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Making Fujiyoshida the “Sacred Land of Rugby” ~How to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Pre-Tournament Training a Success~ 【RWC2019~Extra②】

Fujiyoshida City has served as the training camp for the French National Team during both the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and has developed several Host Town exchange programs leading up to both events. We’ve introduced several of our exchanges and events on this site, but we still often get questions from locals such as “what is a Host Town anyway?” or …

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Making Fujiyoshida the “Sacred Land of Rugby” ~How to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Pre-Tournament Training a Success~ 【RWC2019~Extra①】

Fujiyoshida City was registered as the Olympic Host Town for France in June 2016 and has worked toward preparations for the French National Rugby Sevens’ pre-training camp leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. (See the 8 part series detailing the various efforts here.) In this post, we have included an additional anecdote from our time hosting the French National team during the 2019 Rugby …

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Continuing host town relations through letters (Tono, Iwate)

As part of a project by Japan Post to send letters between host towns, all students at the Tono-kita Elementary School wrote letters expressing their wishes that the coronavirus pandemic will resolve as soon as possible and that in-person international exchange events and cultural interactions will resume. The letters depicted various messages of support, some proudly writing an introduction of their hometown, and also a few …

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Messages of encouragement to Brazil from local students (Tono, Iwate)

Coach Fabio, who had visited the city in 2019 for a pre-game training camp for the Paralympic Football 5-a-side game, sent supportive messages to the local students after multiple sport competitions and events have been canceled due to the current impact of the novel coronavirus spreading across the country. In response, local students who have participated in the camp have created a video message to express …

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A step towards an intercultural society through the game of boccia (Tono, Iwate)

In order to realize an intercultural society that will most likely be sparked with the commencement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and to also promote various Paralympic sports, the city of Tono hosted an event to play a game of boccia at Tono Jr. High School and the Tono Campus of the Hanamaki Seifuu Special Education School in late June. Boccia is a type of …

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A video message for the French Rugby Federation

Fujiyoshida City was registered as the Olympic Host Town for France in June 2016 and has worked toward preparations for the French National Rugby Sevens’ training camp leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games ever since. The city also previously served as the Team Camp and pre-training site for the French national team, providing assistance and support during the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Unfortunately due …

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A collab project with Women’s Rugby Sevens Canada to promote disease preventive measures!

  With help from Women’s Rugby Sevens Canada team, the city of Morioka created a series of pop signs to encourage people to disinfect and wash their hands frequently. Each sign displays a picture of one of the three players from the Women’s Rugby Sevens in a pose. The created signs were then placed in various sections throughout the city hall and community centers to boost …

Culture/Tourism/Food

Town residents of Otsuchi learn more about Saudi Arabian culture.

Otsuchi Town, in the coast of Iwate Prefecture, received relief from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the form of a portion of free LP Gas for residents staying at temporary housings after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011. This exchange lead to the town being designated as Saudi Arabia’s “Arigato Host Town” for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. In July …

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Making Fujiyoshida the “Sacred Land of Rugby” ~How to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Pre-Tournament Training a Success~ 【RWC2019 Overview】(Final Part)

The Rugby World Cup 2019 lasted a month and half across twelve different venues across Japan, and on November 2, the games would come to an end as South Africa claimed their first victory in three years. The first Rugby World Cup to be held in Asia gained attention for reasons other than the actual games. From the Canadian and Namibian teams volunteering in relief efforts …

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Athletes from the Japanese national canoe slalom team train in Oshu City

From July 13-22, 2020, while availabilities of training venues have become limited due to the impact of the novel coronavirus, three prominent athletes from the Japanese national canoe slalom team, Haneda Takuya, lead C1 and bronze medalist at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games; Adachi Kazuya, Kayak Single paddler; and Yazawa Aki gathered to conduct training at the Isawa River Canoe Competition Venue in Oshu City. …

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