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Shimizu S-Pulse Soccer Club: Food Stands at Nihondaira Stadium in Shimizu Ku, Shizuoka City!

A Shizuoka specialty on offer at Nihondaira Stadium: Sakuraebi Kakiage to shirasu donburi/bowl of rice topped with cherry shrimps fritters and biled sardine whiting (Seasonal only!)!

Watching a soccer/game, even in Japan, is certainly a hungry and thirsty job!
But do not worry, there is plenty on offer at food stands both outside and inside the stadium to satisfy all palates!

Plenty of beer with Sapporo Company, on of Shimizu S-Pulse official sponsors which also has a big brewery in the Prefecture! Outside the stadium!

Inside the stadium!
Of course soft drinks are available!

As for food, there is really a lot to chose from!
Let’s start with outside the stadium!

No less than 8 kinds of snacks from yaki soba/pan-fried noodles to jagaimo/boiled and buttered potatoes and 6 sof drinks!

What do they make here?

Taiyaki/hot fish-shaped pancake filled with bean jam!

Tako yaki/hot octopus dumplings!

Shaved ice!
Choose your topping!

Shorounpo/hot and juicy Chinese dumplings!

Chinese fried rice!

And more Chinese treats!

Bread and cakes!

Pop corn!

Seafood ramen, curry noodles and chicken karaage!

Bento!

And more from sausages to fried potatoes!

Let’s go inside1
Fried potatoes (French fires for the Americans! LOL)!

No less than 9 dishes from Bacon steak to Japanese Chazuke!

Pineapple!

Fried chicken!

Brochettes!

And for dessert, a smile form the pop corn girls!

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
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SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs SENDAI VEGALTA (April, 30th, 2017)

April 30th: Another game with my favorite and local soccer/football team/club, Shimizu S-Pulse with a home game for the J1 League home game against Sendai Vegalta!

Once again took the special limousine bus sponsored by Shizutetsu Company (600 yen single way) across from Shizuoka Railway Station north exit!

Long queues as usual! Nothing extraordinary as 14,000 fans were expected on that day!

Plenty of food and drinks on arrival, but that is for a separate article!

Mascots forever!

I arrived early to have a good look again at familiar sights: Shimizu S-Pulse supporters stand!

The opposite main stand!

The away team stand!

Leisurely look at the players’ practice and warming up!

In Japan they have only one game on the card. Pity as it would be nice to watch the youth team for example!

Last watering of the artificial turf!

Sponsors introduction!

Teams entering the ground!

Teams introduction!

Kick-off: 13:03. Sendai kicking off and S-Pulse starting on own half.

2′: free kick for S-Pulse. 25 m, right of the box. Inconclusive, poor shot wide.
3′: Centering wide off the mark by Sendai.
5′: Throw in towards S-Pulse goal. Cleared.
6′: Complete miss kicked volley by S-Pulse in front of almost empty goal!
8′: two consecutive shots at goal by s-Pulse failing in last execution.
Early domination by S-Pulse thwarted by poor shooting.
12′: S-Pulse falling back into their bad habits, especially plying within a handkerchief.

13′: Corner kick for S-Pulse. Poor shot wide right of goal.
14′: Free kick outside S-Pulse box. Heading wide.
17′ Good play by S-Pulse ended by poor shooting.
19′: Sendai domination. S-Pulse running out of ideas.
23′: Sendai Goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt fouls Kaneko outside his box. Lucky to escape with only a yellow card as nobody was between keeper and goal! Lenient umpiring… Fee kick just outside left of box. just wide1
28′: Corner for Sendai. Inconclusive.
31′: very dangerous center by S-Pulse!
32′: Terrible shot from just outside box by S-Pulse.
33′: Sendai shot easily parried.
36′: Sendai pressure. Inconclusive. Too simple an approach.
41′: very poor center by S-Pulse. Building up too slow.
43′: Two successive close-range shots saved by Sendai.

44′: Late pressure from S-Pulse.
45′: S-Pulse attempt barely saved1

half time: Shimizu S-Pulse 0, Sendai Vegalta 0
More domination by S-Pulse who wasted too many many chances because of a too narrow pass play and generally poor finishing.
Should have led by at least one goal with better skill and strategy.


45′: S-Pulse still playing on a handkerchief.
Dangerous S-Pulse center kick. Nobody manages a clean shot.
46′: S-Pulse pressure. Poor finishing.
55′: Penalty kick! Chrislan who had been earlier lucky to escape from a yellow card for dissent manages somehow to convince the referee with a crafty dive! Decision doubtful at best…
GOAL! S-Pulse 0, Sendai 1 (against the run of play, but this is soccer!)
54′: Yellow card (Yasuhiro Hiraoka, Sendai) for Cynicla foul preventing clear run at goal.
56′: Good center kick by S-Pulse but once again poor finishing with head wide off ,ark.
57′: Kaneko substituted by Tiago Alves for S-Pulse.
63′: Dangerous kick at goal by S-Pulse well parried by Sendai keeper.
65′: Very dangerous attack by S-Pulse. Corner kick. Easily caught by Sendai keeper.
66′: GOAL! S-Pulse 0, Sendai 2
Wide gap on S-Pulse left side exploited, center kick, terrible defense, easy goal by Crislan again!
69′: Dangerous center kick by S-Pulse. Terrible finishing again!
70′: S-Pulse Takamura Edamura alone in front of goal shoots above bar1
Sendai’s Crislan carried out. Replaced by Hitrokai Okuno.
S-Pulse’s Gakuto Notsuda substituted by Mitchell Duke.
74′: GOAL! S-Pulse 0, Sendai 3
Terrible defense by two S-Pulse backs exploited by Naoki Sugai with a simple tap-in!
75′: Dangerous center kick by Mitchell Duke.
79′: Sendai’s Takuma Edamura substituted by kazuya Murata.
80′: Close heading by Tiago Alves easily caught by opposite keeper.
84′: Free kick shot wide by S-Pulse. Desperation!
85′: Good shot at angle from narrow angle by Tiago Alves well-parried by Sendai keeper.
87′: Corner kick by Mitchell Duke. Easily kicked away by Sendai defense.
88′: Corner kick for SPulse. Poor execution again.
Full time: Shizmizu s-Pulse 0, Sendai Vegalta 3

Game anylisis:
Horrendous finishing by S-Pulse forwards.
Naive defense.
Insipid strategy (playing on a handkerchief, back passes by strikers,…).
Dubious and lenient to a fault umpiring.
The wost recipe!
I thought I had been sorely disappointed by the game against Kashima Antlers but this borders on helpless frustration!
Congratulations on a limited Sendai Vegalata team which made most of their very few chances through craftiness and sheer luck!
Lost no less than 11 points in four home games!
C’mon, boys (and coaches!)!

I’m turning into a true S-Pulse fan!

SHIMIZU S-PULSE
GK 13 Seiji ROKUTAN
DF 5 Shoa KAMATA
DF 3 Tomoya INUKAI
DF 45 Makoto KAKUTA
DF 25 Ko MATSUBARA
MF 7 Mitsunarai MUSAKA
MF 14 Gakuto NOTSUDA
MF 22 Takuma EDAMURA
MF 10 Ryohei SHIRASAKI
MF 30 Shota KANEKO
FW 9 CHONG TOSE
Subs:
GK 43 Yuki UEKUSA
DF 26 Hiroshi FUTAMI
DF 27 Takahiro IIDA
MF 20 Ryo Takeuchi
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
FW 8 Tiago Alves
FW 19 Mitchell DUKE

Head Coach Shinji KOBAYASHI

SENDAI VEGALTA
GK 1 Daniel Schmidt
DF 25 naoki Sugai
DF 27 Kazuki Oiwa
DF 13 Yasuhiro Hiraoka
DF 50 Tatsuya Matsushima
MF 17 Shingo Tomita
MF 18 Hirotaka Mita
MF 10 Yong Gi Ryang
MF 2 Katsuya Nagato
FW 20 Crislan
FW 11 Naoki Ishibara
Subs:
GK 21 Kentaro Seki
DF 4 Koji Hachisuka
DF 5 Naoki Ishikawa
MF 7 Hiroaki Okuno
MF 28 Takumi sasaki
MF 34 Keiya Shiihashi
FW 30 Takuma Nishimura

Head Coach: Susumu watanabe

Referee: Yuho Yamamoto
Assistant Referee: Jun Mihara
Assistant Referee:Yosuke Takabe

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Must-see tasting websites:

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-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

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SHIMIZU S-PULSE: vs KASHIMA ANTLERS (March, 18th, 2017)

Today, Saturday March, 18th was a great day to watch sports and more precisely my local soccer club, Shimizu -SPulse, the only non corporate-owned soccer/football club in the top Japanese J-League!

A practical, especially if you plan on a drink or two, to reach their official ground is to use the Shizutetsu shuttle bus.

The shuttle going exclusively to the Nihondaira Stadium on home games is to be boarded along Matsuzakaya Deaprtment Store across from Shizuoka Station north exit. The bus stop number is 17!

Great staff on hand always ready to answer your questions with a smile!
I was told on that that no less than 25 buses (30 seats each) had been booked!

Remember that bus stop!

Long queue constantly growing!

Our shuttle bus!

40 minutes ride!

Arrival at our destination!

Getting off the bus and walking to the entrance gates!

Local fans having stickers applied on their faces!

17,000 visitors for 20,000 seats available! Quite a good crowd, isn’t it?

Very efficient information desk!

The back stand, from the back! Lol

The main stand where my seat is waiting for me!

My lunch! One you can find only in Shimizu, Shizuoka City Stadium: fried sakuraebi/cherry shrimps and steamed shirasu/sardine whiting rice bowl! Delicious!

Looking for my seat!

Home supporters stand!

The back stand with the VIP room!

The visitor supporter stand!

My stand, the main one!
I actually found seating by two very nice Kashima Antkers who told me that the Shimizu S-Pulse was just the right size as their own ground devised to welcome 80,000 fans always looked half empty!

Japan is such a safe country!
Where would fans leave their belongings unattended on their seats?
Not only that, but everyone will clean their seats after the game!

Since I had some time in my hands, I decided to have a look around and was pleased to find out that beer was available!

Incidentally the gender separated washrooms are better than average!

Plenty of food on sale: takoyaki/octopus dumplings!

Yakiniku/Korean BBQ bento!

Ramen, of course!

sausages et al!

Candy!

And popcorn! (I’ll have the ladies! LOL)

Back to more serious matters: S-Pulse players warming up!

Kashima Antlers players warming up!

Screaming Shimizu S-Pulse fans!

Screeching Kashima Antlers fans!

My quiet stand!

Teams presentation!

Kick off!

1′ slow start. Uncertain passes. No risks taken. Tense.

5′ No clear-cut chances. Both teams still gauging each other.

7′ First shot at goal by S-Pulse. Flying high over the bar.

12′ Pressing from S-Pulse but last passes missing their targets. Too vague an approach.

13′ Kashima Antlers pressing back. Fruitless.

14′ S-Pulse playing to small. Too many simple faults and misses.

16′ First kick at gaol by Kashima Antlers. Volley flying just over the bar.

18′ Blunder by Kashima Antlers Keeper resulting in first corner kick.

21′ First real chance to S-Pulse ending in a weak shot easily caught by keeper.

23′ Kick by S-Pulse sailing over the bar. Too imprecise passing from bith sides.

27′ Risky defense from S-Pulse.

31′ S-Pulse playing too small, missing real possibilities.

33′ Dangerous free kick given away to Kashima Antlers who waste the chance.

37′ Kashima becoming really dangerous, but shot beautifully parried by S-Pulse keeper.

41′ Kashima dominating.

41′ dangerous counter attack by S-Pulse.

41′ Kashma Antlers immediately replies with a dangerous free kick.

42′ GOAL! The free kick poorly aimed is claered off and Kashima’s defense makes a mess of it offering a sucker goal to S-Pulse against the run of play to the delight of Shota Kaneko!

43′ Corner kick for S–Pulse.

44′ S-Pulse Chong Tese yellow carded for elbowing. Would have been a red card in Europe…

45′ Corner kick for Kashima Antlers.

Last seconds of the first half: Antlers’ Yuma Suzuki slicing easy chance past goal.

Half-time: S-Pulse 1, Kashima Antlers 0
A somewhat lucky lead for S-Pulse but well taken. kashima Antlers will have to change their strategy and try to use their advantage in height.

Half time majorettes show!

48′ Risky passing by Kashima Antlers.

51′ Corner kick for S-Pulse. Volley sailing over the bar.

55′ S-Pulse barely clears a very dangerous center kick. Poor execution by Kashima Antlers of resulting corner kick.

61′ Kashima Antlers curl the ball past S-Pulse far post
Kashima Antlers booing the opposition.

62′ S-Pulse clears off dangerous cross kick in a hurry. Corner kick. Antlers dominating.

63′ S-Pulse clears dangerous kick.
General tempo rising.

66′ Weak shot at goal by S-Pulse easily parried.
Kashima Antlers Yuma Suzuki yellow-carded.

68′ S-Pulse hits the left post!
Kashima Antlers Mu Kanazaki yellow carded for silly dissent.
Kashima Antlers fans booing. Not nice…

69′ S-Pulse kick cleared into corner kick.

70′ GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 2, Kashima Antlers 0
Ryohei Shirasaki ends up with a close shot after Kashima Antlers careless defense.

73′ GOAL! Shimizu SPulse 2, Kashma Antlers 1
Naomichi Ueda scores unmarked from a corner kick.

77′ Kashima Antlers dominating. S-Pulse tiring.

79′ Corner for Kashima.

79′ GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 2, Kashima Antlers 2
After a long pressure Yuma Suzuki scores from short range after repeated pressure.
That is when I find out that my neighbors are the very parents of S-Pulse’s assassin!

84′ Kashima misses clear chance with poor shot.

85′ GOAL! Shimizu S-Pulse 2, Kashima Antlers 3
Great diving heading inside far post by Mu Kanazaki who exploits poor defense by exhausted S-Pulse.

89′ Free kick poorly executed by S-Pulse.

90′ Kick over the bar by Kashima.

Overtime Kashima soaks up desperate pressure from S-Pulse.

Full time: Win for Kashima Antlers!

Game analysis:
Kashima Antlers deserve heir win through unending pressure, making great use of their wings in the second half.
Shimizu S-Pulse had a great chance to create a shock win, but lost in the end for lack of stamina and too a conservative approach to the game. At tomes they seemed to play in a handkerchief, preferring the safe back pass to the adventurous forward kick. The coaching missed a trick or two by not using their three substitutes at once after the second goal when the team was already obviously tiring. It might sound harsh, but at this level one does not lose a 2-nil advantage with only 20 minutes left in the game! Introducing a forward substitute in the last minutes when the game was lost is not a very good sign…
Kashima Antlers deserve their win and will play the first roles in the League this year.
I sincerely hope that S-Pulse will have learned from their mistakes and will bounce back!

A minus point: Kashima Antlers supporters very un-Japanese constant booing…

But all in all a great afternoon!
Looking forward to more of the same!

SHIMIZU S-PULSE
GK 13 Seiji ROKUTAN
DF 5 Shoa KAMATA
DF 3 Tomoya INUKAI
DF 45 Makoto KAKUTA
DF 25 Ko MATSUBARA
MF 7 Mitsunarai MUSAKA
MF 14 Gakuto NOTSUDA
MF 22 Takuma EDAMURA
MF 10 Ryohei SHIRASAKI
MF 30 Shota KANEKO
FW 9 CHONG TOSE
Subs:
GK 43 Yuki UEKUSA
DF 26 Hiroshi FUTAMI
DF 27 Takahiro IIDA
MF 44 Leoandro FREIRE de Aranje
MF 11 Kazuya MURATA
FW 19 Mitchell DUKE
FW 18 Yu HASEGAWA

Head Coach Shinji KOBAYASHI

KASHIMA ANTLERS

GK 1 KWOUN SUNTAE
DF 24 Yukitoshi ITO
DF 5 Naomichi UEDA
DF 3 Gen SHOJI
DF 16 Shuto YAMAMOTO
MF 6 Ryota NAGAKI
MF 40 Mitsuo OGASAWARA
MF 8 Shoma DOI
MF 25 Yasushi ENDO
FW 9 Yuma SUZUKI
FW 7 PEDRO JUNIOR
Subs:
GK 21 Hitoshi SOGAHATA
DF 22 Daigo NISHI
DF 28 Koki MACHIDA
MF 4 LEO SILVA
MF 11 LEANDRO
MF 13 Atsutaka NAKAMURA
FW 33 Mu KANAZAKI

Head Coach: Masatada ISHI

Referee: Masuya UEDA
Assistant Referee:Seiichi KANAI
Assistant Referee:Satoshi KARAKAMI
4th Official:Tsuyoshi OGURA

RECOMMENDED RELATED WEBSITES

So Good Sushi Restaurant in Nice France
Navigating Nagoya by Paige, Shop with Intent by Debbie, BULA KANA in Fiji, Kraemer’s Culinary blog by Frank Kraemer in New York,Tokyo Food File by Robbie Swinnerton, Green Tea Club by Satoshi Nihonyanagi in Shizuoka!, Mind Some by Tina in Taiwan, Le Manger by Camille Oger (French), The Indian Tourist, Masala Herb by Helene Dsouza in Goa, India, Mummy I Can Cook! by Shu Han in London, Pie
rre.Cuisine
, Francescannotwrite, My White Kitchen, Foodhoe, Chucks Eats, Things that Fizz & Stuff, Five Euro Food by Charles,Red Shallot Kitchen by Priscilla,With a Glass, Nami | Just One Cookbook, Peach Farm Studio, Clumsyfingers by Xethia, PepperBento, Hapabento, Kitchen Cow, Lunch In A Box, Susan at Arkonlite, Vegan Lunch Box; Tokyo Tom Baker, Daily Food Porn/Osaka, Only Nature Food Porn, Happy Little Bento, J-Mama’s Kitchen, Cook, Eat, Play, Repeat, Bento Lunch Blog (German), Adventures In Bento, Anna The Red’s Bento Factory, Ohayo Bento,

Must-see tasting websites:

-Sake: Ichi For The Michi by Rebekah Wilson-Lye in Tokyo, Tokyo Through The Drinking Glass, Tokyo Foodcast, Urban Sake, Sake World
-Wine: Palate To Pen, Warren Bobrow, Cellar Tours, Ancient Fire Wines Blog
-Beer: Another Pint, Please!, Beering In Good Mind: All about Craft Beer in Kansai by Nevitt Reagan!
ABRACADABREW, Magical Craftbeer from Japan
-Whisky: Nonjatta: All about whisky in Japan by Stefan Van Eycken
-Japanese Pottery to enjoy your favourite drinks: Yellin Yakimono Gallery

Non gastronomy must-see sites by Shizuoka Residents

HIGHOCTANE/HAIOKU by Nick Itoh in Shizuoka City