Mitubishi Mizushima FC 2006

After playing for Albirex Niigata , Arata returned to his motherland Japan and began to play for Mitubishi Mizushima FC, a 3rd division club of the Japanese football league which in some sense was a humbling experience. He found more motivation to pursue his passion. Apart from playing for the club, he also worked as a Toso (someone who paints car) for 12 hours a day at the Mitsubishi car factory. He would start his day at 5am and finish by 6pm in the evening, followed by a 2 hour football practice. Working, paying bills, travelling, playing matches on weekends and again getting back to work, all this continued for 8 months. It was a tough time but his belief that tough times prepare us for the bigger challenges worked in his favour.