We must play if we want to, but maybe we shouldn’t have?

To be fair to everyone, why someone in the Rugby Union hierarchy thought it was a good idea to arrange a tournament in Japan while they are in the middle of their typhoon season, I have no idea, but they did. It meant that all games yesterday were wiped out by the weather, or more strictly, by Typhoon Hagibis sweeping through the country, sadly with some loss of life, and all games planned for yesterday were cancelled, declared as 0-0 draws, and in truth, beyond the 0.001% chance of Italy beating New Zealand, it had zero effect on the teams who would make the play offs, though it might have changed who out of England, and France won their group, but beyond that…

The thing was, today, Scotland were due to play Japan in the last group match of the tournament, with the winner progressing to the quarter finals, the losers going home. Thing is, if like yesterday’s games, and one meaningless game today, this game was cancelled, then the host country would qualify, and Scotland would be headed home. So, given Scotland expected to win, they made all sorted of complaints about the situation, and efforts were made to move the game, so it was actual played.

The irony was, Japan played like an inspired country, they probably were, and at one point were winning by 28-7, and leaving Scotland looking a bit embarrassed, to put it mildly. They did eventually get the score back to 28-21, but because of the complex bonus points system, they would have needed to have won by more than 7 points to have qualified, anyway.  To be honest, I know they have home advantage, but Japan have ended up beating 2 countries (the other being Ireland) ranked above them, which is quite an achievement, and deserve to qualify, in truth.

But yes, the thing that amuses me the most, if Scotland had accepted the situation, they could have come home looking like the unlucky side of the tournament, whereas now…

OK, the video, well, yesterday at least, was spent as a Safety day for the teams involved in the tournament, so…

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Should have stayed home yesterday?

Well, if I mention this is the 77th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour, and the video relates to the climax of said event, you might have worked out what it is already?

No, I’m not going to bore you, or otherwise by going through the events of that fateful day, I could only copy large chunks of Wikipedia and the like if I did that anyway. So yes, if you want that, go visit Wikipedia. What I’m going to tell you is a side story to the event, which I only know about thanks to ESPN.

In those days, when the college football regular season ended, that was pretty much it, get on with the awards, and wait for the next season. There were a few bowls of history, like the Rose Bowl, but nothing like the 39 we are having this year! Part of that was down to the fact that whereas now, a team from California can get to the East Coast in a few hours, back then you were talking several days, by train!

So, in those days, the selection of, and awarding of the Heisman Trophy, to the best player of the year wasnt some massively hyped TV event, because most people didnt have TV! So, by the beginning of December 1941, it was already announced that the winner of said award was Bruce Smith, a running back from Minnesota. Therefore on the 5th December 1941, he set out for New York, to receive the award, 2 days later. He had his acceptance speech prepared before he reached New York, on the morning of the 7th December, when he heard the news about Pearl Harbour, and the inevitability that the US was going to war with Japan.

So basically, the speech got a total rewrite, and was squeezed into a radio presentation on the 9th December, shortly before Roosevelt made it official, that America was now at war with Japan. The rest, as they say, for the next 4 years or so, is written in history. Bruce Smith clearly was one of the fortunate ones who survived the war, given that the short documentary included his 2 sons. Sadly, many millions didnt, on all sides.

Of course, this war ended with a first. Not necessarily a good first, but a first, all the same. Yes, thats right, the 2 nuclear warheads dropped on Hiroshima, and Nagasaki, that finally forced Japan into surrender.

Smith finally did get to play in the NFL after the war, for Green Bay, and the Los Angeles Rams, but much of his career was lost to the war. Also sadly, he didnt have a long life, dying at the age of 47 from cancer, in the days long before all the modern treatments for that ghastly disease.

So yes, on this day, let us remember all those brave people that died at Pearl Harbour on that fateful day, in the war that followed, but lets also remember the guy whose life was changed while travelling on a train.

OK, the video is the one I hope you’ve worked out. A live version from 2016, rather than the regular video, which I’ve probably used before

The perfect job for me?

Firstly I have to say that I didnt find the details about this place, my friend Eden did, and I’m sure but for her, tonights blog would have been far more boring!

It seems that in Tokyo, there is something called the Robot restaurant, and the cabaret is what sounds like a crazy show involving girls, Godzilla, dinosaurs and of course, robots! My very basic searching doesnt tell me if these are real robots, people dressed up as robots, or people transformed (temporarily or otherwise) into robots. Anywhere but Japan, and I would say it wasnt the latter, but this is Japan, so who knows? My money is on people dressed as robots, but as a job, yes, I’d love that! Website address? http://www.shinjuku-robot.com/pc/

There are times when I wish that Japan wasnt so far away, and so expensive, but it is both, so I’m not likely to visit, without a special offer, but I’d probably love it. In truth, Japan seems to have so many strange things going on over there, that I’d probably love to stay there. One of those capsule hotel rooms would be perfection for me!

I dont get the whole anime thing, but thats probably my age. 30-40 years younger, and I’d probably be hooked. But if you’re looking for a country to visit for a robot wannabee, who loves train travel, then yes, it could be fun!

Lets be honest, about 25 years from now, we probably will have restaurants genuinely run by robots, especially in the Far East! But for now, if the outfits are robot enough, hmm, where do I send my CV? 😉 Seems they are looking for staff, shame I dont speak a word of Japanese! Maybe they can program me, just like a robot? 😀

Video time. This is one of those videos that is so perfectly Japanese, that I’ve used it before, a while back. No, Kirsten Dunst will win no singing awards, but this is so much fun, and so sums up the Japanese lifestyle that I love it, even if I shouldnt!

Turning Japanese?

Every so often, I take blog inspiration from a story I’ve read, and this is going to be one of them. Partly because I cant think of anything special for tonight, but also because this is such a fun idea, its worthy of mention, anyway. Yes, fine, you’re going to get a story plug again next weekend, but that will be for mine! So get your money ready, lol…

I’ve actually publicized this author before, for his brilliant Bimbo, or Billionaire series, but since then he has come up with another mind controlling enterprise, this one from Japan, called OTTII. Yes, fine, if they want to make me a job offer, I’d be thrilled, but…this is the latest, and the reason for this blog,

http://192.155.80.152/NineteenthHole/index.html

I should say, poor Mikayla, but as you can guess, I’m not likely to do so! Sadly, my golfing skills (even when I was much younger) werent at this level, and nowadays, I’m sure they’d be even worse, havent played in years, and joints have stiffened up somewhat since then too. But fine, as a younger girl, I was about a 12 handicap at one point, none too shabby! But yes, that was nearly 40 years ago, so…yeah, be more like 112 nowadays lol!

I guess that turning Japanese, quite literally, would be quite an interesting experience. Not my first pick, even excluding the obvious robot, and Harlow ones, I think Inuit would be my choice, if I had any say so. I know, its cold up there, but it appeals, so…

I dont want to say too much, in case you want to go read it, but yes, I wonder what it would be like if you realized you were actually changing like that? Oh fine, shut your eyes, or go read it before you go on, but no she doesnt realize its happening until too late. Indeed, by then, she doesnt realize she wasnt Japanese, but anyway…

Irony is, anywhere else in the world, I’d say that OTTII is impossible, but this is Japan, so…? Pretty sure it is fiction, even there! But fine, if someone wants to turn me Inuit, or Japanese, then make me an offer lol! Japan, I’d probably end up as a robot anyway!

Right, the video, a choice tonight, or you can go for both? The original, I cant find my favorite video for, so I’ll settle for this TV performance

But fine, much as I love that, I simply adore the cute, very Japanese take on it, from Kirsten Dunst!