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The sun sets on 2012

The Tokyo skyline seen at night as the sun sets over Mount Fuji in Tokyo
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Football fans recently flocked to Japan in the hope of seeing breathtaking football at the FIFA Club World Cup. They were not disappointed as the tournament including exhilarating skills and stunning goals.

But one thing the supporters knew they were guaranteed from ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’ was breathtaking scenery. A case in point is Mount Fuji, which boasts a uniquely symmetrical cone and stunning elegance.

It can be seen from Yokohama – the scene of Corinthians’ 1-0 win over Chelsea in the final – and Tokyo, where Mount Fuji is, at sunset, overlooking in the above picture. 

Its country’s largest mountain, Mount Fuji is an active volcano and is gorgeously snow-capped for several months per year. It is also an iconic symbol of Japan which fills its people with pride.

Something else that makes the Japanese very proud is playing host to club football’s biggest fixture. The nation staged every Intercontinental Cup following its reversion from a two-legged tie to a single-match decider (1980-2001 in Tokyo and 2002-04 in Yokohama) and has now hosted six of the FIFA Club World Cups nine editions. And with its wonderfully welcoming inhabitants and excellent organisation, Japan once again did an outstanding job in 2012.

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