Euphoric Soccer Fans Clog Shibuya Intersection

Euphoric soccer fans clog Shibuya intersection

Jubilant soccer fans have overrun a famous intersection near Tokyo's Shibuya Station in reaction to Japan's advance to the knockout stage of the World Cup finals in Russia.

The progress to the last 16 prompted supporters wearing the blue uniforms of the national squad to swarm onto the scramble intersection and chant "Japan!"

Soccer Fans In Tokyo Cheer For Japan

Soccer fans in Tokyo cheer for Japan

Soccer fans in Tokyo cheered for Japan in their second match, as the team played Senegal at the World Cup in Russia.

About 450 people watched the game on a large screen at a public viewing event near Tokyo Tower. The landmark was lit in blue, the squad's color.

Fans Cheer On Japanese Soccer Team At Maid Cafe

Fans cheer on Japanese soccer team at maid cafe

Supporters of the Japanese soccer team are cheering on its players in the central Russian city of Ekaterinburg... at a maid cafe. Japan will play Senegal in the World Cup.

Japanese supporters are arriving in Ekaterinburg.
Some of them have joined local supporters at a cafe where Russian women dressed in maid costumes serve visitors. The establishment is based on maid cafes popular in Japan.

Soccer Fans Elated At Japan's Win Over Colombia

Soccer fans elated at Japan's win over Colombia

Japanese soccer fans have been celebrating their national squad's 2-1 win over Colombia in its first group match in the World Cup finals.

In Tokyo's Shibuya district, hordes of fans sporting replica uniforms exchanged high fives as they passed a crossing near a railway station.

Public Viewing Events In Japan Draw Many Fans

Public viewing events in Japan draw many fans

Soccer fans flocked to public viewing events across Japan on Tuesday night to watch the national team take on Colombia in their first match of the World Cup finals.

About 320 people gathered in front of a big screen at an event in striker Yuya Osako's hometown of Minami-Satsuma in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Sakurai Sho Rides A Train Full Of News Fans

Sakurai Sho rides a train full of NEWS fans

Sakurai said that Masuda Takahisa (NEWS), who serves as the Monday regular for 'PON!', invited him to go to their concert the other day. However, he had to decline as he already had plans to visit a former teacher from high school. 

Source: Model Press

Soccer Fans Welcome Iniesta In Kobe

Soccer fans welcome Iniesta in Kobe

Thousands of soccer fans in the Japanese city of Kobe have welcomed Spanish star player Andres Iniesta, who will soon play in Japan's professional soccer league, J-League.

About 8,200 supporters gathered at Noevir Stadium on Saturday to welcome Iniesta's joining the club, Vissel Kobe.

Soccer Fans Welcomes Iniesta In Kobe

Soccer fans welcomes Iniesta in Kobe

Thousands of soccer fans in the Japanese city of Kobe have welcomed Spanish star player Andres Iniesta, who will soon play in Japan's professional soccer league, J-League.

About 8,200 supporters gathered at Noevir Stadium on Saturday to welcome Iniesta's joining the club, Vissel Kobe.

Star Panda Cub Energizes Sleep-deprived Fans In Tokyo

Star panda cub energizes sleep-deprived fans in Tokyo

The hardcore fans arrived before dawn in the hope of getting a glimpse of their idol. But this wasn't a film star or a pop phenomenon turning up in the city.

It was Xiang Xiang, the giant panda cub. And it was curtains up on first come, first see at Ueno Zoo in downtown Tokyo.

New Japan, Old Japan / Film Fans Snuggle Up For Sleeping Bag Cinema

New Japan, Old Japan / Film fans snuggle up for sleeping bag cinema

By Ryuzo Suzuki / Yomiuri Shimbun Senior PhotographerAn about 1,000-square-meter vacant lot of land in Tokyo's Ginza district where a hotel will be built was converted into an outdoor movie theater Nov. 25 for one night only.

More than 300 viewers, including many parents and children, gathered in the cold weather to enjoy a free show that lasted about two hours. The viewers wrapped themselves in blankets and sleeping bags.

Chatmonchy Enlists Fans To Record Tribute Album

Chatmonchy Enlists Fans To Record Tribute AlbumChatmonchy is releasing a tribute album, and asking its fans to help put it together.
The band is asking people to submit covers of their favorite Chatmonchy song. These covers will be reviewed by the band and its staff, and winners will be selected to record music for the album.

Kabuki Actor Urges Foreign Fans To Savor Beauty Of Japanese Art Form

Kabuki actor urges foreign fans to savor beauty of Japanese art form

While words may be a barrier to fully understanding an artistic performance abroad, Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo on Thursday urged spectators from overseas to enjoy the traditional Japanese art for the beauty of its "form."

"There is the language barrier. When I go abroad and watch performances there, even if I do not understand all the meaning, there is something that I can relate to," Ebizo said at Kabukiza Theatre during an event of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival.

Sailor Moon Store In Tokyo Draws Child Fans, Adult Fans Alike

Sailor Moon store in Tokyo draws child fans, adult fans alike

Even 20 years after the original manga and anime ended their runs in Japan, "Sailor Moon" still retains her powers and hold over her fans, as crowds to the first permanent shop dedicated to the girl superheroine will attest.

About 200 fans waited in line for the world's first Sailor Moon permanent shop to open on Sept. 23 in Tokyo's hip Harajuku district, and more than 600 customers turned up. On average, about 400 customers visited the store each day during the first week. The store has become so popular that clerks have to temporarily limit the number of shoppers allowed inside when it is overcrowded.