The World Cup has finally arrived! And Qatar has big plans for the World Cup this time. The opening ceremony featured artists such as Jungkook and Qatari singers such as Dana and Fahad Al-Kubaisi, a speech by Morgan Freeman and 20-year-old Qatari influencer Ghanim al Muftah. Despite the luck of the hosts, Qatar lost their first match against Ecuador.
Japanese players and fans at the World Cup
The international crowd at the stadium also included the Japanese, who had made a name for themselves even before Japan appeared on the pitch. After the first game between Ecuador and Qatar, Japanese fans stayed to clean the stadium. Omar Farooq, a filmmaker from Bahrain, was present at the stadium for the event and recorded the scene to later post on his Instagram.
In a video he uploaded to Instagram, Farooq admires the crowds and their willingness to clear the alleys, carry garbage bags and keep everything clean. The Japanese from an early age are taught to take care of their surroundings and clean up before leaving. This is customary practice and is a sign of respect. It is a tradition that is carried on in every country.
“Someone reassure me that this is not normal. The Japanese fans decided to wash the stadium. It’s not even their game,” Farooq exclaimed in a video that went viral. “When I asked a Japanese man, ‘Why would you want to clean something that is not connected to you? The answer was that the Japanese don’t leave garbage behind. We respect the environment. ‘
When she asks people why they do it, the woman replies, “We never leave; The Japanese never leave garbage. We respect this place.” Another man told him they weren’t doing it for the cameras and fame.
This is not the only time Japanese fans have demonstrated their commitment to cleaning up during the World Cup. After a painful defeat against Belgium in the 16th and final round of 2018 World Cupthey made sure the arena was clean and tidy as they had been doing throughout the tournament.
“Cleaning up after football matches is an extension of the basic habits taught in the classroom where children are taught to take care of cleaning their rooms and hallways.” Scott North, a sociology professor at Osaka University, told the BBC at the time. “Thanks to constant reminders throughout childhood, these behaviors are ingrained in most people.”
Even the players kept their locker room clean, tidy and tidy.
The World Cup is a platform where a country can showcase its football skills and the public can represent their culture and put their beliefs in the spotlight. So for the 2022 World Cup, expect these players to continue their cleaning routine.
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