Japan leave behind clean dressing room, thank you note despite Asian Cup heartbreak

Japan leave behind clean dressing room, thank you note despite Asian Cup heartbreak

first_imgJapan leave behind clean dressing room, thank you note despite Asian Cup heartbreakAFC Asian Cup 2019: Japan were shocked by Qatar as they lost 3-1 in the final but left the Zayed Sports City Stadium dressing room sparkling clean. They even left behind a thank you note in Arabic.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk Abu DhabiFebruary 2, 2019UPDATED: February 2, 2019 17:39 IST Japan cleaned the dressing room and wrote thank you in 3 languages after losing the AFC Asian Cup 2019 final to Qatar. (@afcasiancup Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJapan lost for the first time in five Asian Cup finalsJapanese players won hearts after they left a clean dressing room in Abu DhabiJapan had done the same during the World CupJapan has always captured the imagination of people all over the world with their mannerisms and their athletes are time and again, enhancing that respect built in so many hearts. Japan lost the AFC Asian Cup 2019 final to Qatar 3-1 on Friday in Abu Dhabi as while the Qataris were in jubilation, the Japanese faces all sullen and shocked.Despite the heartbreak, the Japanese team did not shy away from what they always do – leave the dressing room sparkling clean. After their final defeat to Qatar, the Japanese players and support staff cleaned up the dressing room at the Zayed Sports City Stadium and left a ‘thank you’ message.In the photo posted by Asian Cup social media handle, the dressing room can be seen absolutely clean and the white board has ‘thank you’ written in three languages – English, Japanese and Arabic.In Arabic, thank you is translated to ‘shukran jazeeran’ and it has been written in the language with much care.Japan leave the #AsianCup2019 dressing room spotless with thank you message in English, Arabic and Japanese! pic.twitter.com/RfiVyoMumd#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) February 2, 2019This is not the first time that Japanese have come out of a heartbreak with such a brilliant gesture. Last year during the World Cup, Japanese had done a similar thing after their heartbreaking loss to Belgium in the Round of 16.In that match, Belgium had bounced back from a 2-0 deficit to win the game 3-2 and the Japanese saw a cruel exit from the tournament. Despite that, Japanese team had left an immaculate change room.advertisementEven their fans famously picked up the litter and cleaned the spaces around them in the stadium after every match. The images of the same had gone viral on social media and the practice was appreciated so much that even Colombian, Senegalese and Peru fans had joined Japan in doing the same.Japanese are famously talked to take care of their own litter and belongings right from the childhood and that is even seen in the rising tennis star Naomi Osaka – a Japanese who moved to the US at the age of 3.During the Australian Open, her habit of cleaning up her own food litter after every match left everyone in awe. Japanese are also famous for not appreciating mixed race, something that Osaka is. Her mother is a Japanese but her father is a Haitian. Naomi Osaka is the first Japanese tennis player to be ranked No.1 in the world. (Reuters Photo)However, Japan has welcomed Osaka with open arms saying that her mannerisms speaks greatly of her Japanese heritage.On Saturday, as the image of Japanese leaving a clean Asian Cup dressing room went viral, fans could not help but react to it with respect.I love Japanese players and their fans. They congratulated Qatar even though they lost.Respect.BetBoy (@betboy888) February 2, 2019Respect and love Japanese Players so muchJolie Nguyen (@JolieNg10519393) February 2, 2019This is SUMURAI way .This is Japan. So We will back on next stage. Thanks.Tommy.feb (@Tommyf88901343) February 2, 2019I love these Japanese players! Even the u16 players when they played here in Malaysia , they applaud us Malaysian fans and bow at us after the match. Top class manners. RespectAbu Colgate (@Harizzu) February 2, 2019Japanese players and fans are well behaved and respected all around the world for their good gesturerakeshrussell (@rakeshrussell52) February 2, 2019RESPECT, an awesome Japanese cultureBaba Herrera (@BabaHerrera) February 2, 2019Also Read | Japan have to learn from Asian Cup defeat: Captain Yoshida urges Japan to look forwardAlso Read | Qatar stun Japan to win the AFC Asian Cup for the first timeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow JapanFollow QatarFollow AFC Asian Cup 2019last_img

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