TOKYO -- The famous Shibuya scramble crossing area was filled with young fans early on June 29 as they celebrated Japan advancing to the last 16 of the World Cup.
For more than an hour after the game ended, supporters, many of them wearing the team's blue uniform, exchanged high-fives as they shouted "Nippon (Japan)" while singing and waving national flags.
One excited fan tumbled to the ground and smashed their glasses as their shoes fell off. There was also some trouble at the popular crossing at around 1:10 a.m. when a male college student in his 20s allegedly grabbed a police officer's cap and flung it away, leading to his arrest on suspicion of obstructing police officers from performing their duties.
The Metropolitan Police Department controlled traffic in the area to prevent pedestrians from crossing diagonally, and officers known as "DJ Police" directed fans in a humorous way as they encouraged them not to spill out onto roads.
Hyuga Yagihashi, 21-year-old college student from Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, said, "Poland is a strong team and the match was a tough game. I hope midfielder Gaku Shibasaki performs well and the team wins its next game."
(Tomohiro Katahira and Kazuhiro Toyama, City News Department)