I’m sure everybody knows the soccer player from England, David Beckham. He had constantly devoted himself from childhood to be a star!!! And his hair style “The Mohawk haristyle” (Soft Mohikan in Japanese) became popular amoung Japanese young men. Beckham’s retiremet spread quickly, and In Economic Times, the member of Paris Sait-Germain Football Club he belongs did a famous Japanese tradition!
They tossed Beckham up in the air!
This tradition, Doage(胴上げ) in Japanese, originally started in Zenko-ji (善光寺) in Nagano prefecture in Japan to bless somebody. This tradition is usually done when turing points of the person’s life such as passing exams, winning elections and sometimes weddings.
I really like the tradition which we can show appreciation and blessing to somebody at the same time in the very lively way! I hope to these Japanese tradition will spread more in the world.