KO MATSUBARA A young man with an ambition!

Ko Matsubara, born on August 30th 1996, is still a very young (almost 22 years of age) Shimizu S-Pulse player but is already an established member/senior member who has started in most matches so far this year.
He is also a Shizuoka prefecture home-grown player who was playing for the Jubilo JR Iwata Youth team when attending Hamamatsu Kaiseikan High School in Hamamatsu City.
He first appeared for Shimizu S-Pulse in 2015 and has already been selected 3 times for the J League Under-22.
Originally an attacker, he is very versatile player who converted to a dangerous attacking left back constantly taking part in counters apart of being a very effective defender.

Question: Ko, would you care describing yourself?
-Ko Matsubara: I am still young and not very talkative. I still have to learn before expressing myself at ease. One thing is sure: I do not like to lose and may have to control my temper on the pitch.
Off the pitch I concentrate on my interests and am a quiet person.

Q: How often do you go back to your birthplace in Hamamatsu and do you still visit your schools?
K M: I do go back home when on holidays, which means basically only during the off season. I do pay a visit at least once a year to my schools to keep the links with my youth and help out.

Q: What are your hobbies apart of soccer/football?
K M: Computer games, definitely. I play them on my smart phone and easily get lost into them. Recently, after an acquaintance offered me some, I taken a liking to reading books. Being a professional sportsman I do have to take a lot of rest in between exercise, games and physical care, so these hobbies are easy to enjoy.

Q: What fashion do you follow?
K M: Formal or casual, depending on the occasion. I prefer slacks and shirts of the latest fashion. I must admit I do spend quite a big amount of money on clothes as I enjoy being well-dressed. You could say this is another one of my hobbies!

Q: What food do you particularly enjoy?
K M: Sushi and seafood, especially raw seafood! I am always on a look out for a new restaurant, so I would be grateful if you could introduce me to one! Because I have to take care of my physical condition I have started to appreciate vegetables. I have recently developed a special liking for broccoli!

Q: What is your ambition as a soccer/football player?
K M: As high and as far as possible! I know I still have my future ahead of me, but I would like very much to play abroad although that might imply quite an amount of dedication and learning. Naturally, my dream would be to play for the National Japan Eleven!

Q: Dear Ko, thank you so much for sparing your time and I wish you all the best! And who knows, I might have to interview you for a bigger reason one day!
K M: You are most welcome!


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
, 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

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