"The turning point of the game was undoubtedly the staggeringly powerful shot hit by Hongo...."
-- match report Japan v Nigeria, Daily Prophet, 10 June 2014 (Pm)
Japan won their first match against a relatively inexperienced Polish side. Their quarter-final was against the Nigerian National Team, which was won after Hongo’s precision hit Bludger shattered the tail of Nigerian Seeker Samuel Equiano’s broom (something it shouldn’t have been able to do) (Pm).
Bulgaria then beat Japan in “a display of utterly thrilling Quidditch” during the semi-finals, although Shingo and Hongo had dominated much of the game. The Japanese had to settle for a match against the United States to determine third place overall, where they won with a final score of 330 points to 120 (Pm).
Precision aim, artistic and creative flair hitting a Bludger and the ability to dominate a Quidditch game by defensive prowess
Other canon notes and references
Masaki is a common given name in Japan and can be either male or female (Wikipedia).
Hongo probably comes from Hongō (本郷), a district of Tokyo (Wikipedia).
Lexicon list of Beaters
From the Web
Writing by J.K. Rowling on Pottermore:
- History of the Quidditch World Cup
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup reports
- 2014 Quidditch World Cup final
- The Daily Prophet
Pottermore enhanced reading experience: Quidditch World Cup
Screenshots of the original Daily Prophet coverage of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup on Pottermore: Imgur archive
Harry Potter Wiki: Masaki Hongo