takeno     Due to there being no ‘Official’ Competition over February and March theTokyo Gaijin usually use this period to play ‘Friendly’ Games when not training, with two aims in mind - to give new players more game time and to ready themselves for the Tokyo Cup beginning in mid April.

The first friendly for the season (Feb 18th) was against Komaba WMM. Komaba are a class team who went through the Tokyo Cup 2nd Division last year undefeated and have their sights set on doing the same in the 1st Division.

The day turned out to be a wet and miserable day. Most players, used to games being called off with just a smell of rain, were surprised to hear that the game was still on. This was mainly due to the fact that the Komaba contact did not answer any calls so Gaijin Team Management made their own decision. ‘It`s just bloody water!’ I guess making a decision, which could be unpopular, is difficult to do in Japan. It goes against ‘Group Dynamics’. Better to lie in bed and let others make the decision. Thankfully, the Komaba players arrived in dribs and drabs and they managed to get a team together.