That is also evident on the streets where it's every man for himself even if the lights are green when you are crossing the road. The Japanese wait patiently. They also queue in an ordered fashion.
For this visitor, apart from the football, the experience of visiting Hiroshima was especially memorable. The stark atomic bomb dome.
Verdy had their support in green to the left but they would be disappointed as their side ended up relegated.
The first leg of the J league 1/2 play-off between third bottom Jublio of League 1 and 3rd top Vegalta from J-2.
It was pretty much a sell out (19,000) as the home fans cranked up the noise , sang their songs and waved their numerous large flags. Jubilo brought a good number of their blue clad fans.
Ok its derivative but the locals do generate a decent atmosphere although it doesn't always correspond with the onfield play.
Jubilo got back on terms after 53 minutes when 19 year old midfielder Matsuura shot in - he could one to watch for the future.
After that Sendai generated some pressure and Ryang did hit the bar with a free kick but it was not enough to make another breakthrough.
Australians beat Kiwis.
Adelaide Utd 2 Waitakere Utd 1
The game itself was characterised by set pieces - corners (Adelaide had 19) and free kicks.
The Australians got back level soon after from a corner with a decisive header by Mullen.
The Kiwis had battled hard and had the entertaining Fijian Krishna - a lively, speedy but unpredictable front runner.
The Pachuca coach thought later that they did not deserve to be behind and indeed they had missed some decent chances. But to this observer it seemed unlikely Pahuca would retrieve the sitauion after the break.
However an early 2nd half goal from a set peice gave them the confidence and Al Ahly were pressed back, made passing errors and seem to lose confidence (admitted by their Portuguese coach)
So Pachuca will meet Ldu Quito and Al Ahly will play for fifth place.
It got cold and a brisk walk back to the assault on the senses that is Shinjuku was needed for me to warm up. A curry and some local Bon Rouge wine finished the evening.
Back in Beijing the Olympic stadium area was busy with local tour parties many taking pictures of the impressive 'Bird's Nest'.
further pics at http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/86527278