Japan's Emperor's Cup: a tournament fit for a king, or one in desperate need of change?
It should be the first, but it has become the second as this year's event stumbles on through December.
This is the 81st edition of the Japan Football Association's showpiece event, which began after the JFA received a trophy from their English counterparts to be played for annually.
But this is where the similarity between England's FA Cup and Japan's FA Cup ends.
The English version captivates the nation, and many others too around the world, with its shocks, its surprises and its romance.
The Japanese version?
Well, no one seems to care much, including the teams.
After qualifying competitions are held around the country, the cream from the various prefectures comes to the top for the first-round proper at the end of the long league season.
Like in England, the top club teams join the action in the third round, but then often face a university side.
This season, six of the 16 first division teams went out in the third round, and many observers felt they were not exactly disappointed to lose, as their Christmas and New Year holiday could begin early and the players could have a nice break before training resumes in mid-January for the start of next season.
Only one team from outside the two-division J.League reached the fourth round: Sagawa Express, a Tokyo-based parcel delivery service.
Their opponents in the last 16 were division two-bound Cerezo Osaka, so there was a decent chance of an amateur team reaching the last eight.
Was the nation gripped by the prospect?
Not at all. Only 2,042 fans turned up at the neutral venue of Toyota Stadium near Nagoya. This is another problem for the Emperor's Cup.
The schedule from the first round through to the final is drawn up before the tournament kicks off, and matches are played around the country to promote the game.
There is no random draw after each round, no crowding round the radio or TV to see who you've got next. Manchester United or Mansfield Town? Old Trafford or Field Mill?
Japan's system leads to strange situations, like the one two or three years back when the first Kawasaki derby between Verdy and Frontale was played at Kumamoto, at the other end of the country! (Coincidentally, these two teams met in this year's quarterfinals, and only 8,000 fans turned up at Tokyo Stadium, which holds 50,000.)
Or like this season's semifinals, when Urawa Reds will have home advantage in their Saitama stronghold against Cerezo.
The saving grace of the Emperor's Cup, however, is the final, which is played on New Year's Day. It is a great day in the Japanese sports calendar, but what proceeds it does not do justice to a tournament which needs reorganizing from top to bottom to inject much-needed interest and prestige.
After all, even the Emperor himself cannot attend the final because of his own New Year commitments at the Imperial Palace.