Friday, 04 December 2020

Pursa-kun and Kotono

The mascot of Kyoto Purple Sanga is a mythical bird often associated with emperors in ancient China and Japan, known as "the immortal (or "undying") bird". In English this tends to be interpreted as a Phoenix -- a legendary mythological bird that rises from its own ashes. However, Yokohama FC already have a claim on that symbol, so it is hard to say whether it is an accurate identification. You can callĀ it The Purple Bird. . . . unless youre from Philadelphia, in which case you can call it "The Poypal Boyd"

Pursa receivedĀ a girlfriend in the early 00's, whose name is Kotono. The term is taken from a Japanese stringed instrument -- the Koto -- which all imperial princesses (and geisha) were expected to learn how to play. How that relates to football is a bit difficult to determine, but at least Kyoto now has mascots for both genders.


Kyoto Purple Sanga -- Team Uniforms (1995-present)

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1995 (H) 1996 (H) 97-98 (H) 97-98 (A) 1999 (H) 1999 (A)
2000 (H) 2000 (A) 2001 (H) 2001 (A) 2002 (H) 2002 (A)
2003 (H) 2003 (A) 2004 (H) 2004 (A) 2005 (H) 2005 (A)
2006 (H) 2006 (A) 2007 (H) 2007 (A) 2008 (H) 2008 (A)
2009 (H) 2009 (A) 2010 (H) 2010 (A) 2011 (H) 2011 (A)
2012 (H) 2012 (A) 2013 (H) 2013 (A) 2014 (H) 2014 (A)
2015 (H) 2015 (A) 2016 (H) 2016 (A) 2017 (H) 2017 (A)
2018 (H) 2018 (A) 2019 (H) 2019 (A) 2020 (H) 2020 (A)