With the World Cup just around the corner, Japanese supporters can purchase all kinds of tournament related paraphernalia, ranging from T-shirts to teacups, and bras to breeches.
Yet for the truly fevered football fan hell-bent on forking out a fortune, department store Takashimaya has a ball for sale made of pure gold. And at 22 centimetres in diameter it’s the same size as the conventional balls set to be used in Germany, although weighing in at 3 kilogrammes, it is somewhat heavier.
Plus a little more expensive, boasting a price tag of just over 20 million yen (95,500 pound).
However due to a spate of injuries, including several stubbed toes and a chronic case of concussion, Takashimaya has been forced to issue warnings concerning usage of the product — particularly in regards to heading.
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