Hi my name is Arthur Yanagisawa. I joined the ア式蹴球部from the end of September, so roughly two months ago. Because I joined half-way through the season, I didn’t really get a chance to properly introduce myself so I will use this opportunity to do so.
I was born in New Zealand to Japanese parents and spent my whole life up until now living there. In September this year, I moved here to Japan to study at The University of Tokyo to study in the PEAK program which is taught entirely in English. People often ask me whether my English or Japanese is better: my English is probably twice as good as my Japanese!
My time at ア式 so far has been really great and enjoyable, but there have been a number of points which I have found completely different to New Zealand.
-The amount of training here really surprised me at first and took me a bit of time at first to get used to. Back in New Zealand, training three times a week plus a game on the weekend was normal. Training/Games 6 times a week would be unthinkable in New Zealand.
-Because everyone is smaller here, it is much less physical and there aren’t that many teams that play long-ball football. To make up for the lack of size, the game here is much more technical and tactical than in New Zealand.
-I think it is really good that the students pretty much control the running of the club and everyone has a role to play not just on the pitch but off it as well. In New Zealand, the coaches would organise everything and the players would just turn up to play.
Overall, I am really enjoying my time in Japan and hope to keep up my studies and football for the next 4 years. よろしくお願いします。