At the beginning of 1996, a group of gaijin including myself started the RVC football club. RVC stands for "Russian Vodka Ceremony," the Russian counterpart of the Japanese Tea Ceremony that some of the co-founders, the two Russian friends Oleg and Oleg, used to practice and teach us. In all of these years, we have been enjoying playing soccer almost every Sunday afternoon (at the NIRE pitch, on Nishi Odori). Sometimes we play among ourselves, and when we have time we organize games with other teams, in this case followed by barbecues and the RVC.
The team, however does not belong to any league, although many of us play separately in the Tsukuba league on various teams on Saturdays. So, since people in Tsukuba have changed, perhaps most people do not know about this, I wanted to invite everyone who wants to play soccer and have fun. Recently we are not so many, but I hope that some of you can join so we can play again on the full-pitch. There is, of course, no discrimination: Japanese/gaijin, woman/man, skilled/unskilled. The only thing that is important is good sense of humor and willingness to enjoy soccer.
So, send me an E-mail and I can send you the information where to play (even starting from next Sunday). I do not think that I should send a weekly message to the TAIRA list about our soccer activity to avoid sending unnecessary messages to people that do not have interest in soccer. Instead, for those who are interested, I'll send a weekly message to inform about our weekly activity (schedule, place, etc).
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