Pardon me. I’m so depressed today Japan lost to Paraguay.
WE WERE SO CLOSE. WE WERE SOOOOO CLOSE.
Seriously we could’ve won. Well done, Samurai Blue.
I’m so so so sad right now, but I guess… I can see them playing in Brazil. We’ll be back and we’ll be better.
My fav players = Kawashima, Matsui, Honda.
Thank you samurais.
Still cannot get rid of the excitement from the game. I have been a fan (and also a player)of this sport since the age of 6.
A few facts about Japanese football… It’s one of the biggest sports in Japan and we have our own domestic league. However, Asian football is not as high-leveled as Europe and Latin America. Once the salary attracted big players from all over the world, but after they cut out the funding, not so many players would pick to play in Japanese league.
Anyhow, we have not been really good at football.
This is the first time in 8 years for us to go into the 16s and the last time we were having home games (2002 Japan/Korea World Cup). This is also the 2nd time in our history to go into the 16s. 3 goals are the most goals we’ve won in a World Cup game.
So yeah, this is a pretty big thing for us. We are all incredibly happy and terrified. Not sure how far we get in the tournament, but as long as the team do their best, I will be content. Because they have already proven what they have got. They have already performed the best - esp in today’s game. Thank you, Samurai Blue.
(I have a personal grudge against Coach Okada - he led the World Cup team 12 years ago and he made a terrible mistake. However, I have to admit he has done a great work for this World Cup and I am thankful.)
Japan is a rich country. Their overall standard. America is a rich country, too. In average.
“Nooo! My family is not rich! I had to work because my parents only supported my tuition.” - Go fuck yourself, you’re wealthy enough.
Wealthy people tend to forget what is happening other side of the world. Or other side of your own country. Or probably even someone sitting next to you.
I am not a hypocrite. I have a fair experience to claim so. And yet I understand that I am still one of the blessed people on the planet.
I am not saying that all the people who are suffered from poverty should be supported. I have seen some people who are not trying enough or who have chosen to do so by themselves. But I also understand that some people are caught in a vicious circle and cannot get out of their tough life even if they want to. But still, I am not just saying that all of you should give away your money or stuff. Personally, I think you should do it based on a pure desire to want to help them - are you sure you are not feeling any superior to them? Are you sure you’re not doing that merely because of the guilty conscience?
Anyways - what I want wealthy people out there to do is to be aware. Before you complain, or before you do anything, THINK for a moment.
Throwing away food - how many lives can be saved by that food? You cannot deliver the food to them, but you should at least appreciate it and finish it by yourself (Good thing you can take it home if you’re in America. We cannot really do that in Japan, though).
Going to a sale and spend all the money your parents provided for clothes - Buy some books to put some knowledge into your empty brain.
Complaining about how your parents wouldn’t give you an allowance - Duh.
BUT, working outside of school in order to party and to shop whatever you want and end up skipping the classes? Seriously, get a life.
I have seen many of these kind of deeds in Japan and it saddened me every time. People should be aware of how much they are blessed.
I am not saying being wealthy is a bad thing. I am not saying these behaviors are bad (besides the last one). It is a good thing that your life is easy and you get things you need (Seriously).
But I just wanted everyone to be aware… Don’t think your life is a matter of course. You will regret throwing away the food today if you suddenly have nothing to eat tomorrow.
I realized I really hate attributing myself to the Japanese society, though I have no hostility against the language and history of my country. I don’t know why. I used to say I am proud of my own culture and history, but NO - history is okay but I don’t even like the culture. I mean, I know I totally act like Japanese sometimes, I adopt Japanese social norms and some of them are fine. But like.. UGH. I always get tired after talking to Japanese people unless they are my good friends. Seriously. I am so glad that I am out of that society.
When I’m talking to Japanese people I always protect myself with my identity of being “returnee”. At first I thought maybe my identity is flexible. Maybe I have dual-identity. But no. When I’m talking to non-Japanese… I still don’t like holding my identity as Japanese unless I’m being sarcastic about myself. I would treasure my identity as Asian, but not as Japanese.
At the same time I take advantage of my Japanese heritage occasionally. Like lots of people are interested in Japan and are friendly toward Japan. So sad that I myself hate that country though. Being a linguist, I’m always happy when someone’s asking me about Japanese language but not more than that. I mean I can tell them about Japan but I feel bitterness in my own speech, although I am not trying to teach them anything bad about the country. It’s good that they like something about Japan you know. It’s just me not liking the country.
I. HATE. JAPAN.