Japan's Samurai Blue enter the 2014 World Cup in good spirits. They are the best Asia has to offer and boast the best selection of players they have ever had at their disposal.
While they exited last summer's Confederations Cup without a win to their name, they severely troubled both Italy and Mexico. With a few fresh faces improving that side, there is reason for optimism this summer.
Drawn in a group devoid of traditional footballing heavyweights, there will be hope among Alberto Zaccheroni's side that they can at least match the country's best-ever performance in qualifying for the round of 16. Many believe that, if they can solve their defensive issues, they could go even further.
Whatever their results, Japan will stick to their firm belief in fast, attacking football. They have technically gifted players at their disposal and will be sure to entertain.
Just how far can their free-flowing approach to the game carry them?