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Rugby in Japan 13

National teams from various countries now stay in Japan to train themselves for the Rugby World Cup that starts from next Friday. The below is an image of some staffs of Welsh national team and Kokura Castle in Kitakyushu that is lit up in red, national colour of Wales. The team live together in a training camp in the city.

(Nishinippon Shimbun)

In the 9th episode of "No Side Game", Keiichirō Takigawa is forced to resign from his position because of the falsification of the data of Kazama Coprpration's oil. Kenji Wakisaka takes his place them but his real intention is reducing the budget and he thinks the Astros are not necessary for the company. And unlike Takigawa who also doesn't think of the team, his idea is not theoretical. It depresses Hayato Kimishima and players become vaguely aware of his worry. Then Hayato dares to tell the players about it and then Jō Hamahata says that they should unite to overcome such hardships.

Hayato (Yō Ōizumi) tells the players about the reduction of budget of rugby team

The season 2018-19 starts and the Astros are on a winning streak. Especially Keita Nanao is  an outstanding player but he cannot play in the ruck because he injured his knee in a ruck play when he was a member of New Zealand under-20 rugby team. Then Jō Hamahata comes back to the team as standoff in the match against the Braves whose strong point is jackalling and he plays so well after the breakdown. Though Jō injures his knee in the ruck in the first half, he decides to keep playing and Takuma Saimon has the same idea. Jō says to Keita who worries about his injury at half-time.
"It's true that I worry about my knee but we should win this match. So I will keep playing. That's all".

Takigawa (Takaya Kamikawa, right) hints to Hayato that Wakisaka directs things from behind the scenes.

After the match, Hayato sees Takigawa in the stadium. He paid for the ticket out of his own pocket and tells him it was a good match. Then he also tells him that his father played rugby but he couldn't because of the failure of his family's business. And he wanted to get his own back to Yūya Kazama who has looked down on him since their university days. Hayato feels that the real mastermind is not him but Wakisaka in everything he says. Takigawa says Hayato's game is not over and encourages him not to lose it and leaves.

Shō Sakurai will appear in the final episode that will be broadcast on the 15th September. He is a member of a boy band "Arashi" and one of the special supporters of the World Cup 2019. Toshiaki Hirose who plays the role of Jō Hamahata was his fellow-student at Keio University.


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Rugby in Japan 12

Last Friday, Japan were beaten by South Africa in the test at Kumagaya Stadium. The final score was 41-7. However, they were not defeated thoroughly and did well in a scrum play. So they should use this experience to win against Russia, Ireland, Samoa and Scotland in the World Cup.

It was a surprise that Chester Williams died. May his soul rest in peace.

In the 8th episode of "No Side Game", Keiichi Takigawa's acquisition is almost successful. And Hayato Kimishima plans to talk about the problem of building a golf course with those who are against it. During the discussion, a man who is called Naeba says that Shōichi Morishita, professor of Teito Institute of Technology who led them retired from the movement about five months ago. And it is him who checked the banker oil of Kazama Corporation and said there was no problem. However, Nobuteru Hoshino of TOKIWA MOTORS Research Institute tells Hayato that he didn't check the sample of Kazama Corporation's oil so he couldn't compare his data with that of Morishita. It seems that Morishita falsified the data of the oil and retired from the movement in exhange for the cost of the operation and leaving his memorable gingko tree in the coarse. His daughter Mana is seriously ill.

Hayato (Yō Ōizumi, left) and Nobuteru (Jingi Irie, centre) visit the laboratory of Shōichi Morishita (Kazunaga Tsuji, right)

Hiroshi Aono who works at Fuchū Green Country visits a Japanese restaurant to meet Yūya Kazama and Takigawa and hands an expensive wine to Kazama as present. Aono tells Takigawa that he played rugby before but retired because of injury. Takigawa asks him why he didn't cure it completely. Then he drinks it with Kazama and tastes the sweets of his success. When he was a student, he dined at an exclusive restaurant with his friends whose fathers were wealthy and Yūya was one of them. Takigawa became diffident and he still remembers that Yūya despised him. But now he becomes to own his company. At the same time, Hayato invites Aono to  a selection match of the Astros and tells him about the banker oil and his meditation in the club house. He emphasises,
"I want to protect TOKIWA MOTORS and the Astros so I ask you to give evidence for me that the oil is inferior because Professor Morishia has gone to the US with his daughter".

Keita Nanao (Gōdon Maeda) is surprises that he is selected as one of the starters of the first match of the season 

Keita Nanao injured his knee when he was in New Zealand and lacks in stamina. Jō Hamahata points out that his lack of stamina is caused by his injury and brings him to an acupuncture clinic to make his knee be treated. After that Keita becomes to feel much better than before and plays well in the selection match. Then Takuma Saimon announces  the starters of the first match of the season and Keita is included in them instead of Jō. Jō hugs him and says,
"I hope you will keep it up".

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No Side Game Episode 7

Nobuteru Hoshino tells Hayato Kimishima that there is no problem in Kazama Corporation's oil. On the other hand, Saburō Tsuda, head coach of the Cyclones offers Jō Hamahata to join his team but he finally turns down it. However, Ryōta Satomura who is a key player of the Astros like Jō accepts his offer. Tsuda attempts to weaken the Astros who are eager to win the championship this season. Ryōta decides to quit the Astros and TOKIWA MOTORS (*) and doesn't join the training with his teammates any more. He also thinks about playing abroad in the future.

Ryōta's behaviour alienates other members and he then comes into collision with Hayato Kimishima and Takuma Saimon over his transfer.  Hayato decides that he never accepts his transfer. If he does so, Ryōta won't be able to play for the Cyclones for one season. 

Ryōta Satomura (Sō Kaku, right) comes into collision with Hayato Kimishima (Yō Ōizumi, left) and Takuma Saimon (Ryōhei Ōtani, centre) over his transfer

Hayato's son Hiroto is selected for a scrum half of B team but a boy who fails to be selected quits the team. Hayato feels sorry for him but later he learns why he quits the team is because of his family's move. Then Hitoro, Ryūichi and his friends play rugby for him on the way home. Hayato tells him that rugby bonds him and his friend though they are far apart.

Some people who are against building a golf course by Fuchū Green Country because Hiroshi Aono, who is in charge of building the course decided to restart it. Then he tells Hayato that he expects the play of Ryōta and it makes Hayato feel confused. And Yūya Kazama, president of Kazama Corporation who is also involved with the course tells Keiichirō Takigawa that his company will be owned by TOKIWA MOTORS soon because the due diligence of the company is over. Keiichirō says that the company will be not owned by TOKIWA MOTORS but HIMSELF.

Ryōta occupied with the job told by his boss who never treats him specially because he won't play for the Astros any more (**). Then Jō approcahes and tell him to go out for training and he will do the rest instead. There Ryōta who sees Tetsu Kishiwada helps Yūki Tomobe practice tackling and then he replaces Tetsu. It's hard for Yūki to tackle a speedy player and Ryōta puts him to hard training and at last Yuki tackles him well. Jō, who goes out and sees the scene asks him whether he intentionally made him catch him or not but Ryōta says nothing.

Ryōta quits the Astros and TOKIWA MOTORS and goes out from the club house. Then the lamps of the ground light up suddenly and Hayato , Takuma and his teammates appear. Tetsu tells him that the Astros will play fair and defeat the Cyclones and they wish he will play without blemishing his career with clouding hid reputation. On the previous day, Jō tells his teammate that he was also offered by the Cyclones  to join them and it will be a loss for Ryōta if he cannot play for one season and it’s the pride for the Astros to have a player like him. Then Hayato says that he will accept his transfer and hands him a document that proves it. Ryōta sheds tears of gratitude and leaves the team.

Tetsu Kishiwada (Mitsuomi Takahashi), captain of the Astros approaches Ryōta with Hayato, Takuma and his teammates and wishes the success of Ryōta.

Later Takuma tells Hayato why Ryota quits the team is because of the growth of Hajime Sasa. Hajime is the very man for the scrum half of the Astros and not only him but other players improve themselves thought friendly rivalry also. And a new poster of the team is printed. Maki sees it and says that they seems to be more delightful than themselves last season.  

(*)(**) Under the company amateurism of Japan, players play for the teams owned by their company and train themselves after finishing their jobs. So if a player decide to transfer like Ryōta or retire, they should devote themselves to the main jobs. However there are many professional players in Top League teams and a complete professional league will start in 2021.
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The Squad for Rugby World Cup 2019 and Other News

Jamie Joseph, head coach of Japan named the squad for the Rugby World Cup on the 29th of August at Sakura-no-ma (Cherry Blossom room) in the Imperial Hotel. 

(From the official website of Japan Rugby Football Union)

The selection of Takuya Kitade who is uncapped is unexpected.

If Japan reach top 8 at the World Cup, every player will receive 1,000,000 yen (about 10,000 US dollars) as bonus respectively. 

And HAKUHŌ Shō, yokozuna of Ō-zumō (Grand Sumō) who is from Mongolia encourages Michael Leitch, captain of Japan. Hakuhō makes friends with Leitch who plans to make Mongolian youths play rugby at his old school Sapporo Yamanote High School in Hokkaido. I once saw the yokozuna enjoyed watching the test of Japan at prince Chichibu Stadium on TV.

Sorry, the plot of the episode 7 of "No Side Game" will be posted later.

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Rugby in Japan 10

The 15th of August was the anniversary of the end of the Pacific War. According to a tweet of NIKKEI Rugby, Michael Leitch who captains Japan says that his grandfather who was a military officer. During the war, he confronted the Japanese army in Papua New Guinea but they went separated their ways without killing their enemies. Leitch says that there is a kind of unbreakable tie between him and Japan.

It is said that some breweries in Japan plan to increase the production of beer to welcome rugby fans especially from abroad. And on the 16th of August, former Japanese international Ayumu Gorōmaru attended an event of rugby and encourages Japanese national team.

Gorōmaru at an event of POLO rugby with POLO BEAR and Hirona Yamazaki who is an actress.

In the 4th episode of "No Side Game", Keiichirō Takigawa who watches an opportunity to become next president of TOKIWA MOTORS meets Yūya Kazama, a president of KAZAMA Corporation that is to be pursued by TOKIWA MOTORS. He was a classmate of Takigawa at Meisei Gakuen University and Takigawa intentionally leaks the news of the acquisition to the press. On the other hand, Takuma Saimon who is a former classmate of Hayato Kimishima worries about how he should do to make the Astros win against the Cyclones. He then plan to strengthen reloading by checking a video. 

Keiichirō Takigawa (Takaya Kamikawa, right) meets Yūya Kazama (NAKAMURA Shikan) 

And Hayato plans a press meeting sponsored by TOKIWA MOTORS before the match against the Cyclones to give both Takuma and Saburō Tsuda who coaches the Cyclones the chances of speaking about the match. Takuma's self-confidence overawes Saburō and Makoto Kagihara, GM of the team. On the match day, Hiroto Kimishima, son of Hayato wears a shirt of the mini rugby team coached by Hajime Sasa, a reserve of scrum half. In the match the Astros play well and in the second half, Takuma tells Hajime whose shirt number is 21 to play. Then Hayato stands up and shows him his number that is 21 also. Hajime confuses his opponents by passing but they lose the match by a narrow margin. It influences the future activities of the team.   

Jō Hamahata (Toshiaki Hirose, right) tackles his opponent

The images are from the official website of TBS.

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Rugby in Japan 9

In the Pacific Nations Championship, Japan beat the US Eagles in Suva, Fiji and won the championship. Though their play against the Eagles was not perfect, I think their defense against the eagles was well. After the squad for the World Cup was selected in early September, they will play the test against South Africa at Kumagaya Stadium, Saitama.

Japanese internationals celebrate their victory after the match against the Eagles

And the Wallabies beat the All Blacks by the Wallabies 47 to 26. It's a record win indeed. For the details of the two tests of the teams formerly coached by Eddie Jones, please check the article on the official website of World Rugby below.

And in Osaka, Kobe Steel Cobelco Steelers won Top League Cup by defeating Kubota Spears. 

In the 4th episode of "No Side Game", the Astros win successively in the Platinum league but Keiichirō Takigawa, who thinks having a rugby team is unprofitable and is eager to purchase Kazama Corporation to become next president. And Hayato thinks it needs to make the league known more to attract potential fans of rugby. Then he asks a business magazine to publish the Astros but Makoto Kagihara, a GM of the Cyclones, their rivals that are unbeaten advertises for the magazine and asks an editor to publish his team. As a result, it covers the Cyclones rather than the Astros. In addition, Hajime Sasa, a member of the Astros makes a mistake during work and an order of golf carts produced by Tokiwa Motors is cancelled.

Keiichirō Takigawa (Takaya Kamikawa) who is eager to purchase Kazama Corporation to become next president is indifferent to the Astros 

Hajime is an earnest man who works for the team behind-the-scenes of his own accord and helps Taē Sakura who analyses the deta of the players. Hajime feels responsible for the cancel and the injury of Ryōta Satomura, ace player of the Astros during the practice match he suggested. He asks Hayato for leaving the team but he stops him. At last Hayato learns that the cancel is not caused by Hajime's mistake but there is another reason. Though other members complain of his mistake and suggestion that led Ryōta to injury, they trust him in fact. And Taē tells Hayato it is her responsibility because she wanted to check all players during the match. Hayato tells her that she is a role model of data analyst of rugby team. Then she tells him that her father formerly played for the Astros before and that's why she workd at Tokuwa Motors and analyses the data of the players.

Hayato Kimishima (Yō Ōizumi, left) stops Hajime Sasa (HAYASHIYA Tamahei) from leaving the team

Hiroto, son of Hayato enjoys playing rugby and seeing matches. However he becomes to have a poor record on the othere hand so Hayato tells him to overcome the things he is not good at step by step. It also goes for his management of the Astros. 

The images are from the official website of World Rugby and TBS.

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Kinō Nani Tabeta? (What Did You Eat Yesterday?) Trivia

Though the broadcast of "Kinō Nani Tabeta?" on TV Tokyo finished, it is still being broadcast by its BS Channel. And the exhibitions on the series were or was held in Tokyo and is held in Nagoya now. It is said that a sequel to the series will be produced in the future.

As the series is themed on cooking and dining,  a food stylist Shinya Yamazaki joins the staff and cooks the food in the series. The images below are some pieces of mochi (rice cake) that is imitated to pizza and strawberry jam. Yamazaki says that the meals of Shirō and Kenji are not special but ordinary so he tries to show them more natural. He also says both Hidetoshi Nishijima as Shirō and Seiyō Uhcino as Kenji were satisfied with the jam when the episode 2 (in which the jam appears) was shot. 

In the comics the series is based on, there is various food cooked by Shirō more than those in the TV series. If the production of the sequel is realised, more food will be introduced.

きのう何食べた?ピザ風もち      きのう何食べた?イチゴジャム

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Miss Sherlock Episode 2

Wato who becomes to live with Sherlock prepares their breakfast with the help of Kimiē Hatano, their house owner. However, Sherlock who plays the cello refuses it flatly and hands Wato a list of what she should or should not do in 221B. Wato is confused but Sherlock tells her she should go out not if she cannot accept it. Then Mariko Maibara, a friend of Kimiē visits Sherlock and tells her that a mustache was drawn on a picture called "Sachiko-zō" (a portrait of Sachiko) paited by Saneatsu Kishida that she lends to an art exhibition. Her deceased husband who collected antiques bought it 20 years ago to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary.   

The man who drew a moustache on the picture is unconscious because he was hit by a truck while trying to escape from the pursuers. Sherlock thinks it's not him who plotted it because he had nothing that identifies him. It proves that he had no will of priding himself on what he did to the world. And Sherlock finds a number 53 on his hand and it is the same number that is given to the picture at the exhibition. Mariko visits the exhibition held at Gables Museum with Sherlock and Wato to make a complainant about the security. The picture is going to be restored and Sherlock and Wato learn that an art dealer called Eisuke Yanagisawa offered Maiko to buy it but was refused. At a Japanese style cafe, Sherlock talks about it while eating Wato's anmitsu (*) but doesn't eat what she ordered. Then Wato visits Mariko Irikawa to care for herself psychologically after returning from Syria and talks about the change in her living environment.

Sherlock (Yūko Takeuchi, left) puts her hand over the mouth of Tatsuya Shinoda (Tomoya Nakamura) who tries to complain his boss about following her instructions

After that the body of Eisuke was found under a building. Gentarō Reimon, Tatsuya Shibata and Sherlock inspect of the scene and the eyewitness says there was nobody when Eisuke jumped down. And there is a sleep inducing drug in Eisuke's office in the building. Sherlock declares that it's not a suicide but somebody killed it by making him put to sleep with the drug and puts his body on the top of the building. It is proved by a white paint on his back and Sherlock finds a piece that seems to have been dropped by a murderer there. And a book on Stradivariusis found on Eisuke's desk. Gentarō tells Tatsuya to follow Sherlock's instructions and he himself undergoes a clinical survey.

Around the museum, Tatsuya searches a pierced earring as per Sherlock's instructions. It is the one that a man who drew a mustache on the portrait of Sachiko put on and a custom-made one. The man is identified as Kijima who works as part-timer at a transport company of art articles. Then Sherlock and Wato meet Morioka, the president of  Takakura Resort who asked Eisuke to tell Mariko about buying the picture. But Morioka has an alibi when Eisuke was killed. He is also an art collector and shows them a picture of a dancing girl in the 18th century. After returning to 221B, Wato tells her roommate that it is really romantic that Saneatsu painted the portrait just before his death and he loved her so much. But Sherlock says she is too simple-minded and has no ambience of the presence of a male.

Sherlock finds some pieces of manila copal at the atelier of Michihiko Kuwabata (Kazuya Kojima, right)  

The piece Sherlock found on the top of the building is that of mania copal. And she finds some pieced of manila copal pieces in the atelier of Michihiko Kuwabata, a painter who restores the portrait of Sachiko and paints some pictures for money. He says he lost the chance of having personal exhibition and went to a convenience store to go shopping when Eisuke was killed. Sherlock talks with Wato that Kijima, Michihiko and Eisuke made a deal with each other behind the scenes while having dinner. At that moment, a tall gays man enters their room. He is a connoisseur called Mickey and says that the real job of  appropriationist is restoring arts. It reminds Wato of something.

On the following day, Wato visits the atelier of Michihiko and the portrait of Sachiko he restored is a fake. However, Mickey says it's a real thing. Michihiko is angry and packs it but Sherlock realises something. She and Wato visit Mariko and check the act of sale. Michihiko takes the picture to Morioka and asks him to support his activity because he was once betrayed by Eisuke. After a short while, Sherlock and Wato appear there and Sherlock points out what Takakura really wants is not the picture but its frame. It is made by Stradivarius and the one Takakura's picture was mounted before. But as time went by, the picture and the frame became separated.

  Sherlock tells Wato (Shihori Kanjiya, left) about her reasoning

Takakura happened to see the frame at the exhibition and made Kijima draw a mustache on the portrait of Sachiko to make it restore by Michihiko. Then he allows Michihiko hold a personal exhibition in exchange for obtaining the frame for his picture of a dancing girl. But Sherlock tells Michihiko that Takakura never supports him and says,
"I think you should have an eye for people".
At last the picture of Sachiko and the frame are returned to Mariko. When sherlock plays "Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007" on the cello, kimiē tells her that Mariko decided to lend the picture for the exhibition again. This time it is not the stuff but Mariko herself who protects the picture from danger. Wato visits Mariko Ishikawa again and tells her about it.

(*) It is mitsumame topped with bean jam. Mitsumame is a kind of Japanese dessert that is an assortment of agar jelly, beans, mochi, dumplings and sliced fruits. It is usually eaten with black syrup.

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Rugby in Japan 9

On the 3rd of August, Japan played against Tonga at Hanazono Stadium in Osaka and won the match 41-7. They will play against the US Eagles in Suva, Fiji next weekend. 

USA and Japan set up title decider after wins

And in the third episode of "No Side Game", Hayato Kimishima, GM of the Astros visits Mihogaseki Beya, a sumo stable to strengthen the players and he also joins them. Then he thinks it needs to have more supporters to make the team popular. He plans to make players work as volunteer like a soccer club FC Tokyo in the same region does. And he asks his wife Maki to join the fan club he established but she refuses it and intends to join that of FC Tokyo. It disappoints him. 

Hayato Kimishima (Yō Ōizumi, centre) and the players visits a sumo stable and Hayato joins the head-to head training.

However, Takuma Saimon who coaches the team buys many balls and gives them the pupils of local primary schools and the children who stay in hospital. In addition, a new website of the team is built so Hayato is obliged to ask for supplementary budget at the head office of Tokiwa Motors and gets cold looks. And some players give priority to training themselves because the new season is near. One day Tetsu Kishiwada who captains the team is injures and visits a hospital. He sees that many children in the hospital play with the balls his team gave and is told by a boy who suffers a heart disease was encouraged by the ball he gave. He tells Hayato about it. 

The members of the Astros visits a primary school and gives balls to children

So Hayato brings the players to Tamura, an izakaya (Japanese style bar) they often visit and tells them that the joy of playing rugby should be succeeded to the next generation, especially children and playing and volunteer jobs are inseparable. Then more than 5000 people join the fan club and many tickets are sold. The new season starts and many people who get to know the players through volunteer activity visit Tokiwa Stadium at the day of the first match. 

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Other Cast of "Kinō Nani Tabeta?"

Hiroshi Miyake (Makira Sports)

An owner of a beauty salon Kenji works at. He has an affair with one of his customers and is advised by Kenji. He likes soy sauce flavoured ramen.


Wataru Inoue (Hayato Isomura)

A lover of Daisaku Kohinata. He calls himself as Gilbert, a handsome young Frenchman in Keiko Takemiya's comic "Kaze to Ki no Uta" that describes male homosexuality. But in actuality, he is careless about his personal appearance and always troubles Daisaku whom he lives with.


Osamu Uemachi (Chan Kawai)

A lawyer who works with Shirō at Uemachi Law Firm and is a son of Yoshiē Uemachi.


Michiru (Marin)

A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tominaga. She lives with a man but has no intention of marrying him.


Shino Kataoka (Yukari Nakamura)

A clerk of Uemachi Law Firm. She wonders why Shirō doesn't seem to marry anyone despite being in his 40's.


Gorō Kakei (Ryōsei Tayama)

Tayama replaces Kōtarō Shiga who left the series. He appears in the episodes 11 and 12.

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実は『いだてん~東京オリムピック噺~』を観なくなったので、再び『西郷どん』復習の投稿をアップしています。関連文献もまた読もうかと考えていますし、BSで再放送中の『葵 徳川三代』の再放送も観ています。そしてパペットホームズの続編ですが、これは是非とも三谷氏にお願いしたいところです。