The Real World Cup Winners

In the grand scale of the World Cup, this is story is small, almost forgettable, but definitely warrants mentioning for its simple, unexpected beauty.

A young Japanese boy cleans up after Japan's draw to Greece on Thursday, June 19, 2014. (Source: Dailymail.co.uk)

A young Japanese boy cleans up after Japan’s draw to Greece on Thursday, June 19, 2014. (Source: Dailymail.co.uk)

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.

Japanese supporters waving blue plastic bags as they support the Samurai Blue. (Source: Dailymail.co.uk)

Japanese supporters waving blue plastic bags as they support the Samurai Blue. (Source: Dailymail.co.uk)

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.

A Japanese supporter cleans up the stadium he used. (Source: NBC News)

A Japanese supporter cleans up the stadium he used. (Source: NBC News)

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.

 

– Jenson

 

 

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One Response to The Real World Cup Winners

  1. arriacross says:

    Not very surprising. I hope the fans of the other countries follow Japan’s example.

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