An exclusive train designed especially for the upcoming Rugby World Cup in Japan was inaugurated. This special edition train was unveiled to reporters at Kamaishi station in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. It will begin its operations in September.
This is an endeavour towards all the preparations that Japan is making to host the sporting event. Rugby World Cup 2019 kick starts from 20th September to 2nd November.
The train is operated by Sanriku Railway Company, a railway company in Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan. And is dubbed the “Scrum Iwate Fifteen.”
To prepare for this big sporting event, people from Iwate formed a Rugby team in August 2018 called the “Scrum Iwate Fifteen.”
This team is here to drum up fun and excitement amongst kids and adults throughout the prefecture towards the Kamaishi Rugby World Cup 2019.
The special edition train features 35 local PR mascots. These characters are popular in Iwate Prefecture and are dressed in red and white stripes which depicts Japan’s national Rugby team, the Brave Blossoms.
Kamaishi is one of the World Cup’s 12 host cities.
A tourist from Tochigi Prefecture to the south said that while she had only just learned of the train during her travels, she thinks it will “get people excited” for Asia’s first Rugby World Cup.
The head of World Cup promotion for the city of Kamaishi, Takashi Masaki, said he hopes the train “rouses even more excitement for the Rugby World Cup all over Iwate.”
Kamaishi is the same city which was devastated because of the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Now it’s trying to recuperate, and use the World Cup to showcase its recovery from natural calamities.
The newly built Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium opened its gates to the players last August. It will host two group-stage matches during the World Cup – Fiji vs. Uruguay on Sept. 25 and Namibia vs. Canada on Oct. 13.
As a warm-up, Japan’s team, the Brave Blossoms will take on Fiji in Kamaishi on July 27 in their first match of the Pacific Nations Cup.