New in town

This is my first entry for Metroblogging Tokyo. I first came to this city when I was 22 right during the bubble economy days, when sushi was still a novelty and the country didn’t have the J League. I cheer for Urawa Reds and try not to get too upset that there are no Swedish players here.

Many people working in Tokyo are from other areas of Japan, and they will root for their hometown teams. Games are a lot of fun with great fans, generally more lively than at the baseball games. Here is how Urawa beat Osaka 3-2 in the final 2 December, 2006.

Fortunately, hooliganism among the supporters is very rare, and there have been no cases of hooligan-related injuries or deaths at football games in Japan. Perhaps the game is still too young here, and there are no old grievances between fan clubs. I also think the press does a good job at staying serious about the game itself, rather than indulging in the mad inflammatory outbursts you often get in Europe. Oh well, lets wait a few more years and see how that story develops.

1 Comment so far

  1. James Hart (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

    Hey Martin. Great to have you here!
    I don’t understand how Saitama always seems to have such good sports teams. I saw the Tokyo Basketball team get thrashed (again) by their Saitama counterpart a couple of weeks ago.
    Going to a J-League game is definitely on my list of things to do here. I play 5-a-side near FC Tokyo’s Stadium, in Chofu, but I guess they’re in Division 2…

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