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Rugby World Cup 2019 was held at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium in Kumagaya, Saitama Prefecture. Argentina vs. USA on Oct. 9, 2019. Kumagaya Station greeted visitors with festival music played on ornate floats.
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Two Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri floats were parked outside JR Kumagaya Station to delight rugby spectators. Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri is held in July with 12 ornate floats with musicians.
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri float drummers. For this day, eight of the twleve Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri floats greeted visitors.
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri float drummers.
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JR Kumagaya Station with banners for Rugby World Cup 2019 nations that will play in Kumagaya.
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JR Kumagaya Station notice to train travelers.
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Information booth inside JR Kumagaya Station was very busy.
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Volunteers at Kumagaya Station give local information to foreign visitors.
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Volunteers give local information to foreign visitors.
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Volunteers at Kumagaya Station show the way out of the train station. From the station, it ws a 15-min. walk to the bus stop to ride free shuttle buses to the rugby stadium.
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Volunteers at Kumagaya Station show the way to the shuttle buses and fan zone.
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Statue of famous warrior Kumagai Naozane (1141–1207) in front of Kumagaya Station, North Exit. 熊谷直実
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Rugby Town monument in front of Kumagaya Station.
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USA rugby fans.
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Argentina rugby fans.
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Rugby ball monument in Kumagaya.
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Volunteers show the way to the shuttle buses and fan zone.
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Volunteers show the way to the shuttle buses and fan zone.
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Volunteers show the way to the shuttle buses and fan zone.
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri float on the way to the bus stop and fan zone.
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Kumagaya rugby fan zone entrance. 10-min. walk from the station.
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Matches to be shown at the Kumagaya rugby fan zone.
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri floats in front of the fan zone.
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri float in front of the fan zone. Anybody could pose with the float.
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Walking toward the shuttle bus stop near the fan zone.
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To shuttle buses.
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Shuttle buses to the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium came and went continuously. Hardly any waiting. Very smooth.
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Inside the shuttle bus.
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Some of the shuttle buses had local RWC liveries.
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Bus stop near the rugby stadium.
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A short walk to the stadium.
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Sakura design rugby T-shirt
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Kumagaya Sports and Culture Park
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Kumagaya Sports and Culture Park map showing walking route from the bus stop to the stadium.
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Before entering Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, there was a security check of bags. Couldn't bring in any drinks.
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Find your gate on this map. Volunteer to help you. But no block numbers.
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In the stadium.
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USA rugby fans.
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Steps to the stands.
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Steps to the stands.
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"Where's my seat?" One moment, sir...
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"It's so nice to be a volunteer here, heh-heh! I'm happy with my assignment...."
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Kumagaya Rugby Stadium for USA v. Argentina on Oct.9, 2019. Rugby World Cup 2019
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Kumagaya Rugby Stadium for USA v. Argentina on Oct.9, 2019. Rugby World Cup 2019
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Lots of local kids came to cheer both teams/countries.
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Local kids loved to interact with foreign visitors.
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Lots of local kids came to cheer both teams/countries. Their uchiwa fans showed both teams' flags.
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Lots of local kids cheered both teams/countries. Their uchiwa fans showed both teams' flags.
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Good to see a beer girl selling soft drinks. For the those kids.
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USA fan
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USA fans
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Your seat is this way ma'am...
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Beautiful day for rugby.
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A lewd, half-naked fan attracts the media.
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Warm-up time for both teams.
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Argentina vs. USA
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The players appear on the pitch.
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US flag leads the American rugby players.
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Argentina flag leads the Argentinian rugby players.
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Singing the national anthem for both USA and Argentina.
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USA rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.
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USA rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.
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USA rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.
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Argentina rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.
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Argentina rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.
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Argentina rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.
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Argentina rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.
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The local kids occupied the cheap seats.
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The local kids proved to be a great cheering section.
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Argentina's ball.
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USA ball.
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USA looking to pass the ball.
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During halftime, volunteers tended the grass.
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Beer girl selling beer to spectators. Same as at pro baseball games in Japan. Except that only one beer brand was availalble here.
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Argentina scores a try.
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Argentina scores a try.
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USA looks mean before the tackle.
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Stray ball in the stands. Kids are thrilled to catch it.
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Argentina rugby fan
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My short video of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Kumagaya, Argentina vs. USA
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Sumo get-up
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The wave...
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End of game. USA lost.
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Players went around the stadium and bowed to fans.
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Time to leave the building.
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Easy to get out.
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Way to the shuttle bus stop back Kumagaya Station.
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Volunteers give high-fives to spectators leaving.
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Volunteers give high-fives to spectators leaving.
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Friendly volunteers bid visitors farewell. RWC volunteers were selected randomly from a large number of applicants. They got free uniforms and a backpack.
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Walk left for the shuttle bus stop or walk on the right to walk back to Kumagaya Station (50-min. walk or 3.5 km).
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First aid station not so busy. They probably had to take care of mostly drunk fans.
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Shuttle buses.
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Shuttle buses lined up six at a time. Very little waiting.
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Shuttle bus back to Kumagaya Station.
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Shuttle bus with Olympic livery.
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People walking back to Kumagaya Station. Good exercise.
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Volunteers on the street waving at buses.
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After getting off the bus, more volunteers saying goodbye with high-fives.
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Entrance to Kumagaya Fan Zone.
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Spelling error above the security checkpoint.
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Kumagaya Fan Zone to watch rugby games.
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Kumagaya Fan Zone to watch rugby games.
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Kumagaya Fan Zone to watch rugby games.
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Lots of beer and food at the Kumagaya Fan Zone to watch rugby games.
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Volunteer taking photo with a frame.
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Kumagaya Rugby Museum
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Inside Kumagaya Rugby Museum.
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Rugby ball for Kumagaya.
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Beer booth's beer kegs. They were ordered to never run out of beer.
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Interactive rugby activity. Try to throw the ball into the target hole.
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Paper lanterns.
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Street banners for all the rugby nations to play in Kumagaya.
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Uchiwa festival float bid visitors goodbye.
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USA rugby fans taking a break.
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Kumagaya Station still had the Uchiwa festival floats playing until 7:00 pm.
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Steps up to the train station.
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Volunteers at Kumagaya Station saying goodbye.
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Kumagaya Station
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Kumagaya Station had signboards introducing the 12 floats of the Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival in Japanese.
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Kumagaya Station
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Kumagaya Station platform had this cool sign.
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