Japan leaves the World Cup with a lesson in education: it’s not just a bow

World Cup in Qatar 2022

A lesson in civility, respect and politeness from Japan and its coach, after the round of 16 defeat by Croatia. The bow has a special meaning.

Author: Marco Beltrami

World Cup in Qatar 2022

In the stands and on the field, the Japanese gave a lesson in great civilization to the world Cup and they can go home with their heads held high. While fans cleaned the stadium for home and away matches, the players eliminated in the round of 16 by Croatia showed they know how to lose. The coach of the Japan national team, in particular, showed an exemplary attitude, with a very beautiful and meaningful gesture.

The Japanese will go home with the satisfaction of having beaten Germany and Spain, and the disappointment of having lost the chance to qualify for the quarterfinals by surrendering only on penalties to Croatia from a super Livakovic. At the end of the round of 16 match, the attitude of the Japan team was commendable. So much disappointment, but also so much composure on the part of the whole group and their leader Hajime Moriyasu.

The Japan coach spoke to the entire team after the loss to Croatia
The Japan coach spoke to the entire team after the loss to Croatia

The former player and current Japan coach stood out for his strong personality. Once the match was over, he wasted no time and instead of letting himself be overcome by physiological discouragement, he got the whole team together, consoling the players, one by one. After regrouping the group here is the speech, for a scene that we are used to seeing perhaps after very different types of results. He hit Moriyasu’s chest repeatedly, which transferred his emotions to all of Japan.

After the proverbial “classification break”, the coach thought of the many compatriots who accompanied the team to Qatar. Approaching the bleachers, he bowed, remaining in this position for a few seconds. That of the Japanese technician is a gesture of great value. To fully understand its meaning, one must know Japanese culture.

By the way, for these people reverence has an important value, fundamental to express respect and courtesy. Precisely for this reason there are different types of arches, with the meaning varying according to the inclination. Japan coach Moriyasu’s falls into the category of saikeirei, i.e. the most profound and obsequious of all. What this means? It is used to show the utmost respect, in this case to your country’s fans, who are guaranteed constant support.

And in the post-game press conference, the coach showed that he believes blindly in his players and their possibilities: “Players may think that they are competing against the entire world at the same level. They showed us the future of Japanese football, a new era. We beat Germany, we beat Spain, we beat two world champions. If we think about moving forward instead of stagnating, the future will definitely change. The players really did their best. We weren’t able to close the gap again, but I think the players showed us a new era. If Japanese football continues to want to be at its best, I am confident that we will be able to overcome this barrier.”🇧🇷 You can win even if you lose.

Source: Fan Page IT