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A few photos that caught my eye during the pre-season, which I am posting now before I forget.
peekaboo_mascot.jpg Taken during a preseason game between Kawasaki Frontale and Omiya Ardija. I could not stop laughing... The white blob is actually a sponsor mascot called "Peekaboo" (as in the >>company) -- he/she (?) is attempting to take a seat during halftime, being assisted by Kawasaki club mascot Fronta-kun. With that rear end, it must be hard! Fronta-kun is such a gentleman...
grampus_mascot.jpg The cutest mascot in my book is Nagoya's Grampus-kun and Grampako-chan (the "kun" denotes a boy and the "chan" is for the girl version) -- though a close second would be Ardija's big-bushy-tailed squirrel. Isn't it funny how we automatically present girl/boy differences by size difference and the fact that one has eye-lashes...? ;)
ehime_orange.jpgThis spunky-looking dude is the Ehime Orange, for Ehime FC -- just promoted to the J2 this year. In Japan, we have an obsession with tying regions with foods -- and in Ehime, the local Orange is their star product by far. This guy has got the 'tude, doesn't he?
okada_sign.jpg Of course, these signs showing support for specific players, and in this case for the club boss (here, it's Yokoahama F Marinos manager Takeshi Okada), are also part of the supporter scene. And the homemade efforts are I think the sweetest.
xerox_reds_daruma.jpg The Daruma tumbler doll shown here is a very common sight in Japanese culture. (>>read about Daruma) One eye is painted in black, and the other eye is left unfilled. If they win (like this daruma created by Urawa Reds for the Xerox Super Cup last week), the second eye is painted in during celebrations to symbolize the completion/success. Sort of like putting a bottle of champagne on ice in hopeful anticipation of celebration. We also see these used alot in elections.
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