RECIFE, Brazil — The Japanese always have some of the most spirited — and outlandish — fans at the World Cup.
As Pernambuco Stadium filled up for the Blue Samurai's first match against Ivory Coast, a tiny Japanese girl walked by dressed as an enormous football, cute cuddly toys hanging from her neck and a Dr. Seuss hat perched on her head.
Many Japan supporters sported samurai top-knot wigs while wearing the blue jerseys of their favorite players. Others had headbands painted with the Japanese "hinomaru" flag and "VICTORY" written in slashing Japanese characters.
— The Associated Press