In the grand scale of the World Cup, this is story is small, almost forgettable, but definitely warrants mentioning for its simple, unexpected beauty.
According to reports, after a goalless draw to Greece on Thursday, June 19, 2014, Japanese supporters earned the respect and admiration of spectators around the world by doing something that is so intrinsically Japanese. The Samurai Blue supporters, armed with hundreds of plastic bags, cleaned up after themselves quietly leaving the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil in the same condition as they found it.
Even after a disappointing 4-1 loss to Colombia, and subsequent elimination from the 2014 World Cup, Japanese supporters continued this altruistic act that is so ingrained in its culture, and truly captures the Japanese spirit.
Japan may be out of the World Cup but arguably won the respect of world.
Jenson recommends: In the world’s greatest sporting event, never forget that it is often times the stories that are rarely told that are the most powerful.