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My short video of Rugby World Cup 2019 in Kumagaya, Argentina vs. USAOct 21, 2019
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Kumagaya Station platform had this cool sign.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Station Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Station had signboards introducing the 12 floats of the Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival in Japanese.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Station Oct 20, 2019
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Volunteers at Kumagaya Station saying goodbye.Oct 20, 2019
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Steps up to the train station.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Station still had the Uchiwa festival floats playing until 7:00 pm.Oct 20, 2019
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USA rugby fans taking a break.Oct 20, 2019
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Uchiwa festival float bid visitors goodbye.Oct 20, 2019
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Street banners for all the rugby nations to play in Kumagaya.Oct 20, 2019
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Paper lanterns.Oct 20, 2019
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Interactive rugby activity. Try to throw the ball into the target hole.Oct 20, 2019
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Beer booth's beer kegs. They were ordered to never run out of beer.Oct 20, 2019
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Rugby ball for Kumagaya.Oct 20, 2019
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Inside Kumagaya Rugby Museum.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Rugby MuseumOct 20, 2019
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Volunteer taking photo with a frame.Oct 20, 2019
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Lots of beer and food at the Kumagaya Fan Zone to watch rugby games.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Fan Zone to watch rugby games.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Fan Zone to watch rugby games.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Fan Zone to watch rugby games.Oct 20, 2019
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Spelling error above the security checkpoint.Oct 20, 2019
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Entrance to Kumagaya Fan Zone.Oct 20, 2019
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After getting off the bus, more volunteers saying goodbye with high-fives.Oct 20, 2019
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Volunteers on the street waving at buses.Oct 20, 2019
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People walking back to Kumagaya Station. Good exercise.Oct 20, 2019
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Shuttle bus with Olympic livery.Oct 20, 2019
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Shuttle bus back to Kumagaya Station.Oct 20, 2019
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Shuttle buses lined up six at a time. Very little waiting.Oct 20, 2019
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Shuttle buses.Oct 20, 2019
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First aid station not so busy. They probably had to take care of mostly drunk fans.Oct 20, 2019
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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).Oct 20, 2019
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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.Oct 20, 2019
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Volunteers give high-fives to spectators leaving.Oct 20, 2019
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Volunteers give high-fives to spectators leaving.Oct 20, 2019
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Way to the shuttle bus stop back Kumagaya Station.Oct 20, 2019
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Easy to get out.Oct 20, 2019
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Time to leave the building.Oct 20, 2019
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Players went around the stadium and bowed to fans.Oct 20, 2019
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End of game. USA lost.Oct 20, 2019
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The wave...Oct 20, 2019
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Sumo get-upOct 20, 2019
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Argentina rugby fanOct 20, 2019
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Stray ball in the stands. Kids are thrilled to catch it.Oct 20, 2019
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USA looks mean before the tackle.Oct 20, 2019
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Argentina scores a try.Oct 20, 2019
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Argentina scores a try.Oct 20, 2019
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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.Oct 20, 2019
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During halftime, volunteers tended the grass.Oct 20, 2019
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USA looking to pass the ball.Oct 20, 2019
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USA ball.Oct 20, 2019
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Argentina's ball.Oct 20, 2019
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The local kids proved to be a great cheering section.Oct 20, 2019
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The local kids occupied the cheap seats.Oct 20, 2019
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Argentina rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.Oct 20, 2019
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Argentina rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.Oct 20, 2019
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Argentina rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.Oct 20, 2019
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Argentina rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.Oct 20, 2019
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USA rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.Oct 20, 2019
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USA rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.Oct 20, 2019
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USA rugby team singing their national anthem at Kumagaya, Saitama.Oct 20, 2019
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Singing the national anthem for both USA and Argentina.Oct 20, 2019
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Argentina flag leads the Argentinian rugby players.Oct 20, 2019
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US flag leads the American rugby players.Oct 20, 2019
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The players appear on the pitch.Oct 20, 2019
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Argentina vs. USAOct 20, 2019
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Warm-up time for both teams.Oct 20, 2019
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A lewd, half-naked fan attracts the media.Oct 20, 2019
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Beautiful day for rugby.Oct 20, 2019
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Your seat is this way ma'am...Oct 20, 2019
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USA fansOct 20, 2019
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Lots of local kids cheered both teams/countries. Their uchiwa fans showed both teams' flags.Oct 20, 2019
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Good to see a beer girl selling soft drinks. For the those kids.Oct 20, 2019
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Lots of local kids came to cheer both teams/countries. Their uchiwa fans showed both teams' flags.Oct 20, 2019
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Local kids loved to interact with foreign visitors.Oct 20, 2019
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Lots of local kids came to cheer both teams/countries.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Rugby Stadium for USA v. Argentina on Oct.9, 2019. Rugby World Cup 2019Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Rugby Stadium for USA v. Argentina on Oct.9, 2019. Rugby World Cup 2019Oct 20, 2019
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"It's so nice to be a volunteer here, heh-heh! I'm happy with my assignment...."Oct 20, 2019
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"Where's my seat?" One moment, sir...Oct 20, 2019
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Steps to the stands.Oct 20, 2019
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Steps to the stands.Oct 20, 2019
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USA rugby fans.Oct 20, 2019
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In the stadium.Oct 20, 2019
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Find your gate on this map. Volunteer to help you. But no block numbers.Oct 20, 2019
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Before entering Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, there was a security check of bags. Couldn't bring in any drinks.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Sports and Culture Park map showing walking route from the bus stop to the stadium.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Sports and Culture ParkOct 20, 2019
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Sakura design rugby T-shirtOct 20, 2019
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A short walk to the stadium.Oct 20, 2019
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Bus stop near the rugby stadium.Oct 20, 2019
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Some of the shuttle buses had local RWC liveries.Oct 20, 2019
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Inside the shuttle bus.Oct 20, 2019
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Shuttle buses to the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium came and went continuously. Hardly any waiting. Very smooth.Oct 20, 2019
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To shuttle buses.Oct 20, 2019
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Walking toward the shuttle bus stop near the fan zone.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri float in front of the fan zone. Anybody could pose with the float.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri floats in front of the fan zone.Oct 20, 2019
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Matches to be shown at the Kumagaya rugby fan zone.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya rugby fan zone entrance. 10-min. walk from the station.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri float on the way to the bus stop and fan zone.Oct 20, 2019
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Volunteers show the way to the shuttle buses and fan zone.Oct 20, 2019
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Volunteers show the way to the shuttle buses and fan zone.Oct 20, 2019
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Volunteers show the way to the shuttle buses and fan zone.Oct 20, 2019
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Rugby ball monument in Kumagaya.Oct 20, 2019
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Argentina rugby fans.Oct 20, 2019
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USA rugby fans.Oct 20, 2019
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Rugby Town monument in front of Kumagaya Station.Oct 20, 2019
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Statue of famous warrior Kumagai Naozane (1141–1207) in front of Kumagaya Station, North Exit. 熊谷直実Oct 20, 2019
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Volunteers at Kumagaya Station show the way to the shuttle buses and fan zone.Oct 20, 2019
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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.Oct 20, 2019
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Volunteers give local information to foreign visitors.Oct 20, 2019
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Volunteers at Kumagaya Station give local information to foreign visitors.Oct 20, 2019
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Information booth inside JR Kumagaya Station was very busy.Oct 20, 2019
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JR Kumagaya Station with banners for Rugby World Cup 2019 nations that will play in Kumagaya.Oct 20, 2019
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JR Kumagaya Station notice to train travelers.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri float drummers. For this day, eight of the twleve Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri floats greeted visitors.Oct 20, 2019
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Kumagaya Uchiwa Matsuri float drummers.Oct 20, 2019
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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.Oct 20, 2019
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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.Oct 20, 2019
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The last race is the main attraction when the "Eight" is held with eight collegiate rowers on each boat racing on the river upstream for 3,750 meters. Waseda is the yellow boat, and Keio is dark blue.
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Waseda and Keio are also fierce rivals in other sports like baseball, soccer, and rugbJul 01, 2019
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The winning crew acknowledge cheers from the crowd.Jul 01, 2019
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Waseda cheerleaders saying "Otsukare!" (Good job!)Jul 01, 2019
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Waseda's cox (who controls the rudder) raising his arms in victory. They were crying, knowing how much pride and honor they have bestowed to their school.Jul 01, 2019
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After 12 min. 49.64 sec., Waseda squeaked by Keio to win. Here they are after winning. Jul 01, 2019
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The cheering section had a large video monitor showing the status of the two boats with 8 crew each. People here were cheering loudly non-stop during the entire race.Jul 01, 2019
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For last and main race of the day, Waseda and Keio's best collegiate rowers raced 3,750 meters upstream on Sumida River. Both cheering sections got very loud. (This is Waseda which also has male cheerleaders.)
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The finish line was at Sakura Bridge near Asakusa. Elderly alumni spectators on Sakura Bridge sang the school song spontaneously. Jul 01, 2019
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In Japan, rowing is still a niche sport and not a popular spectator sport. It doesn't get much national press coverage. These are alumni rowers.Jul 01, 2019
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Waseda's cheer squad performed in front of Keio, and vice versa. Jul 01, 2019
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Next to Sakura Bridge was the main cheering section for both Waseda (left) and Keio on the right. Surprised to see them sitting together, but it later made sense.Jul 01, 2019
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Saw the Waseda-Keio Regatta for the first time on April 14, 2019. It lasts almost all day with numerous men's and women's rowing categories and age groups ranging from jr. high school to senior citizen alumni rowers.Jul 01, 2019
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Waseda-Keio Regatta is Japan's most famous collegiate rival regatta, similar to Oxford vs. Cambridge (The Boat Race) in the UK. Waseda and Keio (pronounced "Kay-oh") in Tokyo are two of Japan's most prestigious private universities and a few of their rowers make it to Japan's Olympic rowing team. Jul 01, 2019
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Tokyo Skytree is the backdrop for Sumida River, Tokyo's most famous and storied river. This part of the river is near Asakusa. In mid-April, longtime rivals Waseda University and Keio University hold their annual Sokei Regatta (早慶レガッタ).Sokei Regatta (早慶レガッタ) is the Waseda-Keio Regatta held here on Sumida River. (At Keio University, it's usually called the "Keio-Waseda Regatta.")Jul 01, 2019
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In May 2019, the giant kite celebrated the new Reiwa Era by having the kanji characters for Reiwa on the giant kite.Jul 01, 2019
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The site is a riverside park. They fly the giant kite a few times each day depending on the wind. Photos were taken on May 5, 2019.Jul 01, 2019
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Held annually on May 4 and 5 along the Sagami River from 10 am to 4 pm. Nearest train station is Sobudaishita Station on the JR Sagami Line (20-min. walk to the festival site). They have shuttle buses from the train station to festival site, but I walked.Jul 01, 2019
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