Japan ran in four tries with some dazzling rugby before holding off Scotlands second-half revival to win a thriller 28-21 and qualify as pool winners
Some results deserve to be lit up in neon and this historic victory for Japan was one of them. Never before has any team from Asia reached the quarter-finals of a Rugby World Cup, let alone played such an inspirational brand of rugby. This was not just an emotional occasion for the host nation but an electrifying moment for the global game as a whole.
Because this was finally the day when the patronising tier two label still used by some to denote Japans status in the sport officially ceased to exist. As was the case against Ireland, the Brave Blossoms were irresistible at times and were more than good value for their four-try success against a Scotland team who, for only the second time, are going home before the knockout stages commence.
Japan now face South Africa in the last eight on Sunday, four years on from their famous 2015 win against the Springboks in Brighton.
The backdrop to the whole occasion made this arguably even more special. Less than 12 hours earlier the fixture had still been in serious doubt, with Japan still reeling from the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis that had left both death and destruction in its wake. Rugby, at such times, is usually an afterthought but Jamie Josephs inspiring team are providing their nation with at least a measure of solace.
And it was Scotland who were on the receiving end. It was less a case of them playing or defending poorly and more another object lesson in Japanese excellence.
The wing Kenki Fukuoka, scorer of the try that skewered the Irish, added two more big-occasion tries to his collection and he and his teammates led 28-7 at one stage before Gregor Townsends side mounted a valiant second-half fightback.
Any team in the world would have loved to play as Japan did in the first half. Quick, smart, precise and innovative they were a credit to Joseph and his long-time coaching partner Tony Brown and rapidly forced Scotland into damage limitation mode. Despite an encouraging early score by Finn Russell, who had almost set up Darcy Graham for a try a few moments previously, the hosts were a red and white blur of constant motion and their three first-half tries were all out of the top drawer.