Sincerely, Lake Banook has so many odd and unexpected additions to it that somebody should do a series of ukiyoe called Eleven Famous Views of Lake Banook. This pedestrian bridge, suspended from a metal A-frame at one end is quite the unusual object, and a challenge to do justice in a photograph. (The ukiyoe would have it under a clear night sky with a full moon in the upper right and moon-viewers on the bridge.) An early concept had it suspended from a mast at the other end. Source.
On this date in 1888 Mount Bandai in Fukushima Prefecture erupted, destroying several neighbouring villages and killing about 500 people. This contemporary ukiyoe triptich is by Tankei Inoue. Yasushi Inoue has a short story about it, "Under the Shadow of Mount Bandai", in The Shōwa Anthology.
The British Library is currently displaying the earliest known printed book, a Diamond Sutra printed from wood blocks in the year 868. This copy survived to our day by being sealed away for eight centuries in a hidden chamber in the Mogoa Caves near Dun-Huang on the Silk Road.
Naoya Fukumori of Kwansei Gakuin University. Source.
It's the second round of the 94th Emperor's Cup, the round in which the J1 and J2 clubs join in. Six J3 teams are still in it, but not Grulla Morioka. Also still in it are Kwansei Gakuin University, a team we followed for a moment last year. Games of interest are:
Game 26: Mito HollyHock versus Avispa Fukuoka [2 - 0]
Game 27: Gamba Osaka versus Zwiegen Kanazawa [5 - 1]
Game 29: FC Tokyo versus Blaublitz Akita [8 - 0]
Game 44: Vissel Kobe versus Kwansei Gakuin University [1 - 2]
Game 48: JEF United Chiba versus Nagano Parciero [3 - 2]
Game 49: Kawasaki Frontale versus YSCC [2 - 1]
Game 52: Shonan Bellmare versus FC Ryukyu [2 - 1]
Game 56: Kyoto Sanga versus Gainare Tottori [3 - 1]
I'm following Mito for old time's sake; by which I mean, 2012. How are HollyHock doing this year? Mid-table. The Hokkaido Emperor's Cup games are about two weeks behind the others, so I'm ignoring Consadole Sapporo till the third round.
[So, all the J3 teams are out. But Kwansei Gakuin University are still in. The next round is August 20th.]
It's also the final of the World Cup today. This is the third time Germany and Argentina have met in the final, but the first time each side has had the backing of a Pope.
On Thursday Aberdeen beat Daugava Riga 0 - 3 in Latvia. The Dons move on to the second qualifying round of the Europa League where they will meet Groningen.
Yesterday Greenock Morton hosted Rotherham United in a friendly at Cappielow. The Millers, who are newly promoted to the English Championship, visited Greenock about this time last summer too and on that occasion played the Ton to a 0 - 0 draw. Rotherham, South Yorkshire, was on the first stage of the Tour de France this year, somehow. [Greenock Morton nil, Rotherham United one.]
Tomorrow Morton play Viewfield Rovers in the semifinal of the Renfrewshire Cup.
Ella Fitzgerald sings "Ev'rything I've Got Belongs to You" which includes the line "I'll give you plenty of nothing" from which this blog gets its name. The song was the hit number from Rodgers and Hart's 1942 musical By Jupiter, about the Greeks and Amazons.