The ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia is enthralling, to say the least. While the home nation, Russia is on a golden run, many of the big teams have suffered upsets. On Tuesday, Japan inflicted a surprise defeat on the Colombian team when they won 2-1.
While the Japanese football team swept everyone off their feet with their victory, their supporters also did a fair share of sweeping. They came along with large garbage bags and picked up the litter and cleaned the rows and seats meticulously.
“It’s not just part of the football culture but part of Japanese culture,” Japan-based football journalist Scott McIntyre told the BBC. He was not at all shocked by this behaviour, as cleanliness is a habit that is imbibed in their culture since childhood.
“Cleaning up after football matches is an extension of basic behaviours that are taught in school, where the children clean their school classrooms and hallways,” explains Scott North, professor of sociology at Osaka University. He further added, “With constant reminders throughout childhood, these behaviours become habits for much of the population.”
Professor North further says that other than the fact that they wanted to keep the surroundings clean, for them, it was also a way to showcase and take pride in their lifestyle and culture.
After the example set by the Japanese fans, Senegal fans also got involved in the cleanliness spirit.
The Logical Indian community applauds the humility and the sense of civic responsibility shown by the travelling fans. We should all follow their example in our day to day lives as well.