Hello good people! All is well down here at Bear Central. The Bears went through some tough times after Japan’s loss against Paraguay . They were so excited after the glorious win over Denmark that they were sure Japan was going to win the whole tournament! I tried to tell them not to get too excited, but having seen Bear #1 and Bear #2 on TV at the Japan/Cameroon game supporting the Japan team, they were certain of total and absolute victory. Japan played beautifully that day against Paraguay, but they couldn’t manage to score that critical goal.. We looked on with excitement and tension as the game went into penalty kicks. We half expected to see Bear #1 standing on the goal cross bar, waiting to drop down and try to stop any balls that got by Kawashima.. No, the Bears were most likely in the crowd (the VIP section of course), cheering like crazy for The Samurai Blue.
There is no need to recap what happened that day. We all know how it turned out.
After the game, we drank down an extra spicy Bloody Mary, packed up our disappointment, and left the bar. I have never seen these Bears so quiet. Even Monsieur Bear was disappointed. He had temporarily adopted Japan as his favorite team after France’s uneventful showing at the Cup. We walked slowly up the street towards the Conservatory of Music. The early morning commute was underway, and the cars seemed louder and more threatening than usual. The wind came blasting down Van Ness avenue, adding to our discomfort and further weakening our spirits. I wanted to go home and go back to bed, but I had to get some practice time in..
I played sad songs on the piano, while the Bears looked on with that blank look they sometimes get. I guess that’s the way things go sometimes. I feel a Bod Dylan quote would be appropriate here, but I can’t think of the right one…
The Bears chose the title for this post because they saw how sad Yuichi Komano was after the game was over. They had me get on the computer and send him a message through his soccer team’s website telling him they thought he was super awesome and to please not feel sad that he missed his kick. Bears know that sometimes bad luck just happens.
We all feel a lot better now that every other team in the Cup has lost as well (except for one of course).. Many of them were heartbreaking finishes for the fans (Ghana vs Uruguay comes to mind), so the Bears want to send their regards to all those fans who felt crummy when their team lost. They decided to take a picture with this beauuutiful Sunflower to post for all the Soccer fans who’s teams didn’t make it. They also want to congratulate Spain on their first ever World Cup victory. Congratulations Spain!
Some Happy News..
It’s not only tears of defeat around here. We also have some tears of joy as we welcome our new Bear friend Cowbear (short for cow-boy-bear)!
He is a cute and tiny little bear dressed in an ultra boss cow suit! He sailed across the ocean from Japan to San Francisco in his trusty origami boat!
Thank you to our good friend Mariane for helping him navigate his way to our home.
Also, we want to thank our awesome friend Boo in Osaka for sending us these cute bobble-head bear keychains. They dance really well and have a little ladybug on their kuma butt! I see potential for a dancing video in the future to showcase the dancing talent of these guys..
Kuma-san signing off for now. My posts may be less frequent for a month or so because I am preparing for an important recording session in August. Please send me good vibes so that it goes successfully!!