Samurai Blue Park

South Africa hosts the 2010 World Cup starting today, June 11.  This year, the Japanese national soccer team is called or nicknamed “Samurai Blue”.  Below is a cool looking picture courtesy of Vanity Fair.

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Then, there is a the new drink called Pepsi Baobab, which was released to generate awareness or hype for the team.

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As a show of support for the team and to commemorate the event, the Samurai Blue Park was built beside Yoyogi Stadium in Harajuku, Tokyo.

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In the indoor hall, there is a small Japanese soccer memorabilia exhibit …

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… where you can buy some World Cup related merchandise (got a free bag and bought a 350 yen or $3.50 souvenir – I’’m cheap)  …

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… and sign a card sponsored by Japan Airlines (JAL) for the team …

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… and other fun stuff.

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Outside, there is a small soccer field where different activities are held …

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… and where you can find the mascot.

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They even have some friendly soccer matches, with different teams wearing the official World Cup uniforms.

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Japan is part of Group E with its first game scheduled on June 14 against Cameroon.  Fans are excited but Japan is not one of the favorites and chances of advancing are slim.  Then, you can just shop at a big really store for soccer clothing in Harajuku – you might as well look good!

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And catch a bus to go home.

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9 thoughts on “Samurai Blue Park

  1. Do you like soccer? Are you gonna watch the World Cup?
    I don’t like soccer…but I’ll watch the games that Japan plays—as long as the time it airs here isn’t inconvenient.

      • I think that’s only there temporarily too.

        When Japan co-hosted the World Cup in 2002, there was a soccer goods store in Shibuya. But it closed after the World Cup ended.

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