Their uniform is known as “Samurai Blue,” so Japanese supporters and football goods are all blue.
You might ask,
“Is Blue a meaningful color for Japan? The Japanese flag is not blue….”
“Samurais used to wear blue kimono?”
Actually, I had been wondering,
“Why is Japan blue?”
A local didn’t have ANY ideas.
I finally got the answer.
When Japan started to participate World Cup qualifiers in 1954, there were few football players in Japan. There weren’t professional leagues nor professional players. So Tokyo University’s football club went to World Cup qualifiers in Asia as the Japanese national team. (They always lost, of course. Japan qualified for World Cup in 1998 for the first time.) Tokyo Uni’s school color was blue. Their football uniform was blue. As a result, the Japanese uniform became blue.
So….. No special meanings!
Yeah, as Japanese people know, Samurai has nothing to do with “Blue.”
What do you think?
In my opinion, it’s time to rethink of it.
Japan has become stronger than decades ago and goes to World Cup today, so it’s time to end corner-cutting uniform. There are other Blue teams at World Cup, so Japan-like color will attract people.
For example, how about “Sakura Japan”?
Cherry blossoms are very well-known as a Japanese image. Pale pink uniform won’t be unfashionable when they hire good designers. Actually, athletes in Nihon Uni wear sakura pink uniform, and they look cool!
Two more episodes.
The Japanese Women Football Team is “Nadeshiko (= pink = a garden flower, not a color. Nadeshiko represents beautiful ladies.) Japan.” Different from Men, Nadeshiko Japan is VERY STRONG. They WON Women’s World Cup! Yes, CHAMPION!! Their strategy is different from defensive Samurais. Their play style was praised as “Women Barcelona” because of excellent, elegant, artistic passes.
How was today’s game between Greece and Japan?
…. A draw without any scores.
It was Super Boring.
I wait for other stars.
(Updated on 6 July)
I heard that this match is nominated for “The Worst Game of World Cup 2014.”
But I understand it. Nothing was exciting. No fantastic plays. There weren’t any formations. As far as I see it, it will take decades for Japan to develop its football. Not just skills and physical toughness. Each player’s independent thinking is a must for football.