Ritsu Doan Parents Are Japanese
Ritsu Doan and his Japanese parents live 5000 miles away from each other. His parents raised three kids.
The winger was raised by his parents in a city historically known to be the residence of the Japanese working class called Amagasaki. At 19, he left his hometown and traveled to Holland to experience European football at F.C. Groningen.
He makes sure to FaceTime his parents every two to three times a week. They were the ones who encouraged him to go outside and play football at a young age.
On May 12, 2019, when he scored against Fortuna Sittard, he dedicated his goal to his father, whose birthday falls on the same date. If it weren't for his parents' encouragement to pursue him to play outside, we probably would've never seen Doan in a football jersey.
In his interview with the Bundesliga website in 2020, the 24-year-old revealed his life back home in Japan. At the time, Ritsu was on loan with the German side Arminia Bielefeld.
It was his first stint in Bundesliga, and earlier this season he fully committed his future to the Bundesliga side S.C. Freiburg. The Japanese player revealed that whenever he visits his parents, they enjoy karaoke together, which is a tradition for every Japanese family.