Wednesday, August 20 2014 @ 08:44 AM CST
Contributed by: Stephen Alomes
China and Japan are both Confucian societies with respect for tradition, even though this fact is often deliberately forgotten by leaders with other imperatives or can’t be seen for the material goods of today.
But we now have a new tradition of Australian Football. It’s getting stronger, particularly in Tokyo, Osaka and Komazawa in Japan and in Guangzhou and Beijing in China. Perhaps a 21st century Confucius might declare that footy is the main thing.
The Japanese, long campaigners at the International Cup (and with their clubs regularly playing against the almost unique expatriate team, the Tokyo Goannas, an unusual phenomenon on the world footy atlas), are experienced footballers.