Japanese fans clean up stadium after losing 2-1 to Ivory Coast. Screenshot from Twitter.
Japanese fans clean up stadium after losing 2-1 to Ivory Coast. Screenshot from Twitter.
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Despite Japan losing 2-1 to the Ivory Coast in their first match of the 2014 World Cup on Saturday, Japanese fans showed they were good sports by staying behind to clean up their part of the stadium.

Blue Samurai fans walked the aisles of Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, and filled trash bags after the stadium emptied, Yahoo Sport reported. This is a customary practice at sporting events in Japan that has made an appearance at previous Word Cups, the website said.

As images of the tidy fans spread on Twitter, users have been praising the custom. "Japanese fans clean stadium post Côte d'Ivoire match. The world has a lot to learn from this elegant culture," one Twitter user, Mohammed Al Saqqaf, said.