SHIMIZU S-PULSE vs FC TOKYO (July 20th 2019) LIVE COVERAGE!

SHIMIZU S-PULSE 0 FC TOKYO 2

Final whistle. End of ordeal!
Tokyo almost scores in extra time!
4 extra minutes of torture.
It will be a long season. S-Pulse will probably see the end safely but they definitely need a couple of good players!
Hope all gone I’m afraid in spite of commendable efforts, but something is missing badly!
Nightmarish! The end of revival by Shinoda Coach era… Old demons coming back…
80′ Two corner kicks for S-Pulse. Completely wasted!
Taki in for Kawai.
79′ Great chance wasted by Tokyo!
77′ Another very dangerous Tokyo’s attack barely saved into corner kick! Inconclusive.
71′ It is getting a bit too easy for Tokyo!
68′ good enough attack by S-Pulse but impossible angle.
Musaka in for Takeuchi.
Tokyo need only two attackers to put S-Pulse in trouble every time!
65′ Another save by Nishibe!
64′ Another dangerous attack by Tokyo!
61′ Dangerous Tokyo attack ending in corner kick. Corner kick again. Wasted.
57′ Nishibe saves his camp!
54′ Free kick for S-Pulse. Barely saved! One more chance gone begging! Corner kick. Poor! The referee is not helping either… It is getting messy. Dangerous free kick for Tokyo. Wasted. And SPulse’s counter wasted, too!

Sorry for the technical incident. Meanwhile S-Pulse had two chances but also conceded two dangerous corner kicks!

Half time: S-Pulse: 6 chances, 0 goal, Tokyo, 3 chances, 2 goals! Hopeless!
45′ Dangerous action by Tokyo starting from another silly defense mistake. Corner kick. I just don’t know how it did not get in! S-Pulse’s defense in disarray and counters wasted.
42′ Dangerous free kick for S-Pulse. Corner kick. Wasted.
38′ At last a good move by Elsinho but shot too weak!
After a great start S-Pulse concedes 2 simple goals for 2 attempts! Torture!
29′ GOAL! comedy of errors by S-Pulse defense!
27′ Corner kick for Tokyo.
21′ Co9rner kick for S-Tokyo.
16′ GOAL! First chance to Tokyo on a counter! Disappoiniting!
12′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Cycle kick just pushed into corner kick!Wasted.
8′ Kitagawa misses golden opportunity! Corner kick. Head just over the bar!
3′ Dangerous free kick for S-Pulse. Repulsed.
2′ Great shot by S-Pulse just past left post!
Kick off By S-Pulse

Kick off at 19:03
Note that Tatsuta is starting.

SHIMIZU S-PULSE:

GK 1 Yohei NISHIBE
DF 18 ELSINHO
DF 2 Yugo TATSUTA
DF 25 Hiroshi FUTAMI
DF 25 Ko MATSUBARA
MF 22 RENATO AUGUSTO
MF 8 Ryo TAKEUCHI
MF 17 Yosuke KAWAI
MF 16 Kenta NISHIZAWA
FW 23 Koya KITAGAWA
FW 49 DOUGLAS

Substitutes:
GK 21 Toru TAKAGIWA
DF 3 HWANG Seok Ho
DF 27 Takahiro IIDA
MF 7 Mitsunari MUSAKA
MF 20 Shota KANEKO
MF 34 Yuka TAKI
FW 20 Keita NAKAMURA

Team Manager: Yoshiyuki SHINODA

TOKYO FC

GK 33 Akihiro HAYASHI
DF 2 Sei MUROYA
DF 32 Tsuyoshi WATANABE
DF 3 Masato MORISHIGE
DF 25 Ryoya OGAWA
MF 39 Rotaro OMORI
MF 8 Yojiro TAKAHAGI
MF 18 Kento HASHIMOTO
MF 10 Keigo HIGASHI
FW 9 DIEGO OLIVEIRA
FW 11 Kansuke NAGAI

Substitutes:
GK 1 Tsuyoshi KODAMA
DF 14 OH Jae Suk
DF 29 Makoto OKAZAKI
MF 7 Hirotaka MITA
MF 28 Takuya ICHIDA
MF 45 ARTHUR SILVA
FW 16 JAEL

Team Manager: Kenta HASEGAWA

Referee: Hiroyoshi TAKAYAMA
Assistant Referee:Satoshi KARAKAMI
Assistant Referee: Yukitaka KUMAGAI
4th Official: Tomokazu SATO

18:30

S-Pulse is facing a tough opponent in the name of FC Tokyo, present leaders of the J1 League, but they have their chance! Let’s hope they hold it!

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HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City

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Hamamatsu Castle Ruins

There are still a few castles remaining in Shizuoka Prefecture although all of them are ruins or rebuilt or both.
Bear in mind that the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu spent a long time at different periods of his life in the Prefecture (actually 4 of them at the time) leaving his mark here and there.
One of them is the Hamamatsu Castle whose ruins can still be visited in Hamamatsu City!
Just go to Hamamatsu Castle Park/Hamamatujyo Kouen/浜松城公園 (refer to the details at the end of this article) at any time of theyear to enjoy the sights although my preference is late Autumn when the leaves change color!

A pleasurable stroll!

Most information is bilingual including the very useful map at the entrance of the castle domains!

You do have to negotiate a few slopes!

Enormous camellia tree!

Getting near the entrance!

Bilingual sign introducing the Honmaru/main building! Make a point to read all those signs! They are not only great study but very well translated!

A statue of the younger Tokugawa Ieyasu.
Actually the castle was built by the Imagawa Clan before they lost power and became the masters of ceremony of the Tokugawa Clan.

The entrance to the main building from down below!

A great spot for photography buffs!

A side view of the castle!

The last climb and the torii gate of the Shinto Shrine looking after the place!

Great explanations of the building of the walls!

Succinct but very precise historical introduction!

This was a castle conceived for defense during the Japan Feudal Era!

A must read explanation of the castle foundations, citing that the castle was rebuilt in 1958 but on a smaller scale!

The back entrance?

Great explanation on the well that any castle needed to provide water safely to its occupants!

I would have liked to be an enemy tying to climb that wall!

Even if one had succeeded climbing the wall he didn’t stand much a chance passing through the entrance!

This is only a very short introduction to local history! There is plenty more to discover and there is also a park around the castle to spend the day!

HAMAMATSU CASTLE (RUINS)

Inside hamamatsu Castle Park/浜松城公園
430-0946 Hamamatsu City, Naka Ku, Motojyou, 100-2
Opening hours: 08:30~16:30
Tel.: 053-453-3872

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Shimada City Roses Hill Park/島田市ばらの丘公園!

if you like roses the place to in Shizuoka Prefecture is the Shimada City Roses Hill Park as it is open all year!

The access is quite easy, 10 minutes by car or by bus from Shimada JR Station!

Entrance fees are reasonable and discounts are offered to kids and groups!

It is certainly larger than expected but very comfortable ro stroll through!

All amenities are provided, especially clean washrooms!

By fine weather it is the ideal place to relax by yourself, friends or family!

As I said it is bigger than expected and even if it rains you can always concentrate on the very wide greenhouse!

Even kids will enjoy it!

Let’s walk around! Hedges everywhere!

The best times of the year are during the Spring and Autumn Festivals, but specialists will find something to observe and study all year round!

Varieties come from all over the World and Japan, including these Charleston roses inviting you to a dance!

Slopes everywhere!

Inside the greenhouse! The staff and gardeners will kindly answer your questions!

Take your time! In any case there is also a cafeteria and souvenir shop!

These will make you blush! LOL

Elegant and cute!

My favorite!

Where were the kids by the way?

Great pictures to take, even under the rain!

Will certainly come back again!

SHIMADA CITY ROSES HILL PARK/島田市ばらの丘公園

Address: 427-0007, Shizuoka Prefecture, Shimada City, Noda, 1652-1
Tel.: 0547-37-0505
Opening hours: 9:30~17:00, 9:00~16:00 from December to March
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Mount Fuji Great View at Satta Pass in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

Shizuoka Prefecture is the home of Mount Fuji (rightly argued by Yamanashi Prefecture!), that the “seaside Mount Fuji”. Naturally anyone living in another Prefecture who is able to see it in the distance will argue, but geographically half of it lies inside Shizuoka Prefecture. Full stop!

This is why so many foreign and domestic visitors are disappointed when they cannot admire the view because no one took the pains to explain why when they left Tokyo hoping for a grand spectacle.
Mount Fuji towers almost at 4000 meters and it is no wonder that it can be hidden by clouds, mist or rain. In case of a typhoon stay in Tokyo!

What is the best season, then? The coldest and the driest, the better, which means that the best time is between end of October and end of March. If you are lucky you can enjoy the view on rare days until May. After that you do need a lot of luck!
What is the best location to admire Mount Fuji, then?
Too many to choose from actually, so it needs a little study beforehand.
But all agree that one of the spots is the Satta Pass in Yui, Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

The Satta Pass until the very end of the Edo Period was a must travelers along the Old Tokaido Route. Actually one can see how it was on one of the woodblock prints of Hiroshige Utagawa exhibited at the Hiroshige Museum in Yui, another must visit spot!
As for going there in this modern era of ours, lazy people can always reach the place by car or taxi, but on a fine day healthy tourists should walk all the way from Yui JR Station, up slopes where they will discover orange trees and meet the local farmers!

Google Map (including instructions for a nice trip!)

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 55: Makinohara City!

Beautiful fire hydrant manhole cover but does not bear any distinctive sigil!

Makinohara City in the southern center part of Shizuoka Prefecture, in spite of its full city status acquired on October 11th, is what you may call a manhole cover desert. The city was created by merging the northern and western part of Haibara Gun/Distric (the southeastern part becoming Yoshida Cho/Town) and Sagara Village. Its main resources are green tea, some fishing and a Suzuki car components factory.
I suppose that in some near future that the City will come up with its own distinctive manhole cover!

This large fire hydrant cover is the only truly Makinohara City cover! It is a common design but with the name of the city on it!

This is a cover found everywhere with the central sigil with the Japanese caharacter for “water”!

水/water!

The same with the old Haibara District sigil!

は/hiragana for “ha” of Haibara District!

A well preserved cover but with the old Haibara District sigil!

An even older Haibara District cover!

Similar one but reinforced by an outer rim!

A small valve cover from my old files!

Looking forward to the new Makinohara City manhole cover!

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 54: Yoshida Cho (formerly part of Haibara Gun)!

Talking of Yoshida Cho in Shizuoka Prefecture still confuses a lot people here because its former name, Haibara Gun, was changed to the new modern appellation only recently. To make things more difficult there are  more than a half dozen districts/towns of the same name in other Prefectures!
This is probably the main reason that Yoshida Town decided to devise their own manhole cover to advertise/promote their region!
It can be found in front of Yoshida Town Hall bus stop across the street!

A certainly more modern approach to design!

The Town is more known for another color cover installed quite some time ago near the seaside, quite a way far from the Town Hall!

It uncolored version inside a bigger cover!

The uncolored version on its own!

One can find in the same Town all kinds of “ancient” and more recent covers, particular to this area or regularly found all over Japan like this fire hydrant cover!

I found this one in my files but couldn’t locate it during my last trip!

A type found in many places but with a Yoshida Town central sigil!

This sigil was created when Haibara Gun was renamed Yshida Town!

You do have to keep an eye on that central sigil as you might in for some surprises!

Yoshida Cho vigil!

How about this one then?

Shimada City sigil! Apparently they ran short and had to “borrow” this one from neighboring Shimada City!

One can find various valve covers!

Another one with a different rating!

Central Yoshida Cho vigil for this one found everywhere in the country!

A small semi private one with the same design as the classic one!

I found this one in my old files but it might have disappeared!
Oi river water access! It might be found all along the river!

A private one found in my old files privately owned by the Yoshida Flower Park!

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Manhole Covers in Shizuoka Prefecture 53: Love Line! Sunshine!! Manga Covers in Numazu City! (Complete!)ture

Love Line! Sunshine! manga on buses in Numazu City!

The nationally and internationally popular Love Line! Sunshine! happens to take place in Numazu City as it is a harbour city in Shizuoka Prefecture,Japan!
The city has naturally made it its emblem and the number of Japanese and foreign visitors for the sole purpose of visiting and acquiring memorabilia is ever increasing!

Love Line! Sunshine! Manga on bus stop billboard!

Some time ago the city through crowd funding decided to create color manhole covers depicting the nine heroines of the Manga series.
But not is all rosy under the sky even in Japan. A disgruntled or jealous, but definitely deranged, student decided to destroy all the covers by painting them with highly corrosive liquid. The bad news were of course aired all over the world. The city first took all the covers away to be replaced with plain ones at first.

Love Line! Sunshine! Manga on rental bicycles!

After some reflection the city, through crowd funding again, decided to create new manhole covers with the manga theme. But this time only three characters, the whole group and a Japanese language name graphics were made in colors. These colored covers are unique whereas the black ones are most unique with some exceptions. No need to say that they are protected by the citizens and hidden cameras!

Here is the full collection, which I must admit took some doing at times! LOL

For reference here is photo of the nine original covers!

The whole group facing the sea in color.

The same in black, which cannot be seen on pavements but is sometimes exhibited at local events!

Its mint character makes it a bit difficult to discern the details!

The colored “Harbour Girl” Japanese character cover!

The black version!
Now, this is one is a bit tough to find as it is unique!
First you must either go by car or take a 40-mimute bus trip. Board the bus going to “Enashi/江梨” from the number 8 bus stop in front of Numazu station. Get down at “Nagahama Shiro Ato/長浜城跡). Luckily enough the cover is just a few steps away!

Chika cover, exists only in black!

Harumaru cover, colored!

Harumaru cover, in black!

Dia cover, exists only in black.
Another tough one to discover as it is unique and located among pine trees inside “Senbon Hama Park/千本浜公園”. You need some  luck there!

Kanan cover, exists only in black!

Mari cover, exists only in black!

Riko cover, exists only in black!

Ruby cover, colored version!

Ruby cover, black version!

Yoshiko cover, colored version!

Yoshiko cover, black version!

Good hunting and don’t forget to start very early as it will take you at least a full day with good preparations. Moreover you had better do it all on foot except for the 40-minute bus trip!

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