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Fujiyoshida Host Town Promotion Event “Omoide France”

Fujiyoshida was designated as an Olympic Host Town for France in June 2016.Following designation, the city has hosted the French national rugby team to train prior to the HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series in Kitakyushu, the 2019 Rugby World Cup, and Tokyo Olympics, and has organized ceremonies, public practices, school visits and much more during each stay. 【Exchanges with the French National Rugby Team】Fujiyoshida hosted …


Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: French Female Rugby Sevens have a public practice during their pre-tournament training camp!

The French Female Rugby Sevens prepared for the Tokyo 2020 Games at their pre-tournament training camp in Fujiyoshida City. Their training camp lasted July 11-26, and on Sunday, July 18 and Thursday, July 22, the team’s practice was opened to the public following strict COVID-19 prevention guidelines. Social distancing was enforced to ensure that there was no direct contact between players and spectators. Spectators were instructed …


Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: Reception for the French Female Rugby Sevens during their Pre-tournament Training Camp

The French Female Rugby Sevens prepared for the Tokyo 2020 Games at their pre-tournament training camp in Fujiyoshida City. Their training camp lasted July 11-26 and on July 17 (Saturday), the city hosted a welcome reception for the team. The Fujisan Kaen Taiko Drumming Troupe which had previous exchanges with team performed at the reception. Though in previous years, players and staff were invited on stage …


Cultural Exchange at Pre-Games Camp in Hachimantai City (Rwanda)

Rwandan athletes enjoy traditional Japanese culture. On July 14, on their way back to the hotel, the Rwandan team was able to witness a dashi, festival float, used in several festivals in Hachimantai. While they were only able to see from their windows, they enjoyed the sight of the large dashi being pulled by many people and was able to briefly experience traditional Japanese culture. A …


Local students interacted with the Rwandan Olympic Team online!

 A cooking project was conducted at the Tairadate High School in Hachimantai City, northern Iwate, in collaboration with African countries organized by the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Committee. The project aims to give athletes from various countries an opportunity to experience Japanese hospitality, or omotenashi, through food at their host towns and also create a legacy between the host town and their partner country. Students from …


Spanish and Portuguese canoe slalom Olympians trained at the pre-game campsite in Oshu

A pre-games training was held at the Oshu-Isawa River Canoe Competition Venue in Oshu City, Iwate Prefecture, where Olympians from Portugal (June 27 ~ July 7, 2021) and Spain (July 4 ~ July 7, 2021) worked on their final physical adjustments ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The pre-games training camp was made possible for both national teams when the Spanish team introduced the venue …

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The Tokyo 2020 Games Begin! Learn About Saitama Prefecture, Hosting Four Events for the Games, in an Online Pamphlet for Foreign Press

Four events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (basketball, football, golf, and shooting) and one event for the Paralympic Games (shooting) will be held in Saitama Prefecture. Saitama Prefecture has released an online pamphlet for members of the foreign press, particularly those reporting on the events being held there, so you can learn facts and trivia about Saitama in a compact form. The pamphlet is full …

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Saitama Prefectural citizens support foreign athletes and games-related personnel during Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Games “Online Exchange @ Saitama”

The Saitama Prefectural Government is holding online exchange events with Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games-related personnel and athletes from overseas. Unfortunately, due to the effects of COVID-19 (New Coronavirus) foreign athletes will not be able to receive in-person support at their event venues by spectators from their home countries, and will not be able to enjoy interacting directly with the Japanese public. Consequently, in order …


High school students in Morioka got to try food from Mali

The city of Morioka in Iwate Prefecture, northern Japan, is the only city in Japan registered as a host town for the Republic of Mali. The city will also host a training camp for the sports of judo for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.On December 17, 2020, six students from the Morioka Daini High School were able to enjoy a taste of Malian cuisine, such as …


Miyako students enjoy Namibian cuisine

Miyako City in Iwate Prefecture is designated as a host town for Republic of Namibia. On December 10, 2020, Namibian dish of “schnitzel” made with pork was served at school lunch. All elementary and junior high school students in Miyako enjoyed Namibian dish. Sakiyama Junior High School invited Mrs. Frederika Sasaki, a native of Namibia, as a cultural lecturer for the class about the climate, cuisine, …

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