Japan hope origami-themed shirts will power World Cup dreams

Japan returned to their history from the 2002 World Cup for their kit at this year’s tournament, drawing inspiration from the traditional art of origami paper folding that was part of the closing ceremony 20 years ago in Yokohama.

Twenty years ago, as Brazil captain Cafu lifted the trophy at Nissan Stadium to celebrate his country’s record fifth title, some 2.7 million Japanese “orizuru” paper cranes floated through the air, in a Japanese final appropriate.

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