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Cheering for jolly old Nippon

Updated: May 30, 2006, 4:41 PM ET
By Michael Davies | Special to Page 2

Day 9: Some meditations on the glory of football

Sunday, June 10, a sunken garden, Minato Mirai, 11 a.m. I go for a run. Someone alert the media. After a good, I don't know, half a mile, I stop for a rest in a beautiful, Zenlike sunken garden. Overlooking the bay, in this paradise of modern architecture and urban planning that is Minato Mirai, "port of the future," I contemplate football. I'm a deep thinker, me.

My U.S. friends often complain to me about the scarcity of goals ...

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