FESTIVE JOY FOR JAPANESE FOLLOWERS AT THE BRIDGE

Posted on: Tue 25 Dec 2012

Following on from our recent trip to the Far East to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup, the link with our followers in that particular part of the world was strengthened further when members of the Japanese Supporters Club came to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to watch our game against Aston Villa.

Masaya Shizu and his wife Chiaki, both from Tokyo, are massive Chelsea supporters, and they were delighted to be able to watch the Blues in action in their home country shortly before making the trip to London.

Chiaki spoke of their love affair with the club, and explained the significance of their wedding date.

'I became a Chelsea fan when I saw Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge during our honeymoon in 2005,' she told the official Chelsea website. 'We actually got married on John Terry's birthday, 7 December.

'It was great to see the team when they came over to Yokohama. This is my fourth trip to Stamford Bridge. I think the stadium is great, especially the atmosphere created by the Chelsea supporters.'

A young Japanese supporter at Stamford Bridge

The couple's three-year-old daughter, Kano, meanwhile [pictured above], was also in attendance, dressed from head to toe in a replica Petr Cech goalkeeper's kit, and there is little doubt the Chelsea bug has been well and truly passed on to the youngster, who treated onlookers to a flawless rendition of Blue is the Colour.

'While I was pregnant with Kano, I was singing Chelsea songs for the baby all the time,' explained Chiaki.

'Since Kano has been able to talk, we have been singing together while watching Chelsea games on TV.'