually became UNESCO, and had his picture on the 5000 yen note. He was born in Morioka and died in Victoria, B.C., two cities that are now twinned in his honour.
At the end of World War Two the Soviet Union lobbied for Japan to be divided into occupation zones like Germany and Austria. If this had panned out the Soviets would have had a satellite state in Hokkaido and Tohoku throughout the Cold War. Colour key: red = Soviet, dark blue = US, light blue = British, orange = Chinese, green = a zone shared by the US and China.
In addition to the Falkirk Wheel, the rejuvenated Forth and Clyde Canal is now home to this equestrian statue,The Kelpies. Scottish Canals.
Morton visit Falkirk. These two clubs played to a 1 - 1 draw in their first meeting. So far this season Morton have played to a draw against Falkirk, St Mirren, Dumbarton, and Queen of the South. Within the double round robin format, have Morton ever played a division rival to four draws? Yes. Montrose, Division One, 1991-92.
Falkirk are presently 4th in the Championship, with 15 points. In the first quarter they earned four wins (Raith, Livi, Dumbarton, St Mirren), three draws, and suffered only one loss (Rangers). Morton are 6th, and have lost three in a row. However, Morton are still alive in the League Cup, while the Bairns were knocked out by Ross County 7 - 0.
Morton have failed to score in five of their ten league matches this season.
The word 'nil' comes from the Latin nihil, denoting nothingness. The word 'love' in tennis is from the French l'oeuf, the egg.
If Morton lose today it will be for the first time they have lost four in a row since the dreaded 2013-14 season in which they lost eight in a row from November to January and then six in a row from February to March.
Derek Gaston has signed a new contract that will keep him with the club until 2018. Jordan Cairnie has been loaned out to East Stirlingshire.
A few seasons ago I made a list of the First Division shirt sponsors, to see what kind of money the Scottish second tier could attract. See it here. Who are this year's Championship shirt sponsors?
Alloa Athletic: Marshall Construction
Dumbarton: Baxter Ramsay (business consultants)
Falkirk: Central Demolition
Hibs: Marathon Bet (sport betting)
Livingston: Krafty Brew
Morton: Millions (sweeties)
QoS: Palmerston Café
Raith: Val McDairmid (crime novelist)
Rangers: 32Red (sport betting)
St Mirren: JD Sports
The best shirt sponsor pairing has to be the yin and yang dynamic of Alloa's Marshall Construction versus Falkirk's Central Demolition. How has that worked out on the pitch? A 1 - 1 draw.
[Falkirk 1 - 0 Morton.]
UEFA Women's Champions League this week: Glasgow City 0 - 3 Chelsea. [City are out.]
Montedio Yamagata [0 - 1] Ventforet Kofu.
UCD AFC visit Waterford United for the last league game of the season. [UCD win 0 - 1 and advance to the promotion playoffs.]
Largs Thistle [2 - 0] Clydebank.
Kardemir Karabükspor 2 - 1 Karşıyaka. Karabük is a steel town on the Black Sea.
The poster for today's Montedio game:
The club is out to attract more female supporters by marketing some of its younger players as if they were a boy band. M5 are Takumi Yamada, Higa Atsutaira, Hidaka Keita, Koya Yuruki, and Settsu Hayato. Source.