A famous intersection in Tokyo’s Shibuya ward recently became the site of a massive celebration after Japan defeated Colombia in their World Cup opener on Tuesday.
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Japan made history with its 2-1 victory in their opening Group H match as it marked the first time an Asian team has overcome a team from South America at the World Cup.
Japanese sports fans who had earlier flocked to nearby pubs and sports bars to watch the match immediately flooded the intersection called Scramble Crossing in an impromptu celebration after the game wrapped up at around 11 p.m.
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Video footage of the victory street party posted on social media showed the famed intersection packed with ecstatic fans.
Interestingly, Scramble Crossing remained a working intersection during the celebration.
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Police officers who were there to maintain order and safety mainly watched the celebration unfold as no matter how overjoyed and crazy the sports fans got, no rioting, property damage or any type of untoward incident occurred, reports Soranews24.
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The win appears to have lifted spirits in Japan following a difficult week which began on Monday with a 6.1 magnitude earthquake striking Osaka, resulting in the death of five people and hundreds injured.
Japan is set to face Senegal at the stroke of midnight on Monday, Tokyo time, which will mean a very late street party for fans should the team score another win.
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