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This Volleyball Match Between Japan and China Was Oddly Amicable

By: Laura McQuarrie - Published: • References: youtube and japantrends
The friendly volleyball match that took place on the Senkaku Islands in February is representative of two groups that came together amidst tension between Japan and China. Recently there's been some extreme cases of racism in Japan, such as the huge banner that was put up during the Urawa Reds soccer match declaring "Japanese Only" and increased reports of graffiti meant to exclude certain groups of people.

Rather than make grand political statements about the friendly union, a bunch of girls staged a friendly game of volleyball and invited others to start their own games. One girl stated that "it's not China vs. Japan, it's China and Japan. We are together." This was exaggerated with flag-referencing bikinis, face paint and an adorable friendship between a Godzilla and a panda mascot.