The fans of the Japanese Football team won hearts all over the world after a video of them cleaning out the stadium after their team’s match went viral.
Usually, after any match takes place in a a stadium, tonnes of garbage is left by the fans as they leave. However, fans of the Japanese team made sure not to leave anything behind after their side won the match against Colombia with a score of 2-1 and secured their first-ever win against a South American football team.
Holding up large rubbish bags, the fans went all around the stadium to clean it and leave it the way it was when they entered the 44,000-seat Mordovia Arena.
Japan made history as 1st Asian team to defeat a S. American team in #WorldCup. But what happened after is just as impressive. A friend sent me this video of Japanese fans cleaning the stadium after the game. They actually brought the blue trash bags with them. Class act. #COLJAP pic.twitter.com/uPL7XyxD8g
— J.R. (@JRHDZV) June 19, 2018
Scott McIntyre, a Japan-based journalist, told BBC news that it was a part of the culture of the ‘Samurai Blue’ supporters – and Japanese people in general – that they keep their spaces clean. He explained, “It’s not just part of the football culture but part of Japanese culture. You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture. An important aspect of Japanese society is making sure that everything is absolutely clean and that’s the case in all sporting events and certainly also in football.”
This is my favourite moment of the World Cup so far; Japan fans picking up litter after their victory vs Columbia. The lessons in life we can take from the game. Why I support ?? #class✅#respect✅#WorldCup pic.twitter.com/FyYLhAGDbi
— Christopher McKaig (@Coachmckaig) June 19, 2018
Japan fans tidy up stadium following win over Colombia to cement reputation as best guests.
Japan showed once again why they have the best fans at the World Cup after they stayed behind to CLEAN up the stadium following their win against Colombia. #worldcup#WorldCup2018 pic.twitter.com/tWv6fVMctf
— ᵈᵉʷᵃ ᵏˡᵃˢᶤᵏ ᵃˡᵉˣᵃᶰᵈᵉʳ (@Dewa_Klasik) June 20, 2018
Scott North, a sociology professor at the Osaka University, also said, “Cleaning up after football matches is an extension of basic behaviors that are taught in school, where the children clean their school classrooms and hallways. With constant reminders throughout childhood, these behaviors become habits for much of the population.”
He also said, “In addition to their heightened consciousness of the need to be clean and to recycle, cleaning up at events like the World Cup is a way Japanese fans demonstrate pride in their way of life and share it with the rest of us.”
Japanese supporters were not the only ones to do this kind and thoughtful deed. Senegal fans have also been cleaning out the stadiums at this year’s World Cup, following the footsteps of the Japanese.
After Senegal football team beat Poland by 2-1 on Tuesday, their supporters also picked up the trash and food bags around their seating area at the Spartak Stadium.
Senegal fans cleaning their section, class ❤️ pic.twitter.com/cxJo0NpNEH
— infosmessi (@INFOSMESSl) June 19, 2018
Japan and Senegal will be facing each other in their group stage fixture on Sunday, and people would love to see their fans working together to make the Earth a better place to live in.