On Semptember 6, 2014, the 28th International Taishan Festival took place on Mount Tai, in which over ten thousand contestants from 18 countries and regions participated. However, before the competition started, an event happened which deeply hurt the feelings of all the Chinese people. At that time, over 40 people from our group were taking pictures, so their cameras caught this disturbing incident.
At around 8 am, before the opening ceremony of the climbing contest, a 30-year-old man who declared to be from Tianjin suddenly put on a T-shirt with the emblem of the “Navy of the Great Japanese Empire” printed on it, making an open display of Japanese imperialism!
At once the athletes taking part in the contest stepped forward and questioned him. Instantly the man was surrounded by a crowd. But the man provoked them, made a fuss (he spoke Chinese fluently!). An athlete (from Tai’an) stepped forward and tore apart his shirt, and the man was about to beat him. The police officers on duty intervened and prevented the situation from escalating further. Due to the criticism of the people, the man put on a coat borrowed from the staff, while the people trampled on his T-shirt with the logo of the imperial Japanese navy!
However, the man shamelessly said that he wore this kind of clothes in Japan and didn’t imagine it was a problem to wear them in China! He also said that he grew up in Japan. He then yelled at us: “Why are you people taking pictures of me?” If the comrades of the police hadn’t been there, today he would have been beaten up. Especially elder people couldn’t control their anger. When he left, he cursed us.
Everyone please remember this ugly face!