The month-long soccer World Cup began in Qatar, and the world watches in awe as Japan fans clean up their stadium after every match they play. I believe Qatar and the entire world have a lot to learn from the Japanese.
Japan’s fans showed that the best manners and traditions are ingrained, regardless of the circumstance, despite the importance of their victory over Germany, which could have led to them partying late into the night. The Japanese fans, including the team’s supporters group, Samurai Blue, stayed back to clean their section of the stadium and were praised for their impeccable behavior.
What Was the Purpose of the Stadium Cleanup?
In a press release published by BBC Sports, the Japanese World Cup fans were seen cleaning up after their own team’s 2-1 victory in their opening match against Germany. After the Blue Samurai team won, fans were told to wait before leaving the stadium so that cleanup crews could collect any trash that had been left behind. But when the crews arrived, they found that Japanese fans had already picked up after themselves, leaving their section of the stadium absolutely spotless.
It’s a continuation of a custom initiated by Blue Samurai fans at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, when they cleaned the stadium following a 3-2 defeat to Belgium.
According to Takao Teramoto, a Japanese football player and coach who currently resides in Australia, “the Japanese people are exceedingly courteous,” and the fans’ behavior is a reflection of Japan’s clean culture.
He claimed that regardless of the outcome of the match against Germany, “we would have acted in the same way.” The Japanese people, according to him, are taught the “value of courtesy” at a young age. Cleanliness and beauty are synonymous terms in Japanese culture. It could also imply that for the Japanese, striving for cleanliness is equivalent to aiming for aesthetic beauty.
How Often Do They Do This?
This is not the first time Japanese spectators at sporting events have been observed offering their own free cleanup service. Even though their team wasn’t even competing, Japan supporters were caught on camera picking up trash and abandoned flags at the tournament’s opening game in 2022. They do this regularly.
Through its football team, Japan is making a unique and positive impact on the environment in Qatar. Although it’s hard to say whether Japan will be able to go far in this World Cup, at least we know that they’ve set a good example. Fans of the “Blue Samurai” have been praised for their selfless acts. And they plan to continue their good habits of cleaning after themselves as they do even back at home, which is the sign of a well-mannered society.
This is an example of how fans from other countries could potentially clean up after matches and maybe it’ll even inspire some new converts. Japan has now been an example to all other countries in the 2022 world cup as they have shown they are one of the most respectful and most peaceful teams in the world. To learn more about Japan’s clean culture visit this website.