I have woken up at five in the morning, far earlier than I usually do on a Monday. I quietly walk into the living room,a pot of coffee and turn my computer on. The reason I'm up at the isn't to study or catch up on work (though it probably should be).
Rather, Ia day of exhaustion watch live sports from America.
I've found this to be a commonamong people from Western countries now living in Japan who also count themselves as sports fans. Regardless of what time we have to get up or what websites we have to use, seeing our favorite teams play remains a big part of our lives, whatever the sport.
I'm sure Japanese can. When the Olympics or the World Cup are held in a distant time zone, events and matches usually start after midnight or in the very early morning. During the 2014 World Cup, which was held in Brazil, I'd wake up at 6:30 a.m. to get ready for work, and see people wearing Samurai Blue nearby bars.
But one difference is that theythe biggest sporting event on Earth, one that only happens every four years, and they were . I wake up usually before the sun every Monday to watch two American football teams play a regular season contest, knowing I'll repeat this for about 21 weeks. And there is nothing about it. Just me in front of a .
Well, at least I'm not alone in this. I've known British friends to stay up all night in Shibuya bars so that they can watch live a hotly European soccer league final at 4:30 a.m. Another American pal doesn't watch live, but himself a , completely ignoring the internet and all sports news. When he finally watches the game at home, his enjoyment is pure and . That's dedication.
It sounds ridiculous at times, but sports is one of the things that keep people connected to their home countries. I oftentimesfrom the United States politics or pop culture ... but absolutely on debates about the NBA All-Star Game starting fives. It's an easy link to the place where I'm from, requiring no real context to enjoy.
Of course, it comes with potential. On this particular Monday, I've gotten up early for the of watching my favorite team . If I'd known that was coming, I would have taken the extra two hours of .
The Japan Times ST: February 17, 2017