Category Archives: Football

Wandering to Japan

Alright, I need to be upfront. My next favourite football team after those ageing Socceroos is the Western Sydney Wanderers. And they will be playing in Japan early in 2014. Don’t be alarmed, but be ready for a light sprinkling … Continue reading

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I thought Honda and Endo were the stars?

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Well, another football game against Japan is over. The centre of another trip. The excuse for drawing 3 others into our traveling party this time. Joining with the Green and Gold Army. Joining the 62,000 singing and screaming Blue Samurai … Continue reading

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The Namboku Line sardine can to Saitama Stadium

Well, another World Cup football game against Japan Blue Samurai is over. The centre of the trip. The excuse for drawing 4 others into our traveling party this time. Joining with the Green and Gold Army. Cheering for the Socceroos. … Continue reading

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Warming up

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Well the game is over, with Australia getting a well deserved draw after an exciting 0 – 0 draw against Japan on Tuesday 11th June. The warm up for the game started at the Hobgoblin pub in Roppongi, chosen I … Continue reading

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Saitama, here we come!

With only 2 weeks to the crucial World Cup Qualifer against Japan, over 1,000 Australian football fans like me are packing their bags to support our team in Saitama. Getting to the ground is easy via the Namboku Subway Line. … Continue reading

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The middle aged man challenge: how would you spend 3 days in Tokyo?

The balding and grey haired group for the June has grown to 5, with 3 guys on their first trip. Not yet at the dizzying 2009 heights of 11. Blame the GFC. These poor souls are vesting the enjoyment of … Continue reading

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Nagoya Grampus fans. Oh what a night!

So the trip to Japan this time around was all about this. A soccer game. Andrew, Dean, Madeline and I had come armed with Central Coast Mariners trinkets, to swap with Nagoya Grampus fans after the final whistle. Outside the … Continue reading

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Evolving travel experience

I have just completed 10 weeks of  Japanese language lessons. Even though the course was at ‘starter’ level (simpler than Introductory!) I have to say I struggled to retain too much. And the final assessment conversation? Well, lets just say … Continue reading

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The Mariners never looked like winning – but who cared?

Tuesday 15th May, 2012 So, the game that drew us to Japan (again) has come and gone and only now am I getting around to indexing the hundreds of photos, and compiling the videos I did not know I had … Continue reading

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Adelaide United v Gamba Osaka tickets on-line

Tickets are available on-line for 2,000 Yen in the Away Supporters Section. At this stage I think there might be just 4 lost souls in that Section.

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Don’t miss the last train – to and From Mizuho Stadium, Nagoya

For more tips and tricks for the Central Coast Mariners v Nagoya Grampus Eight go here. Getting back to Kyoto or Osaka without being stranded Thankfully the game starts at 7:00pm, so will end around 9:00pm. The last (and only) … Continue reading

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Nagoya Grampus Eight in Nagoya

For tips on accessing the Mizuho Stadium in Nagoya for the big game on Tuesday 15th May, and getting to and from Nagoya, look here

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Central Coast and Adelaide in the one trip!

The ACL 2012 draw will see Central Coast Mariners and Adelaide United play in Japan on consecutive nights in Japan! CCM will play Nagoya Grampus at Mizuho Athletic Stadium on Tuesday 15th May. On Wednesday night, Adelaide will be up … Continue reading

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Tokyo revisited

Left the printed itinerary at home again, but atleast this time I had it on a thumb drive to print out sometime. My room at the Ueno Terminal Hotel is just about big enough to swing a cat in, but … Continue reading

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Will the coat be necessary?

Just been looking at the Tokyo weather forecasts for the next 14 days. Amazing how the weather forecasting can be so reliable nowadays. Tokyo looks good. Low chance of rain (less than 30%) on each of the five days I … Continue reading

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2 games on the cards

Tickets for the Sydney FC v Kashima Antlers game on 16th March have already been purchased in Sydney, only costing $32 which is a very reasonable price. Too bad another $2,500 is budgeted to get there and back! On the … Continue reading

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