-･- From My Everyday Life to Japanese Culture -･- Why don't you see the real Japan, not the typical foreigners' version.
Japan defeated Denmark and advanced to the final 16 at the 2010 World Cup this morning.
I have decided to trust the Japanese national soccer team and give them a long look since I saw a game on October 11, 1997 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The game made a watershed in the World Cup Asian qualifiers. The team made it a draw, and that had led to our first appearance in the 1988 World Cup in France.
At the time, the team struggled to qualify and faced a crisis situation that a coach was removed. A new coach who was unexpectedly promoted from a coaching staff position was in charge of the game.
That was Takeshi Okada(岡田 武史), current Japan's coach.
I was really excited about the first appearance, but a Danish acquaintance said snidely that the Japanese team would never win in the World Cup.
I told him, in silent exasperation, that we would beat your team within ten years.
It took a few extra years, but we did it!
I wonder if he saw the today’s game.
I hope he did.