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Osaka people love their sport, and whenever a local or national team has a big win, it is customary for fans to jump into the Dotonbori River. Unfortunately this is one of the dirtiest rivers in Japan.
When the local baseball team seemed headed toward a national title in 2003, city mayor Fusae Ota ordered the area under the bridge cleared of debris, fearing injuries to jumpers. Among other things, 314 bicycles were hauled from the river!
This picture was taken after Japan's victory over Tunisia in the 2002 World Cup.
Written Feb 16, 2004
I'd hoped to be able to travel to all of the competing cities for the 2008 Olympic Games during my trip - Toronto (home), Osaka, Beijing, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Istanbul, Cairo, Paris and Seville, but circumstances left me hanging without a thread after Japan, so I had to leave the Asian Rim, then when I reached Europe, I got centralized, and couldn't reach the eastern or western cities... ah, well... maybe in another 8 or 12 years...
Updated Mar 29, 2003
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