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This Japanese Grandma Overheard A Colombian Soccer Fan Practicing "Congratulations" In Japanese And Gave Her Her Lucky Kimono

This is so pure.

Posted on June 20, 2018, at 10:45 a.m. ET

This is Kumiko Sano, a 71-year-old from Ehime prefecture in Japan.

Sano attended her first World Cup match on Tuesday, to which she wore her lucky kimono to watch Japan play Colombia.

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As she was leaving after Japan's surprise 2โ€“1 victory, Sano saw a Colombian fan practicing how to say "omedeto" โ€” "congratulations" in Japanese โ€” outside the stadium.

She was so touched that she decided to give her lucky kimono to the Colombian fan.

And they took this adorable photo together.

The photographer who took the photos, Kazuki Okamoto, told BuzzFeed News that he and Sano were traveling in the same tour group.

ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใฎ่ฉฆๅˆๅพŒใ€ไธ€็ท’ใซๅŒ่กŒใ—ใฆใ„ใŸใจใ‚ใ‚‹ๅฅณๆ€งใŒใ€ใ‚ณใƒญใƒณใƒ“ใ‚ขใ‚ตใƒใƒผใ‚ฟใƒผใฎๅฅณๆ€งใซ่‡ชๅˆ†ใŒ็€ใฆๅฟœๆดใ—ใฆใ„ใŸ็€็‰ฉใ‚’ใƒ—ใƒฌใ‚ผใƒณใƒˆใ™ใ‚‹ไธ€ๅน•ใ‚‚ใ‚ใฃใŸใ‚“ใงใ™ใ€‚ ใ€Œ่ฉฆๅˆใซ่ฒ ใ‘ใŸใฎใซใ€ๅฝผๅฅณใ‹ใ‚‰ใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใฃใฆ่จ€ใ‚ใ‚ŒใŸใฎใŒๆœฌๅฝ“ใซๅฌ‰ใ—ใ‹ใฃใŸใ€‚ๅฝผๅฅณใซใ“ใฎ็€็‰ฉใ‚’ๆธกใ—ใŸใ„ใ‹ใ‚‰้€š่จณใ—ใฆใปใ—ใ„ใ€ 71ๆญณใ€‚ ใ‚ตใƒƒใ‚ซใƒผใฃใฆๆทฑใ„

Okamoto tweeted the photos he took, and the tweet has since gone viral.

Okamoto said that the tour group they are on is one in which adult volunteers take middle schoolers from tsunami disaster areas to soccer World Cup matches.

Kazuki Okamoto

He said that he loved seeing Sano and the Colombian fan smile through his viewfinder and wished that he may grow old like Sano.

The story made people super emotional.

ใˆใˆ่ฉฑใ‚„(T ^ T)

"What a touching story ๐Ÿ˜ญ"


"I'm crying."

They thought it was the cutest thing.

ใ‚ตใƒƒใ‚ซใƒผใ‚’้€šใ—ใฆใ‚ณใƒญใƒณใƒ“ใ‚ขใจ็ต†ใŒ่Šฝ็”Ÿใˆใฆใพใ™ใญใ€‚็พŽใ—ใ„ๅ…‰ๆ™ฏใ ใช^ ^

"A bond between Japan and Colombia is built right here. It's so beautiful."


โ€œI hope I still love soccer when I'm her age."

It goes to show the power soccer has in bringing people together.


"This just reminded me of the power of soccer and itโ€™s so moving. Soccer and sports are amazing.โ€

๏ฝขใ‚ตใƒใƒผใ‚ฟใƒผ๏ฝฃใฃใฆใŸใ ่‡ชๅ›ฝ้ธๆ‰‹ใ‚’ๅฟœๆดใ™ใ‚‹ใ ใ‘ใ˜ใ‚ƒใชใ„ใ‚“ใ‚ˆใชใ€‚ๅ‹ฟ่ซ–ใใ†ใ„ใ†ไบบใ‚‚ใŠใฃใฆใ„ใ„ใ‚“ใ ใ‘ใฉใ€ๅŒใ˜ใ‚ตใƒƒใ‚ซใƒผใ‚’้€šใ—ใฆๅ‹ๆ•—่พผใฟใงๆฅฝใ—ใ‚ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใใ‚นใƒใƒผใƒ„ๆ–‡ๅŒ–ใ‹ใ‚‰ๆ–‡ๅญ—้€šใ‚Šใ‚ตใƒใƒผใƒˆใ•ใ‚Œใฆใใฆใ„ใ‚‹ใ‚ใ‘ใ ใ—ใ€‚

โ€œBeing a soccer supporter is not just about supporting your own nation. It's about people coming together and enjoying this sport.โ€

ใ‚ตใƒƒใ‚ซใƒผใŒๅฅฝใ ่‡ชๅˆ†ใฎๅ›ฝใ‚’ๅฟœๆดใ—ใŸใ„ ็›ธๆ‰‹ใ‚’ๆ•ฌใ„ใ€็›ธๆ‰‹ใŒใ„ใ‚‹ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ“ใ่ฉฆๅˆใŒใงใใ‚‹ ใใ‚“ใชๆ€ใ„ใซๅ›ฝๅขƒใฏใชใ„ใ‚ˆใญ ่ฒ ใ‘ใฆใ‚‚ใŠใ‚ใงใจใ†ใจ่จ€ใˆใ‚‹ไบบ ็ด ๆ•ตใ ใจๆ€ใ† ใ„ใ„่ฉฑใ‚’่žใ‹ใ›ใฆใ‚‚ใ‚‰ใ„ใพใ—ใŸ ใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†ใ”ใ–ใ„ใพใ™

"There's no border when it comes to loving soccer, supporting your team, and respecting others who make the match possible. This is such a great story.โ€