June 13, 2010
Anybody a soccer fan?
Soccer is very popular in Japan, especially among younger children who grew up watching the J-League (Japan's Professional Soccer League). From what I hear, our team just barely made it to World Cup 2010 and not very many people are expecting them to make it to the second level. But the news is still all about the World Cup and many fans are rooting for Japan!
And at our local supermarket, I found Zakumi, the world cup 2010 mascot!
"The name ‘Zakumi' is a composition of ‘ZA' standing for South Africa and ‘kumi', which translates into ‘10' in various languages across Africa." (FIFA.com)
Japan's uniform is usually blue because we are an island surrounded by the sea. This towel seems to be really popular. There were only a few left.
Tomorrow is our first game against Cameroon.
Gambare, Nippon! (Good luck, Japan!)