Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The sun has set, and the rain has started to fall from the sky.

Petrusa has sent me some nice photos showing how people are getting enthusiastic about what is happening right now in various stadiums in South Africa. It is a once-in-a-life-time festivity, especially as a hosting nation for the FIFA world cup. I congratulate and thank the people of South Africa for their marvelous spirit of hospitality and playfulness.

Yesterday, the sun has set for Japan, after competing against Paraguay and losing in the final PK. It is rare to see grown up men weeping like that in the close scrutiny of television cameras, but they did deserve every drop of the tears.

The world cup is the supreme stage for soccer lovers. The players have been training all their lives for this. Starting as a kid following and stumbling on the ball, climbing the ladder through the most rigorous selection processes, until finally making it to the national team.

If you imagine what must have been at stake and what rivers of deep emotions have been flowing in their bosoms, the tears last night would appear to represent the purest and the most serene of what humans are capable of bringing about to this world, through hard work and high goals.

The sun has set, and the rain has started to fall from the sky. After the soothing darkness, the sun would rise again. Life thrives in its cycles.

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yuzu said...

I don't have any words.
But it has come for in future again.
I pray.
Now, from here to everywhere.
I pray. Everybody can to something for future
from now.Because it has been wonderful.
Now,from here to everywhere.
Don't you think so?

Wander14 said...

I have no idea how much pressure
had invaded them.
And it is immeasurable how much
they have encouraged us.

They all must have fought
for the Japanese pride.
They all must have tried
the world as much as they could.
They all must have made
every Japanese cried.

Sorry my expression
because no comments recentry.

Petrusa de Koker said...

Even though Japan did not go through to the next round, your team did very well. They did not make it easy for Paraguay and forced a penalty-shootout. Japan did a lot better than most teams (Bafana-bafana included). So, congratulations!
My friends and I chose to be fans of Honda - maybe because his name sounds familiar to us South Africans, but mainly because he played well.
Hope you have a great time. …and an even better time when the rain is gone and the sun is out again.

Greg said...

I started watching the game on an English language channel, then had to move to a venue where it was only available on a Spanish language channel; so, it was interesting to hear the play-by-play and commentary in different languages. It was gratifying to see the Japanese players line up to thank their supporters after such a defeat. It demonstrated a lot of class.

砂山鉄夫(Tetsu Sunayama) said...

I will not forget your excellent plays and beautiful tears at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Thank you very much.