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Dan Orlowitz
Dan Orlowitz is a sports writer for the Japan Times, focusing primarily on the J. League, Samurai Blue, and everything there is to print about Japanese soccer. A Philadelphia native and graduate of Simon's Rock College, he moved to Japan at the end of 2006 and fell in love with the beautiful game from behind the FC Tokyo goal. His words, photos, voice, and occasionally visage have appeared online, in print, and over the airwaves for numerous outlets in several languages since 2011.
For Dan Orlowitz's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Sep 20, 2022
Kosuke Kimura expects tough fight between Japan and USMNT
The former Colorado Rapids defender, now an assistant coach with Major League Soccer's Nashville SC, hopes the Samurai Blue can learn from their opponents' optimism in Friday's friendly.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Sep 14, 2022
Haruna Takata to replace Kikuko Okajima as WE League chairperson
The former V-Varen Nagasaki president will take charge of Japan's professional women's soccer league just six months after joining the J. League's board of directors.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Sep 4, 2022
Yuto Horigome eager to maintain skateboarding's post-Tokyo momentum
The street superstar made a special appearance ahead of FC Tokyo's J. League first-division game against Yokohama F. Marinos on Saturday.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Aug 25, 2022
Urawa triumphs over Jeonbuk in shootout to reach ACL final
Ricardo Rodriguez's men will contend a continental final for the fourth time in the club's history after defeating their K-League rival over 120 thrilling minutes at Saitama Stadium.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Aug 22, 2022
Urawa advances to ACL semifinals; Vissel knocked out in extra time
Ricardo Rodriguez's men eased past Thailand's BG Pathum United to set up an East Zone semifinal showdown with fellow two-time ACL champions Jeonbuk Motors.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Aug 18, 2022
Vissel outlasts F. Marinos to advance to ACL quarterfinals
Takayuki Yoshida's relegation-threatened team looked confident against its J1-leading counterpart, holding back a strong second-half push to reach the next stage of East Zone knockouts.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Aug 16, 2022
WE League aims to build on first-season challenges
After a challenging debut season, Japan's professional women's soccer competition will return to action on Saturday with the first edition of the WE League Cup.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Jul 27, 2022
Urawa fans draw international attention with shot at PSG prices
A sarcastic banner held up before Saturday's friendly at Saitama Stadium highlighted the steep cost of tickets, even as the French champion's stars spent relatively little time on the pitch.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Jul 20, 2022
PSG opens Japan tour with win over stubborn Frontale
A star-packed side featuring Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar Jr. struggled against the reigning J. League champions but eventually found victory at a sold-out National Stadium.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
Jul 19, 2022
Yuzuru Hanyu confirms end to illustrious 12-year senior career
The figure skating legend has ended months of speculation over whether he would contest the upcoming ISU Grand Prix season and begin a quest for a potential fourth Winter Games berth.
Japan Times
MORE SPORTS
Jul 17, 2022
Olympic legend Kosuke Kitajima spearheads Tokyo pro sports movement
The four-time gold-medalist swimmer hopes his new initiative, Tokyo Unite, will boost the capital's international profile and enable its members to tackle pressing social issues.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jul 6, 2022
Failed ‘Captain Tsubasa’ NFT offers window into the risks of crypto
While Japan has not yet experienced a large NFT boom, some of the country's most famous pop culture staples have been appropriated for dubious 'Web3' products.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Jul 3, 2022
As Takefusa Kubo leaves, Mallorca doubles down on commitment to Japan
The Spanish first-division club is keen to build on its presence in Asia, dispatching one of its top executives and star players to Tokyo for a recent media tour.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / J. LEAGUE NOTEBOOK
Jun 17, 2022
J. League cautiously continues down road to normalcy with cheering tests
Over 2,000 combined fans at Kashima Soccer Stadium in Ibaraki Prefecture and Ajinomoto Stadium in the western Tokyo city of Chofu took part in cheering trials.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
Jun 7, 2022
Spirited defense against Brazil offers Japan hope for success in Qatar
Monday's narrow loss showed the Samurai Blue's back line can endure against some of the world's best players, even if the team is still looking for a reliable attacking spark.
Japan Times
SOCCER
Jun 6, 2022
Brazil narrowly beats Japan through late Neymar penalty
The Samurai Blue held out until the 77th minute, when the Paris Saint-Germain star stutter-stepped his way to the penalty spot before chipping the ball past Japan keeper Shuichi Gonda.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / J. LEAGUE NOTEBOOK
May 31, 2022
June international break a welcome relief for struggling J. League teams
Three clubs initially expected to vie for the title will be especially grateful for the chance to reboot their campaigns.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / From the Spot
May 20, 2022
J. League taking slow, cautious steps to reintroduce cheering at games
Fans at select games will once again be allowed to sing — in limited numbers — as part of a plan unveiled this week.
Japan Times
SOCCER / From the Spot
May 12, 2022
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou silences doubters with unexpected run to Scottish Premiership crown
The title comes as joyous relief for Celtic fans, but it's also the ultimate vindication for those who have backed Postecoglou from the start.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League / From the Spot
May 4, 2022
Friday night spectacle shows National Stadium's potential as FC Tokyo's home
The rebuilt National Stadium provided the kind of atmosphere that the J. League's biggest fixtures have often lacked.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on