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World Cup: Colombian dishes served ahead of Japan clash

Japanese schools have come up with novel ideas of serving food of countries, including hosts Brazil, playing World Cup matches with Japan in Group C.

TOKYO: Japan will take on Colombia in their final World Cup Group C match in the early hours of Wednesday.

The match will decide whether Japan will remain in Brazil or pack up and head home.

While most think it is a tall order, back in Tokyo, the World Cup fever is still high.

Channel NewsAsia visited a school that has prepared a special reception ahead of the Samurai Blues' final mission.

It's Colombian cuisine for students at Meguro Chuo Junior High School.

They include ajiaco, a hearty stew (soup) of potato and corn, and arroz con pollo or chicken rice -- seasoned and cooked with Japanese ingredients.

Japanese schools have come up with novel ideas of serving food of countries, including hosts Brazil, playing World Cup matches with Japan in Group C.

Students at the local public school get their first taste of the Colombian dishes.

Hiroto Masuda, a student, said: "It's aromatic with pepper. It's delicious."

But it wasn't an easy task preparing the special Colombian lunch.

Hitomi Anzai, a nutritionist, said: "For those cooking the meal, it's about preparing for 620 students, something we've never tried before, so it's hard work, hard work for all of us."

Syozo Morita, Principal of Meguro Chuo Junior High School, said: "There are many countries around the world. We're doing this as part of our education to enhance understanding of the world."

Sports may bring nations together.

But come 5am Tokyo time, Syozo Morita and his students will clearly be cheering for just one team.

Hiroto Masuda said: "It's the last game for Japan. If it doesn't win this game it won't advance, so I think the team will fight with all their might."

Kano Yokoyama, a student, said: "They're small but they will utilise that smallness to win."

If Japan progress to the round of 16, the school could well be serving up more celebratory dishes of other countries. 

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