I wanted to amplify this event, from the Japan-America Society:
“Please join us as we celebrate together, creating a Sugita-senshu Cheer Section…
…to support Japanese international soccer star Hina Sugita as she plays for the Portland Thorns. We’re creating a Cheer Section for the home game at Providence Park on Friday May 13th, kick-off 7pm against the OL Reign (Seattle!).”
(FYI, “senshu” means “player”, so it replaces the honorific “-san” for a sports icon like Sugita…)
I purely love the idea of a real Nadeshiko-league fan section hammering the taiko drum for our new midfielder.
(Which leads me back to an old lede; we need player songs. C’mon, capos! You know that you are responsible for getting the songs going – nobody in the stands can start a song with you in front. So YOU have to take the initiative and come up with some player songs. Why don’t we have a quick, memorable Sinclair song? A Menges song? A Smith song? (surely there must be a tune by the Smiths you can use..!)
And now a Sugita song? Ohhellyes! Already got an idea – adapt the old cherry blossom song “Sakura”; “Sugita! Sugita! Kicks your ass like Gojira!” Tell me you don’t already love it! The Wasaeda University Cheer Squad says “Hai! HAI!! HAI!!!)
(And I’d pay a premium to see this in the North End. That’s the Wasaeda University Cheer Squad and that’s made of 100% awesome…)
I’ve already got my ticket, and I might even have to drag out my old kendo tenegui to fold down into a hakimachi and get into the right ganbare! spirit.
After just a handful of matches I already adore this player, so I couldn’t resist amping up the opportunity for her to hear her fans cheer her in traditional Nadeshiko ultra style.
So いらっしゃいませ！C’mon on in and join the Sugita-ōendan!