Women's World Cup Final

Posted by Zotta Rendevouz

While Japan is ready for his first appearance in the final of the Women's World Cup in Germany, fans at home about to stay up all night to cheer the national team. In Kabukicho, one of Tokyo's entertainment districts most sang, fans were already filling the bars and pubs for several hours before the fight that started around 3:30 Japan time. Some fans expected Nadeshiko Japan, while the team is known to disrupt the United States and raise the spirits in a country still reeling from numerous disasters that struck in March.

"I am truly sorry for America, but we will win tonight," said Ryo Takaya, 24, who was visiting his hometown of Sendai when the earthquake struck. "It will be a historic moment."

Sports and politics are different, Takaya said, when he asked the United States, Japan, the game opponent, but also his close ally. Takaya was wearing a blue shirt worn by the national team and was a half-dozen of his teammates in the team that plays football club. They drank beer and cocktails at the British pub, which hosted a special game party.

Takaya friend, Hideki Sakurai, 22, Gunma Prefecture, said the success of the Japanese team had helped raise morale in the country. When asked how he pulled out his cell phone and displays a text message she received from her mother, who is not particularly interested in sports. The note said: "You should take a nap because you have to watch the final game."

A short walk from Shibuya train station, a neighborhood popular with young people, some fans were spotted wearing the blue jerseys of the team on the road. Many of the Japanese pubs had signs outside their doors advertising "Nadeshiko specials" to attract customers. Some of the restaurants planned to stay open late.

M-SPO, a popular sports bar, the manager, Yoshinori Akiyama, expecting a full house of 220 customers. All seats are reserved and exhausted. It closed darts for the night so he can add a TV extra-large for viewers to see the action. The volume was typical of the size of the Akiyama generally prefer games of men's World Cup.

"I expect the U.S. to win 2-0, but I really hope Japan will do everything possible, especially workers who have played for the team of TEPCO and players who have suffered from the disaster," Akiyama said, it was the Japanese team crest painted on his cheek.

Shuji Nishikawa, 37, was visiting Tokyo on business of Yamada-cho Iwate Prefecture, which has been hit hard by the tsunami. He was looking for a sports bar, as it turned away from M-SPO.

"If the team wins, it will increase the morale of the country," he said. "But it's strange to see the distance between people in Tokyo and those suffering from the disaster area."

That the Japanese team wins, they will come back a hero. And if the team comes home with a gold medal, the government plans to award the honor of the people for the players, the newspaper Nikkan Sports.