The Asahi Shimbun, the English-speaking Japanese newspaper, was gloriously impartial in its coverage as it reflected on a night of glory that left both countries in a state of euphoria.
"Asian fans are equally hysterical" announced the headline, reflecting on the joy in Korea and Japan.
Fans, who in both countries had flirted with the showpiece with a courteous enthusiasm, were suddenly locked in a full embrace with the World Cup.
In Saitama, where England played Sweden, the atmosphere built hours before the game and the Japanese national flag, the Hinomaru, was on show all over the ground.
"Welcome to blue heaven" screamed one banner - and the Japanese fans almost were in heaven, only for Junichi Inamoto's goal to be ruled out.
Other headlines read "Supporters sail in sea of blue" and "Inamoto nets Japan's sweetest goal" after the country earned their first World Cup point.
In the spirit of co-operation, other headlines in the Japanese media read "Historic triumph for South Korea".
Even outside Saitama, Japanese fans gathered in other big cities to cheer on their heroes, with 1,800 people at the Osaka Dome in Nishi Ward to watch the Belgium game on three 600-inch widescreens.
In Sapporo, many flocked to the Sapporo Media Park Spica Dome to watch, making up for the fact that they have been unable to get tickets for the local matches played in their city.