The Japanese nails

Japanese Princess Takamado, patron of the Japan Football Association, shows her manicured nails during a reception hosted by German Embassy in Japan to celebrate the successful completion of a yearlong event "German Year in Japan 2005-2006" in March and the upcoming opening of World Cup Germany 2006 in June at a Tokyo hotel Wednesday, May 24, 2006. The princess wore a football-designed ring and watch and her nails were manicured in blue, Japan's World Cup team's symbol color, red and white of Japan's national flag as well as black, red and yellow of Japan football Association's flag to show her support of the Japan team. Japan will play against Australia, Brazil and Croatia in Group F during the World Cup opening round. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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A cut above the rest
A soccer fan in Xi'an, China's northwest province of Shaanxi, has his hair shaved in a football pattern in anticipation of the start of the 2006 FIFA World Cup.