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Friday, June 18, 2010

Samurai Blue Park

Sitting in the shadow of National Stadium in Yoyogi Park is Samurai Blue Park, an area created by the Japan Football Association in support of the national team's journey to the World Cup in South Africa.

Samurai Blue Park

Serving as a gathering point for those unable to make the trek to South Africa, the park will play host to a number of events and activities.

Inside the main area, the JFA has set up small exhibits featuring memorabilia such as balls and kits, from various national team campaigns.

To the rear of the main hall is a small pitch where there will be various activities going on. Towering over the outside area is a giant statue of a samurai, draped blue garments and standing with one foot on an oversized soccer ball.

Samurai Blue Park

There are also plans to hold viewings of some of the action in South Africa.

Open from 17:00-21:00 on weekdays and 12:00-21:00 on weekends, most games are shown on replay, although Japan's match with Holland on June 19 at 20:30 will be shown live.

Japan is in the midst of its third appearance at the World Cup and has already scored a mild upset with a 1-0 victory over Cameroon in its opening game. That victory was the Blue Samurai's first World Cup win on foreign soil.

Samurai Blue Park Tokyo

Japan goes up against a favored Holland side on June 19 before moving on to face Denmark on June 24. In addition to the public viewing at Samural Blue Park for the match against Holland, tickets are also on sale at Tokyo Dome for a live viewing of the same game. The Park will be open for the duration of Japan's stay at the World Cup.

© Jason Coskrey & JapanVisitor.com

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