Natal: Japan vs. Greece

Saturday, June 21, 2014
For the first time, we had the chance to walk to the stadium. And we did so - arriving 6 hours prior to kick-off.
We decided to get in the Japanese fan crowd at Estadio Das Dunas in Natal. Which turned out to be an excellent decision. The Japanese fans are happy, loud and crazy about football.
Not only do the Japanese fans like football, they like dressing up as well. It brings an amazing mood to the games. The weirdest thing - besides the dress-ups; Pikachu, Nippon Frog, Freeza and many more - was the blue plastic bags, which where used to make noise.
During the pre-match we walked around the stadium and shot some great photos. Everyone knows that the Japanese loves shooting photos, but as it turns out, they also love being inside the frame.

The fairness of the Japanese fans is outstanding. They show up to support their team and only boo at the other team when they are treated in an unfair manner.

We had seats all the way up top, but we decided to move further down closer to the pitch. And into the Japanese crowds.

Arriving early turned out to be an excellent choice. We had time to walk the area, talking and taking selfies people from all around the globe. Kaj and Andrea were popular among the Japanese fans.

Unfortunately the match ended goalless, but it was an awesome experience anyway. I can't wait to visit Japan later this year.
Other than going to the Japan vs. Greece match, we had time enough in Natal to visit Ponta Negra Beach. A beautiful lagoon-like beach! Both Lasse and I felt like spending more days there, but we had to move on to Recife for our next World Cup match.

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