J League soccer

J League soccer is the familiar name for the Japan Professional Football League and is the top professional association football in Japan.

The professional association football league, J.League was formed in 1992 and currently consists of a three-tier system with a total of 54 teams (18 teams in J1, 22 teams in J2 and 14 teams in J3).

The popularity of the teams varies from place to place, though some cities and prefectures have a very avid fan base.

In this Japanese learner's blog by Yuko Momoki, a Japanese teacher at JOI introduces one of the teams in the J League. Please read the blog and learn some Japanese phrases and vocabulary. The video also includes some of Momoki sensei's photographs and you can listen to fluent Japanese.

Ventforet Kofu









To listen to this blog, please watch our Youtube video. 





Ventforet Kofu

The Yamanashi prefecture based pro-soccer club, Ventforet Kofu is a small J League club that has no parent sponsoring company. For this local club to survive, it essential for them to do some regional contribution activities so they create opportunities for the players and staff to meet with the public which can lead one to think, “Really? Here??” The biggest surprise I had was at a convenience store near the stadium, rookie players were working the cash register! Apparently, it was part of their off-season internship work experience.

Ventforet Kofu's mascot characters are called Vent kun and Foret chan. They are in great demand for weekend events, and are so popular that Vent kun has is own original exercise routine. The chant in the song for the exercise routine goes like this, “Vent, vent, ventforet!!” and is as effective as a blow to the body, so that anyone who dances to it will definitely become a Ventforet fan.

This season there has been a change of managerial staff and various complicated twists and turns but I, as a Yamanashi prefecture citizen will make a great effort to support them. Go! Go! Ventforet!


母体(ぼたい)企業(きぎょう) umbrella organization, parent organaization

生(い)き残(のこ)る go、survive、endure、last、hold out、hold up、live on、live、survive、outlast

地域(ちいき)貢献(こうけん)活動(かつどう)regional contribution activity

必須(ひっす)imperative、compulsory、mandatory、required、essential、crucial、of the essence、essential、all-important、all important

レジ打(う)ち operation cash register

マスコットキャラ mascot character

ひっぱりだこ be very popular;be in great demand

体操(たいそう)physical exercise, gymnastic


ボディブロー body blow

波乱(はらん)含み(ぶくみ)accompanied with more or less violent fluctuations

応援(おうえん)support, aid, cheering


Konnichiwa everyone ! My name is Yuko Momoki and I live in Yamanashi prefecture which is famous for peaches and grapes and is the gateway to Mount Fuji. I have a lively family of 5, consisting of my husband, 2 sons, my mother and myself and we live in an environment surrounded by nature.

Up to now, I have taught Japanese to people from various countries and we have laughed together, worried together, gotten angry and at times spent time together that was often more intense and fun than the time spent with good friends.

When I think about how I will be able to spend the wonderful time that we have to share together...well my heart just pounds! I will try to make sure that we succeed in progressing your Japanese together, douzo yoroshiku onegaiitashimasu.

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