Yokohama Marinos claimed a measure of revenge for their J-League disappointment by beating Sanfrecce Hiroshima, the team that pipped them to the title, 2-0 Emperor's Cup final.
In our regular Sunday feature, FIFA.com presents you with some of the biggest names in football who will be celebrating their birthdays over the coming week.
From the famous series Captain Tsubasa to cameos in The Simpsons and Family Guy, cartoons and football have long had an intertwined relationship. FIFA.com investigates.
The Japanese national team are gearing up for their charity game in aid of providing support for the earthquake and tsunami stricken north-east of the country, with 12 players returning from Europe to do their bit.
Japan and Denmark have everything to play for in their Group E finale, with a winner assured of a trip to the Round of 16 and a loser having to settle for a trip home.
FIFA.com looks deep into the history of Japanese side Yokohama F Marinos, who have been ever-presents in and three-time kings of the J.League.