The most beautiful faces I’ve seen of late bore sweat and smiles after what may have been months of tears. Nadeshiko Japan grasp at their World Cup trophy with pride. The blue polish may have helped too, maybe. Yamato Nadeshiko!
The Japanese National Women’s Football team who have just won the World Cup takes its team name Nadeshiko Japan from the floral metaphor “Yamato Nadeshiko” which is the personification of an ideal Japanese woman as symbolized by the Nadeshiko flower or Fringed Pink blossom.
The woman the term refers to is fierce yet gentle, loyal, dependable and brave. The words go back in time to the maintenance of highly honored virtues of a Japanese woman in wartime who is dedicated to both her husband and her family and ready to sacrifice herself for their benefit.
To understand why their performance was so moving, watch this video, here are all the major highlights of Nadeshiko Japan’s journey to the win in the Women’s World Cup.