SHIZUOKA, 25 Sep - Taking the scalp of pool favourites is one thing for which Japan will always be remembered in the Rugby World Cup. Four years on from their famous win over South Africa in Brighton, they are hoping Ireland will be next on the list in Shizuoka.
One major difference is that rival teams are taking more serious notice of Japan than four years ago. But hooker Shota Horie, above, says his confidence in the Brave Blossoms' preparation for the toughest encounters has not changed.
"All the things that Jamie (Joseph) has taught us in the last four years, I'm confident if we can do that, it will be fine. In that aspect it's very similar to 2015 (under Eddie Jones)," he said. "Different head coach, different approach, so slight differences there but the big picture is the same.
"But compared with four years ago I'm very composed, relaxed, and that's maybe why I think the team's going well."
Hosts Japan had to deal with the nerves caused by playing the opening match of the tournament against Russia, when they dropped high punts deep in their own half early on and found themselves trailing.
Horie, 33, says there is only so much he can do as a forward. "High balls are up to the backs, it's how we can help as forwards. I'm not that worried because they've spilled them so much against Russia they'll be fired up to catch them.
"As long as we show what we've been doing (in training), we believe we can win."
Lomano Lemeki starred for Japan at the 2016 Rio Olympics in rugby sevens and, although the Auckland-born wing could not register a try against Russia, his blistering pace down the left caused all sorts of problems for their opponents.
The 30-year-old warns not to discount Japan shocking the sporting world for the second tournament running, even against players of the quality of Irish half-backs Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton.
"They are key players. I don't know whether they are going to be on the field or not but if they are there, they want to take control," he said. "They are like the head coaches of the team. We want to frustrate them in the tackle."
His prediction for the game was bold but to the point. "I think we'll win by 33-20. Why? Because we train hard, and Sexton is not 100 per cent."