Neighbor’s Misfortune, Sports Vessel “Honey Jam”
Some Japanese fans begrudgingly support the Rising Sun flag
Korea cheers more for Costa Rica’s victory
Even the UK likes to quit 4 years ago
Smiles on the faces of Korean journalists at the Central Media Center (MMC) as Japan lost 0-1 to Costa Rica in the second leg of the Group E group stage of the Qatar 2022 World Cup held at Al Rayyan Ahmad Bin Stadium Ali in Qatar on the 27th (Korean time).
In the Japanese game, which has a strong wind at the start, you have to go to the original stadium and see it for yourself. However, as time overlapped with the Korea national football team’s press conference before the game against Ghana, they gathered at the MMC to watch the game on TV with reporters from other countries.
Journalists from other countries at the MMC watched as if they were enjoying themselves as Korean reporters made happy faces at Japan’s defeat. I was about to have a coffee, but a British journalist asked me a question. “You look happy. But why are you so hostile?”
In fact, there are many reasons why Korean reporters were happy to see Japan lose to Costa Rica that day. There must be a long historical background and hidden economic rivalries.
But the main reason is the “Flag of the Rising Sun” that appeared in the stadium. On this day, some Japanese fans waved the rising sun flag in their hands even before entering the stadium. For us, who have gone through 36 years of Japanese colonial rule, seeing them waving the flag of the rising sun, a symbol of imperialism, is inevitably uncomfortable.
Of course, it is not very pleasant for Japan to be the first Asian country to reach the round of 16 and set the record for the most victories in Asia at the World Cup. But talking about it is too long.
So I asked. “Why were you so happy when Korea beat Germany four years ago?”
The BBC said: “Germany finished this tournament in bottom place. Korea also sent Germany home. This is the World Cup,” he said happily. The Sun even published a big ranking of group F to which Korea and Germany belonged, and teased Germany, saying, “Cut it and pull it out when you feel depressed”.
Upon hearing the response, the British reporter walked off with a laugh, saying, “Maybe we would have done it even if France had lost.”
Perhaps the greatest attraction of sport, which is keeping the body healthy and the mind right, is that it allows us to release the unpleasant emotions within us in a way that isn’t so dangerous. If you rejoice when your neighbor, who is usually a little uncomfortable, suffers an accident, you become a ‘bad person’, but in sports, even if you consider it ‘fun’, nothing serious will happen. So if you blame yourself for cheering for a while at your neighbor’s defeat, you don’t have to.
Reporter Kim Dong Hyun