Niseko Hirafu World Cup Soccer Tournament
Yesterday at the Sunsports grounds just outside of Hirafu village a local 5 a side soccer comp was held with 7 teams competing for title.
Probably buoyed in part by the awesome summer weather - 27 degrees - the teams whipped themselves into Hirafu World Cup fever !
Lots of local companies banded together to support the event and fancy footwork and shirts off weather prevailed - the teams put on a real treat for the crowd who also turned up to watch the action.
The final game came down to a seemingly unlikely match up between Japanada V's New Zealand. To be fair the NZ team had just emerged victorious from a fiery match against "Europe" to reach the final but unfortunately they were no match for the well rested Japanada team who won 1-0.
It was a great day and really good to see lots of local people hanging out and having fun together.
Thanks to Derek and everyone else who contributed towards putting the event on.
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The eight islands of Japan sprang into existence through Divine Intervention.
The first two gods who came into existence were Izanagi no Mikoto and Izanami no Mikoto, the Exalted Male and Exalted Female. It was their job to make the land for people to live on.
They went to the bridge between heaven and earth and, using a jewel-encrusted halberd, Izanagi and Izanami churned up the sea into a frothy foam. As salty drips of water fell from the tip of the halberd the first island was formed. Its name was Onogoro.
So far, so good. But when Izanagi and Izanami first met on their island, Izanami spoke to Isanagi without being spoken to first. Since she was the female, and this was improper, their first union created badly-formed offspring who were sent off into the sea in boats.
The next time they met, Izanagi was sure to speak first, ensuring the proper rules were followed, and this time they produced eight children, which became the islands of Japan.
I'm sure you did not fail to miss the significance of this myth for the establishment of Japanese formal society.
At present, Japan is the financial capital of Asia. It has the second largest economy in the world and the largest metropolitan area (Tokyo.)
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Japan's culture is highly technical and organized. Everything sparkles and swooshes on silent, miniaturized mechanisms.
They're a world leader in robotics, and the Japanese have the longest life-expectancy on earth.
Text by Steve Smith.