After the Sakka series in my blog, my brother realized how much football had become part of pop culture. So here is the afterword on the subject (If you haven’t already read the Sakka series, do so now!).
The other day, I was browsing through the Kinokuniya book store (the Japanese book store outside Bryant Park in NYC) and I realized something. There was actually a whole section dedicated to football manga. This struck me as very odd. Football is not the most popular sport in Japan or in the United States for that matter. While an all football manga section in Japan wouldn’t be out of place, a similar arrangement in the US was surprising. Football is definitely well below all the popular American sports in the popularity charts. What struck me as even odder was the fact that there was no manga section dedicated to baseball or any other American sport. Perhaps this is an example of football & pop culture inspired globalization at its best. Continue reading