Jaja Santiago and husband Taka Minowa.

Jaja Santiago and husband Taka Minowa. –JAJA SANTIAGO INSTAGRAM

MANILA, Philippines —  They might be dwelling hundreds of miles aside, however Nxled Japanese coach Taka Minowa and volleyball participant Jaja Santiago are discovering all types of the way to make their long-distance relationship somewhat bit simpler.

From getting a canine to fixed calls, the volleyball couple is embracing their lives away from one another with Minowa plying his commerce as a Premier Volleyball League (PVL) coach in Manila and Santiago shining as an import in Japan V.League, her husband’s residence nation.

Minowa shared that Santiago lately gifted him a canine, whom they named Ahava–which implies love–and the brand new pet has helped the 32-year-old coach discover consolation whereas away from his hometown and spouse.

“Now, I’ve a canine. Jaja purchased me a canine. And I’m very completely satisfied to see it. I spent my previous time with the canine,” Minowa instructed Inquirer Sports activities after main Nxled to its first franchise profitable streak within the second PVL All-Filipino Convention on Thursday at FilOil EcoOil Centre.

Minowa and Jaja met when the previous was an assistant coach for Saitama Ageo Medics, Santiago’s first group within the Japan league.

Jaja Santiago JT Marvelous V.League

Jaja Santiago. Photograph from JT Marvelous

It’s solely pure that their conversations typically focus on volleyball, however in addition they typically speak about one another cultures with Santiago enjoying her sixth season in Japan with a brand new group and Minowa nonetheless getting used to the being within the Philippines as a first-time coach right here.

“After [our] observe and likewise Jaja’s observe, we all the time name one another by FaceTime. We’re all the time speaking. Typically when she’s sleeping, I’m already working however we all the time have a connection. When she all the time asks a query. I’ll reply it and likewise I’ve plenty of questions as a result of I don’t know the Filipino tradition. I’m all the time asking her,” Minowa stated.

Minowa, a training workers of the Japanese girls’s volleyball group, stated that Santiago is respectful and simple to get alongside–simply few of the numerous explanation why he fell for the Filipino center blocker.

“As a participant, she all the time respects the teaching workers and teammates. That’s why any group in Japan she’s having a great time. She’s a quick learner, too,” he stated.

Dwelling away from residence

Nxled coach Taka Minowa in the PVL All-Filipino Conference.

Nxled coach Taka Minowa within the PVL All-Filipino Convention. –MARLO CUETO/INQUORER.web

A month after dwelling in Manila, Minowa is already getting used to the Filipino tradition. He shared that he has already realized to cook dinner sinigang–a Filipino meals staple.

It additionally helps that Minowa has household right here together with Jaja’s.

“I already know how one can cook dinner sinigang. Sinigang, nilaga, and monggo are my favourite meals right here,” he stated. “I’ve a household right here, too. I don’t really feel that I’m a foreigner right here as a result of  I can meet some household and they’re all the time serving to me. That’s why I felt that that is really my residence nation.”

Except for the Filipino tradition, the Japanese tactician enjoys the competitors within the PVL.

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“I believe you will have a great potential greater than Japan. You’ve gotten highly effective attackers and taller gamers and they’re excellent. It’s good to see the gamers within the PVL,” Minowa stated.

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