Tokyo before the Olympics: Judo is Japan's good conscience - sport
For friends of detailed final fights Shohei Ono could do nothing on Tuesday evening at the Judo World Cup. He is a nimble Ippon producer from Nara, he loves the quick decision by the highest rating of his sport, and so he put Rustam Orujov from Azerbaijan in the showdown of the weight category up to 73 kilos after a brief use on the cross. Shohei Ono, 27, fighter in the team of the chemical company Asahi Kasei, 2016 Olympic champion, blew his cheeks briefly. It was the third gold for Japan in the home title bouts, and Ono was touched like a stone Shinto figure. He said, "I'm not surprised."
The Judo World Cup has been running in Tokyo's Nippon Budokan since Sunday, making it a big deal for the next Olympic host. That the people of the metropolis therefore fall into intoxicating enthusiasm, you can not say. They perceive the event rather incidentally. From time to time foreigners are attracted to team clothes walking from Kudanshita Subway Station towards Kitanomaru Park. Around the Budokan stalls are built, including a fan shop for Judoka needs. And the flags on the streets tell a different story: about the World Rugby Championship, which starts in Japan on 20 September.
Nevertheless, it is a better week for the gaming city of 2020, which has had to deal with the public in the past, especially with problems: with the hostile summer heat or with the many commuters who could contribute to daily traffic infarction at the mass festival of the sports world. In Budokan, there is no question of that.
Because Judo is something of a symbol of Japan's good conscience. The educator and Asian Olympic pioneer Jigoro Kano (1860-1938) once developed the sport from Jiu-Jitsu, introducing a more sophisticated martial arts system that is now considered a valuable body school for all ages around the world. Judo, in German "the gentle way", acts as the example of Japanese prudence, in which the power politicians and economic drivers of the country often rather not orient themselves.
Anyway, at the World Cup in Nippon Budokan a Japan of power and cosmopolitan friendliness can be experienced. The glittering commerce of the country, the contestable policy of the arch-conservative head of government Shinzo Abe, the escalated dispute with the neighbor South Korea about the correct work-up of the colonial era - everything seems carried away by the timeless spirit of judo. In the final rounds, the ranks are well attended, the domestic athletes win medal after medal, and the audience knows exactly when it must also clap for the others. The victorious guests appreciate it. Daria Bilodid for example, 18, slim, tall, and despite her youth something like a Japanese trauma, won on Sunday her second world title in the class to 48 kilos against the small, desperately attacking Funa Tonaki and then praised the Expertise of Japanese viewers: "The fans really know each other."