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Two organisations, Queensland and Kochi connected by softball

Kochi Prefecture has hosted a training camp for the Australian softball team “Softball Queensland” in August 2019. Softball Queensland is a select team of the State of Queensland directed by Mr Fabian Barlow, a former head coach of Australia women’s national softball team. A total of 18 people, including 14 junior players selected from the state, has visited Kochi prefecture, which is known as “Softball Prefecture” …

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Making Fujiyoshida the “Sacred Land of Rugby” ~How to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Pre-Tournament Training a Success~ 【Building Momentum During the RWC Games】 (Part ⑥)

Fujiyoshida City has implemented numerous exchange projects with France, its partner nation in the Olympic Host Town program. For more on our city’s promotion and marketing leading up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan see here.  Here we will introduce how we built local support and excitement during the actual tournament. We hope to use our experience in implementing previous campaigns to similarly promote …

International Exchange

Making Fujiyoshida the “Sacred Land of Rugby” ~How to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Pre-Tournament Training a Success~ 【Building Momentum Ahead of the RWC Games】 (Part ⑤)

Fujiyoshida City has implemented numerous exchange projects with France, its partner nation in the Olympic Host Town program. One such project, our city’s designation as the Team Camp for the French National Team during the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, involved considerable promotion and marketing to stir excitement locally for both the tournament and the camp.Prior to the games, a large banner was hung at …

International Exchange

Cultural exchange through video letters between Morioka and the Canadian Olympic team

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games postponed and in-person events with the Canadian Olympic national team (Rugby Sevens & Water Polo) unable to be held due to the novel coronavirus situation, the city of Morioka has launched a new type of exchange, as a method to continue host town relations, by sending each other video letters via social media. In April, the city created …

Culture/Tourism/Food

Making Fujiyoshida the “Sacred Land of Rugby” ~How to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Pre-Tournament Training a Success~ 【RWC2019 Official Team Camp Public Engagement】 (Part ④)

As the French National Team wrapped up their Preliminary Team Camp and moved into their Official Team Camp training, they were kind enough to participate in some cultural exchange programs with residents of our city during their limited free time as they prepared diligently for their first game. We are incredibly grateful to the French National Team for their generosity. ・For more information regarding the Official …

Culture/Tourism/Food

Making Fujiyoshida the “Sacred Land of Rugby” ~How to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Pre-Tournament Training a Success~ 【RWC2019 Preliminary Team Camp Public Engagement】 (Part ③)

The long anticipated arrival of the French National team ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup kicked off a 12 day training period here in Fujiyoshida City. ・ For more information regarding the Preliminary Team Camp, click here・ For more information regarding the Official Team Camp, click here In between practices, the French National Team was gracious enough to engage with the local community. The public …

International Exchange

Making Fujiyoshida the “Sacred Land of Rugby” ~How to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Pre-Tournament Training a Success~ (Part ②)

Following August 2016 when the application process to become an Official Team Camp for the Rugby World Cup 2019™ began, Fujiyoshida City (in partnership with Fujikawaguchiko Town) has worked tirelessly to secure a bid. ・What is an “Official Team Camp”?This term refers to the region officially designated by the Rugby World Cup organization as the site where a team stays and trains during the tournament. An …

International Exchange

“Making Fujiyoshida the ‘Sacred Land of Rugby’ ~How to make the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Pre-Tournament Training a Success”【RWC2019 Prelimary Team Camp Agreement】(Part ①)

Fujiyoshida City has implemented countless exchange programs with France as its designated Olympic Host Town during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Here we introduce one such program and our work with the French National Team leading up to the Rugby World Cup 2019™ in Japan. On March 12, 2018 Fujiyoshida City signed its preliminary agreement with the French Rugby Federation establishing it as the Preliminary Team Camp …

Culture/Tourism/Food

Hachimantai City and Rwanda – An international exchange through sports and the Japanese gentian flower

Hachimantai City is where the Rwandan Olympic team will stay as their host town during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. Cultural exchanges between the two regions began when they were experimenting the growth of the Japanese gentian on Rwandan soil, which eventually lead to Hachimantai City being selected as the host town for Rwanda. In order to promote international exchanges with Rwanda, the city …

Local Industry

Introducing Fujiyoshida Textiles to the World with the Paris Opera Ballet PART②

As an Olympic Host Town, Fujiyoshida City has strived to implement a wide range of social, economic and cultural exchanges with the nation of France. One component of the Host Town exchange plan was the promotion of locally produced textiles to a global audience. In Part① we introduced the creation process of the actual costumes. In Part ② we want to delve into the various cultural …

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