In honor of the 2014 World Cup (football/soccer), here is Japan's kit - otherwise known as their uniforms.
Above is the lovely blue Japan will wear as the home team - seen here modeled by Kagawa Shinji (surname first), a mid-fielder who plays with Manchester United.
It's smart and fashionable and... if you look real close, you will notice that there are sun rays bursting out from the patch above the heart... you know... like the old rising sun flag that Japan used between 1870 to 1945, when it was also known as the war flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.
I don't know if that was the meaning, but the meaning is there as far as I can tell.
Japan is out to do battle against all comers in this tourney. War.
It, too, sports the sun rays blazing out from the Japan crest over the heart
I would purchase a Home kit, but while the color is interesting on the Away kit, I'm not sure I would buy one out of respect to everyone else who might suffer retina damage while I walked down the street.
And those socks! It's like something the Wicked Witch of the North might wear if she was sucking back some illicit mushrooms.
Here is Japan's roster for the tourney (surname last):
|GK||Eiji Kawashima||Standard Liege|
|GK||Shusaku Nishikawa||Urawa Reds|
|GK||Shuichi Gonda||FC Tokyo|
|DEF||Masato Morishige||FC Tokyo|
|DEF||Yasuyuki Konno||Gamba Osaka|
|DEF||Yuto Nagatomo||Inter Milan|
|DEF||Masahiko Inoha||Jubilo Iwata|
|MID||Yasuhito Endo||Gamba Osaka|
|MID||Keisuke Honda||AC Milan|
|MID||Shinji Kagawa||Manchester United|
|MID||Hotaru Yamaguchi||Cerezo Osaka|
|MID||Toshihiro Aoyama||Sanfrecce Hiroshima|
|MID||Manabu Saito||Yokohama F. Marinos|
|ATT||Yoichiro Kakitani||Cerezo Osaka|
|ATT||Yuya Osako||1860 Munich|
|ATT||Yoshito Okubo||Kawasaki Frontale|
Japan is in Group C... featuring Japan, Greece, Cote d'Ivorie, Colombia... and it's a crapshoot. Colombia is a favorite and Japan is considered strong enough to get through - but, who knows... this Group... well, any two teams can make it through this time.
Here is Japan's World Cup soccer schedule for the opening round, playing three games of a round robin against the three teams mentioned above:
June 14 @ 22:00 local time
Cote d'Ivorie vs Japan
June 19 @ 19:00 local time
Astadio das Dunas
Japan vs Greece
June 24 @ 16:00 local time
Japan vs Colombia
Why Pokemon, you may ask? Well, Adidas and Nintendo (the video game giant and publisher of Pokemon) have a partnership to promote Japan's World Cup team.