Rugby World Cup 2019™ Pre-event (one year before)
Talk shows and the inauguration of the special city supporters are held at the event called “Rugby World Cup 2019 Pre-event (exactly one year before the Rugby World Cup 2019)
This event was held September 23rd, 2018 at Ginza’s Sukiyabashi intersection, also called Ginza Sony Park. Along with the inauguration, there was a rugby experience event held by professional rugby players and the prefectural governor Yuriko Koike. A professional cameraman was set up for a commemorative photo and fans could experience rugby hands on. With these fun filled events, many fans and viewers stopped by and got excited for the Rugby World Cup 2019 (RWC2019).
With the event starting at 10:30 A.M., comedian Ken Watabe, actress Hirona Yamazaki, pro rugby player Kensuke Fukuyama were chosen as special city supporters by the Lieutenant Governor Junko Inokuma by presenting them with a special business card and sash.
At 11:00, after the inauguration event, the 3 new supporters head down underground to the event space on floor B3 for a talk show. Ken Watabe talked about his fascination with rugby from a very young age when his father used to take him to games, Hirona Yamazaki appealed to women and young people to come out and watch more rugby and Kensuke Fukuyama passionately told everyone about his current status as a player and the great and wonderful things that rugby has to offer.
Outside and on the ground floor B3, kids up to elementary school age were able to enjoy passing, lift up and tackling at the great rugby experience area of the event. They were really able to get into and enjoy themselves.
The Tokyo sports ambassador character Yurito along with a character from Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamon, and rugby character Ragamaru join the event for some fun and games.
A professional cameraman was on-site to present to attendees with a limited time commemorative photo frame and photo! If uploaded the Social Media with the hashtags #tokyo and #rwc2019 your picture may be chosen for the official homepage!
At 2 P.M., another talk shows starts with Kiyoshi Imazumi, a former professional rugby player and current rugby commentator along with Hirona Yamazaki. Together they talked about the origin and history of rugby and the shape of the rugby ball.
At 3 P.M., CanCam (magazine) held a talk show with CanCam models Chay and Naomi Trauden on the fashion do’s and don’ts for girls supporting rugby.
You can find out more about the model talk show below.
Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo, rushes onto the scene. While listening to Kiyoshimi Imazumi, the governor got to experience rugby with the top league Hino Red Dolphins players. The crowd went wild as she threw a perfect pass to a lifted up player.
Tokyo’s governor finished things off by telling everyone “Let’s cheer for the RWC2019 not as if it’s once every 4 years, but once in a lifetime.”