Lionel Messi's Inter Miami lost on penalties against Vissel Kobe of Japan in a friendly played in Tokyo. After tying 0-0 in the 90 minutes of play, the home team won 4-3 from the 12-minute mark. The Argentine captain started on the bench and came on 15 minutes into the second half, to play for half an hour.
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As soon as the 90 minutes of play were over, shortly before the penalties that declared the local victory, several players from the Japanese team respectfully approached where Messi was to greet him and show their admiration. But there was one case that caught our attention.
The 27-year-old Japanese Ryuho Kikuchi not only shook his hand, but also bowed in front of the man from Rosario, in a gesture of reverence and supreme respect. The video of the moment went viral in a matter of minutes.
The importance of bowing in Japan: “It means giving your head”
On the specialized site Japonismo they explain the importance of reverence in Japan. “Not all bows are the same, since the bow varies depending on the occasion and social status, nor are they the same from a man to a woman. And they don't all mean the same, of course. In fact, although the most normal thing is that we see its use as a way of greeting, the truth is that bowing is a form of respect,” he details.
In another part of the text, they highlight: “Bowling means “giving your head” (atama wo sashidasu or 頭を差し出す, in Japanese), so the real meaning is that we are putting our weakest part in the hands of the opponent, in an act of trust and respect for the other person.”