An ever-expanding hotbed for Japanese talent, the Bundesliga has once again witnessed a number of top-drawer individual displays from some of its Far Eastern imports in 2015/16.
With a third of the season already crossed off the calendar, bundesliga.com takes a closer look at the performances of five big names hailing from the Land of the Rising Sun...
Shinji Kagawa's salmon-like leap to open the scoring in Borussia Dortmund's unforgettable 3-2 win over local rivals FC Schalke 04 in Matchday 12's Revierderby embodies the pint-sized midfielder's notable efforts of late. The 26-year-old has started all 12 of second-placed BVB's Bundesliga fixtures so far this term, scoring three and weighing in with six assists - three of which came in the 5-1 rout of FC Augsburg on Matchday 10.
1. FSV Mainz 05 fans have a new hero in the form of Yoshinori Muto. After notching a brace in less time than any of his Japanese predecessors against Hannover 96 on Matchday 3, the 23-year-old forward went one better on Matchday 11, completing his maiden Bundesliga hat-trick with virtually the last kick of the game in a barnstorming 3-3 draw at Augsburg's WWK Arena. The conscientious former FC Tokyo man, who added to his tally in the 3-1 defeat to SV Werder Bremen, also has four assists.
Hannover 96's Hiroshi Kiyotake is back to his best after missing the start of the season due to a metatarsal break. Thriving as the fulcrum of the Reds' attack, the fit-again playmaker has been integral to his side's recent mini revival, scoring in the 1-1 draw with VfL Wolfsburg and teeing up Salif Sane for the only goal of the game at home to Bremen a week later on Matchday 8 - Hannover's first win of the campaign. He saved his best performance yet for the northern derby at Hamburger SV's Volksparkstadion, however, his goal and assist wrapping up a priceless 2-1 victory.
Makoto Hasebe's versatility has proved a real blessing for Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Armin Veh. Although a holding player by trade, the 31-year-old Japan captain has filled in on the right-hand side of midfield and, in his last three outings, at right-back. His leadership qualities, positioning and no-nonsense approach have served the Eagles' back four undeniably well, with the Hessen club unbeaten in their last three - a run of form which includes a commendable goalless draw with league leaders FC Bayern München.
Although he has not found the net since Matchday 1, Yuya Osako is clearly held in high regard by 1. FC Köln head coach Peter Stöger. The 25-year-old forward missed out through injury on Matchdays 2 and 3, but has featured in every game since, his clever dummy runs and work rate acting as the perfect foil for Billy Goats' leading scorer Anthony Modeste and sufficiently papering over his ongoing misfortunes in front of goal.