Japan: Rugby World Cup quarter-final spot gives fans reason to smile after Typhoon Hagibis

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From Becky Grey
BBC Sport at Yokohama
Red and white stripes everywhere, dogs in paper scrum caps, wigs, rugby shirts and a smile. Always a grin.
Japan may have qualified by beating against Scotland for a World Cup quarter-final however their place was sealed by their lovers .
It hasnt been an easy 48 hours for the nation. Japans largest typhoon in 61 years tore through several areas leaving 23 people dead.
On Sunday morning, the skies had cleared, the sun shone and Japan showed the resilience it can take to reside in a country.
Among enthusiasts, talk turned to whether the decisive World Cup match against Scotland of the team would proceed or not.
Videos on social media on Saturday had shown the Japan team wading through knee-high water for into the field at their training floor that was flooded.
Away from the pitch, the Scottish Rugby Union had made their feelings clear about a rescue and Japan head coach Jamie Joseph needed more respect because of his side, saying they had been desperate to perform too.
Images on the news of streets submerged with roofs made drama seem submerged and hopeless flooding plains across the scene didnt look promising.
There was not any need for doubt given the ingenuity of the Japanese, though. The stadium was constructed on stilts and therefore was safe. The game would go ahead.
Some may have contested the choice to bring the tournament where such weather can make unplayable, but the scenes at Yokohama should definitely put those ideas.
Fans flocked into the 72,000-capacity ground hours before kick-off along with was the ray of joy the nation needed following the typhoon.
More and more white and red tops gathered. A sense of history was from the air and the natives understood it extended queues formed for programmes and the merchandise shop.
Japan may have been about to seal a place at the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals for first time and everyone wanted a souvenir to carry away together.
No this catalyst was needed at this championship, although A win against South Africa at the 2015 World Cup was the catalyst for interest in the Japan group four years before.
Japan shirts have been sold out at stores across the country and the television market for Sundays match was an estimated people.
The World Cup could have turned into a spot, if this game had been cancelled. However, the danger about whether it would be performed or not, together with the simple fact that everyone had been made to devote the 24 hours inside meant supporters were thrilled to be present.
The excess time gave time to lovers to plan their outfits a shirt is just not sufficient for Japanese fans.
You will find wigs at the colours of the Japan flag kimonos and even earrings on display.
And of course Bak-san, a buff who has got star status in the World Cup at matches by painting shirts on his torso, created an appearance.
As fans waited for kick-off in the front of the ground, a rendition of Flower of Scotland broke out and it was not Scottish fans.
As the gamers emerged onto the pitch the sense of anticipation improved. A moments silence was held in memory and the poignancy was transported through the Japanese national anthem.
The television cameras showed faces from the crowd as they sang the sombre tune with a degree of emotion not seen in such a reserved and culture.
Chants ofNipponbroke out directly after kick-off and each hit was met with a cheer that was enormous, except for tackles.
Each time the Brave Blossoms captain a fanatic in his adopted nation ever since that win against South Africa — so much as approached the ball a cry ofLeitch would ring out.
Even scrum penalties obtained sent the audience into raptures and it wasnt only those inside the stadium invested in every twist and turn of this match.
In Oita, where Wales and England will play their quarter-finals, pubs were full of screaming fans, while at the conclusion, supporters streamed at Tokyos famous Shibuya crossing.
Japan were also a team with a nation behind them and those within the arena in Yokohama made themselves noticed.
There were howls of pain because the Finn Russell of Scotland went over for the attempt then shrieks of delight when Japan drew par with Kotaro Matsushimas score.
Fans had won many hearts, but to the pitch Japan and with a new rugby play and another offload meant Keita Inagaki was the next guy to cross.
Kenki Fukuoka, that was eventually given his man of the match award by fellow Japanese sporting good Naomi Osaka, scored and it felt increasingly obvious that Japan had earned a place in the previous eight.
But the try for Scotland seven minutes of WP Nel attained their lowest level following a defence allowed Zander Fagerson through.
The audience willed Japan on, roaring relentlessly to the games final five minutes and regrouped. Before the ball has been kicked into the stands, they counted the last five seconds down and they burst into flames and, sometimes, tears.
The response to the triumph from fans and players revealed that this match was more closer to a World Cup last than the pool game for Japan.
The parties continued for half an hour fans chanted their countrys name in response and afterwards fulltime as the team pushed up on bow to every side of the scene.
Before forming a ring and singing, not wanting their time on the pitch to 27, the players assembled for a photo.
With Leitch performing the speaking, Finally, only seven players were abandoned kneeling in a huddle. And as they eventually abandoned the pitch, it was with a wave to the audience.
People at Yokohama on Sunday still smiled, although Its been a stressful 48 hours for the people. And they have even more reason to.
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