Yesterday morning I was trying to get ready to go to work at NHK Culture Center in Odori. I have a 10.30 am class on Thursdays.
But I am standing in my living room at home getting dressed, with my work bag and car keys - watching the last minutes of the England vs Japan soccer game.
The score is 1-1. England has missed some chances. There are three minutes of extra time. I am thinking: "Oh no, this will go to PK and I have to go to work...."
Then it happened. I was actually in the computer room next door when I heard the roar of the crowd from the TV and I rushed back to the living room.
It was an awful way to lose an important game. I feel so sorry for the player. But, I AM happy for Japan and as always, when watching sports between my birth and adoptive country, I can't help but support Japan more.
I know the Japanese players faces and names from media in Japan. I am surrounded by a country of people happy with the result.
So I am happy for Japan :-)
One sports writer in the UK wrote this about the game:
"I suppose it’s hard to argue that Japan don’t deserve their place in the final. They’ve been very good all tournament, and even though they were off key tonight, they cut England open twice to score their goals. England were excellent, and deserve many plaudits, but Japan are an accomplished side, full of skill and technique, and their game against USA on Sunday will be fabulous, no doubt. " (Louise Taylor, The Guardian newspaper, sports writer)