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I am still rather bummed about the outcome of the Brazil vs. France match, but I am really proud of my home team - they fought hard and well. :) Good luck next World Cup, Brazil.
Mariana and I have been talking a little more than often over the phone, also. I think she wants to look into possibly coming to stay in Japan for university. She says that she doesn't like having this distance, anymore, and she would like to improve her Japanese. And she says she misses you, Marui.
It is quite a little early for the soccer season, but I have recieved a couple phone calls from parents of the children I coached (and from quite a few of the kids, too), and apparently they are feeling a little impatient about starting up once again. I am going to check with the rec center, but I think it should be possible to have a summer league as long as there are people interested. Apparently, some of the families have also been checking out the tennis tournaments Marui and I have been playing in. I have recieved quite a few "congratulations" from them and have been told to pass them along.[ooc: cut viewable to Bunta.]