And we're back!
Wednesday night sees the welcome return of J.League action with Omiya Ardija visiting a sweaty Todoroki Stadium.
Not only will fans get to see what progress the stay-at-home members of the team have made during their mid-season training camp, it will also be an emotional farewell to two fine servants of the club - Eiji Kawashima and Chong Tese.
Eiji is heading for the bright lights of the Belgian top flight with newly-promoted Lierse SK. While Tese will be testing his mettle in the German 2nd division with recently-relegated VfL Bochum. Good luck to them both - they will be missed.
No news of any replacements, but judging by Riki Sugiyama's assured performances in goal last season, I'd say a new striker would be the higher priority (after all, who knows what state Juninho will be in after 6 months on the sidelines?). As well as maybe a defender...or two.
Here's the team I hope to see starting against Omiya (assuming Mori is serving his suspension and the rest are all match-fit):
IGAWA, KIKUCHI, ITO, KOMIYAMA
INAMOTO, TANIGUCHI, KENGO