Eiji Kawashima, my yakuza boyfriend, is in the Persian Gulf this week. He's with Japan's national squad preparing for the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011. Qatar, the small Arab emirate situated on the east side of Saudia Arabia, will host the major football event from January 7-29, 2011. Japan's Samurai Blue team and South Korea's Red Devils are front runners for this year's Asian Cup.
Kawashima photo by Karim Jaafar. Team photo by Tara Todras-Whitehill.