Friday, July 15, 2011

Why I Want Japan to Win the Women's World Cup

At the risk of sounding unpatriotic: Go Japan! There. I said it.

Japan meets the USA in the Women's World Cup final on Sunday in Germany, and I'm rooting for the team from the Far East. I'm not even a soccer fan, but to me this isn't about the game. This is about a nation still reeling four months after its worst natural disaster in 140 years. This is about tens of thousands of people dead and missing, homes and businesses destroyed, families cramped in shelters. This is about an unnerving nuclear disaster and people risking their lives trying to prevent a complete meltdown.

Kai Pfaffenbach/Rueters

Not to put undue pressure on the women from the Japanese soccer team, but Japan as a nation needs a victory. The Japanese need something to distract them from the daily dose of bad news that has greeted them each day since March 11.

Kyodo News/Associated Press

So forgive me if I'd rather root for Homare Sawa and Nahomi Kawasumi instead of Abby Wambach and Hope Solo (or Heather O'Reilly and Tobin Heath from my alma mater). Pardon me if I take a break from being an American for a couple of hours on Sunday. I am half Japanese, after all.

Ganbare Nadeshiko Japan.


Daniel said...

You're tugging at my heartstrings, but I have to root for the USA, sorry! For you and the nation of Japan I will temper my enthusiasm to mild

shrinecastle said...

I'll be happy if the USA wins, especially if the Tar Heels on the team contribute. I just feel there's more in it emotionally for Japan. I'm for anything that helps heal the nation.