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From Fukushima Prefecture, the Waraji Matsuri.Jan 04, 2020
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From Fukushima Prefecture, the Waraji Matsuri is mainly an evening parade of dancers wearing waraji straw sandals.Includes a giant golden waraji. Held on the first Fri. and Sat. of Aug. near Fukushima Station. 福島わらじまつり https://www.waraji.co.jp/Jan 04, 2020
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Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri 山形花笠まつり Jan 04, 2020
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Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri 山形花笠まつり Jan 04, 2020
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They danced along only part of the track. Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri 山形花笠まつり Jan 04, 2020
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From Yamagata Prefecture, Yamagata Hanagasa Matsuri, an evening dance festival held annually during Aug. 5 to 7. It's a flower hat (hanagasa) dance parade near JR Yamagata Station. 山形花笠まつり http://www.hanagasa.jp/en/Jan 04, 2020
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Morioka Sansa Odori Festival 盛岡さんさ踊りJan 04, 2020
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Morioka Sansa Odori Festival 盛岡さんさ踊りJan 04, 2020
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Morioka Sansa Odori Festival 盛岡さんさ踊りJan 04, 2020
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Next was the Morioka Sansa Odori dance festival from Morioka, Iwate Prefecture. It's a large-sacle evening street dance held near JR Morioka Station on Aug. 1 to 4. 盛岡さんさ踊り http://www.sansaodori.jp/foreign/english.phpJan 04, 2020
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It started with the Kanto Festival from Akita Prefecture (same place where the Akita dog comes from). On both ends of the field, men in happi coats balanced tall paper lantern-bedecked bamboo poles, called kanto, on their shoulders, hand palms, or hips. These kanto symbolize rice plants. Akita Kanto Festival is held annually during Aug. 3 to 6 near JR Akita Station in Akita Prefecture. http://www.kantou.gr.jp/english/index.htm 竿灯まつりJan 04, 2020
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The culture part of the program featured a festival from each of the six prefectures in the Tohoku Region: Aomori, Akita, Yamagata, Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima Prefectures. They are all annual summer festivals. There's an emphasis on this region because it was where the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake hit Japan the hardest. The Japanese government also wants to call this the "Recovery Olympics."Jan 04, 2020
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At 6:30 pm, the Opening Act was the famous taiko drum troupe Kodo from Sado, Niigata. 鼓童https://www.kodo.or.jp/en/Jan 04, 2020
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It's an oval-shaped stadium with a track and field and partial, fixed roof. The track and field had taiko drums and kanto paper lantern poles on both ends.The seats have a random mosaic design in shades of green, Jan 04, 2020
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The name of the stadium's opening event was "Hello, Our Stadium." Two giant monitors were used to show live closeups of the performers.Jan 04, 2020
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The stadium was looking quite full. The stadium capacity is 60,000, but they announced that attendance for this event was 52,000.Jan 04, 2020
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Wheelchair space on 2nd tier concourse. Seats are for abled-bodied wheelchair companions. This space also has power outlets for recharging power/electric wheelchairs. Mounted on the ceiling is a cooling fan.Jan 04, 2020
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On 2nd tier, the incline is less than the 3rd tier. The drink holder is above the floor.Jan 04, 2020
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Seat numbers (without row number) are on the seat edge, not on the seat back. If there are people sitting, you cannot see the seat number.Jan 04, 2020
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2nd tier seats.Jan 04, 2020
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2nd tier seats, less steep than the 3rd tier.Jan 04, 2020
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Row and seat numbers on steps on 2nd tier.Jan 04, 2020
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End of corridor to seats.Jan 04, 2020
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Map of a block of seats on 2nd tier. Each block has two corridors/entrances. Enter the corridor closest to your seat.Jan 04, 2020
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Corridor to 2nd tier seats.Jan 04, 2020
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Extra space on 2nd tier concourse (3rd floor).Jan 04, 2020
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Comcession stand on 2nd tier concourse (3rd floor).Jan 04, 2020
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2nd tier concourse (3rd floor) does not have any crosswinds.Jan 04, 2020
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We all got a free face towel as a souvenir.Jan 04, 2020
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My seat, made of hard plastic. Jan 04, 2020
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In front of me, this person's head was slightly above my knees when I was sitting. A little kid sitting can easily kick the person's head in front. The drink holder is also on the floor. Jan 04, 2020
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My row on the 3rd tier. Hardly any room for a person to pass in front of people sitting. Not good when someone wants to get out and I'm shooting video of a precious moment on the field.Jan 04, 2020
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Spotlight fixture occupies three rows of 5 seats.Jan 04, 2020
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The 1st tier on the bottom has a gradual incline, the 2nd tier is steeper, and the 3rd tier is the steepest. Jan 04, 2020
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Awesome-looking roof. It also has loudspeakers.Jan 04, 2020
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Roof laden with wood.Jan 04, 2020
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Spectator seating is pretty much covered by the roof, but windy rain can still reach people. The stadium was looking quite full.Jan 04, 2020
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From the top row of seats in the stadium on the 3rd tier. Tier 3 has a steep 34˚ incline.The Tier 1 is more gradual at 20˚, and Tier 2 is 29˚. Lateral space was minimized, so it's quite cramped to move through the seats when people are sitting in them. And there's no walkway traversing the seating area on the cramped 3rd tier. Go back out to the concourse to move to another block.
The stadium was designed this way to keep the seats closer to the field. I must say, it is effective in that sense. The field looks closer and you get clear views with no heads in the way. In the old National Stadium, the top row was faraway from the field.
This top row is also right below the open-air part of the stadium and if it's windy and rainy, I would think people may get wet here. Must be cold in winter to sit here. But in summer, it might be cooler when there's a breeze.
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Third tier steps going up to the top row of the stadium. Above the top row is open-air. Steps are narrow and steep. Hold the hand rails.Jan 04, 2020
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The seats have a random mosaic design in shades of green, brown, and white. It makes it look like there are spectators even when the seats are empty.Jan 04, 2020
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At the end of the corridor is steps going down and up. Cramped spot where people tend to stop and try to figure out which way to go. If your seat is on the other side of the block, you should go back to the concourse and enter the corridor on the other side of the block.Jan 04, 2020
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Layout of a block of seats. The block numbers indicate the tier. 100s for the 1st tier (expensive seats), 200s, for the 2nd tie, and 300s here for the 3rd tier (cheap seats, ¥5000 for this event). Here, you should check your seat No.
If your seat No. is 111 to 124, enter on the left side of the block. If it's 125 to 138, go to the other corridor entrance on the right side of the block. The field is toward the top of this diagram (Row 1).
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Narrow corridor to Blocks 307 and 308 on tier 3. No wheelchair seating here. Jan 04, 2020
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Diaper-changing table.Jan 04, 2020
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Wash basin.Jan 04, 2020
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Semi-accessible toilet. (Too small for a wheelchair.) The wheelchair spaces had accessible toilets nearby.Jan 04, 2020
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Navigational map of the men's room. Mainly for visually impaired people, but I believe the braille is in Japanese.Jan 04, 2020
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Men's room, very clean.Jan 04, 2020
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Layout of seating blocks on the Main Stand on the 4th floor (Tier 3). Notice the many concession stands and restrooms. It may be confusing to see three seating tiers, but they are on different floors. The 1st tier is on the 1st floor, the 2nd tier is on the 2nd and 3rd floors, and the 3rd tier is on the 4th and 5th floors.Jan 04, 2020
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On the concourse, trash bins for burnables, plastics, and PET bottles.Jan 04, 2020
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Stairs to the 5th floor where there is an open-air concourse with potted plants (Sora no Mori). But it was closed.Jan 04, 2020
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View outside the concourse, looking toward Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and Sendagaya Station.Jan 04, 2020
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Outside the concourse. Jan 04, 2020
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A number of concession stands along the concourse, but long lines. I brought my own food and drinks, so I didn't bother to stand in line. No vending machines in the stadium. The cheapest drinks were ¥300.Jan 04, 2020
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Concourse on the 4th floor. This is open-air. Quite cold this day.Concourse on the 4th floor. This is open-air. Quite cold this day. I felt sorry for the staff who were working here, standing outside the corridor entrance to the seats.Jan 04, 2020
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Escalator to the upper floors.Jan 04, 2020
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The turnstile scanner machine (spare ones here).Jan 04, 2020
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The turnstile used a QR code scanner. Show the QR code on your ticket and the turnstile unlocks for you to pass through.Jan 04, 2020
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Gate A6 led to escalators going to the 4th floor. The admission ticket tells you which gate to go to.Jan 04, 2020
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Items not allowed: Knives, scissors (longer than 5.5 cm), poison, illicit drugs, flammable things, flares, fireworks, firecrackers, explosive items, oil, hammers, screwdrivers, chains, ice picks, glass bottles, cans, canned goods, raw eggs, and more. Plastic (PET) bottle drinks are allowed, but it may be subject to inspection.
Even this sign was not in English. So I guess they weren't expecting foreigners to attend this event.
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Entering Gate A for security check of our bags. Notice that Gate A branches off into smaller gates from A1 to A6. A1 goes to the 1st floor, A6 goes to the 4th floor.Jan 04, 2020
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The line moved quickly though. It took about 15 min. to get to the gate to go inside.Jan 04, 2020
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Long and winding line for Gate A.Jan 04, 2020
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We all had reserved seating so there was no rush to get to our seats. But there was this long line for Gate A that led to seats on all three tiers (1st to 4th floors) in this section on the Main Stand. The line wound back and forth four times before we headed for Gate A.Jan 04, 2020
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Gate B2.Jan 04, 2020
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Corporate sponsor booths.Jan 04, 2020
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Food stalls.Jan 04, 2020
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The stadium as seen from Gaien Gate.Jan 04, 2020
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The stadium as seen from Gaien Gate. This area is where they had food stalls and corporate sponsor booths.Jan 04, 2020
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Popular photo spot with the "National Stadium" sign. Near Gaien Gate.Jan 04, 2020
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Stadium's ticket box office. It was closed since tickets to this event was sold in advance. First you had to apply for the ticket lottery online. If you won a ticket in the lottery (held at least 3 times), you could pay for it by credit card or at a convenience store. The ticket lottery and website were in Japanese only and geared for Japan residents with a cell phone. Very puzzling since it effectively shut out overseas visitors from buying a ticket. I didn't see any foreigners in the crowd. And yet, the event MC kept mentioning how it was for all nationalities, abled-bodied and disabled, all genders, all ages, etc., etc. No event info in English at all.Jan 04, 2020
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Sendai Suzume Odori dance. Jan 04, 2020
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Sendai Suzume Odori dance.Jan 04, 2020
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Sendai Suzume Odori dance. Jan 04, 2020
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Sendai Suzume Odori dance. Jan 04, 2020
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Sendai Suzume Odori dance. Jan 04, 2020
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Sendai Suzume Odori dance. Jan 04, 2020
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Sendai Suzume Odori dance. They were also going to be part of the main program inside the stadium. 仙台すずめ踊り http://www.suzume-odori.com/Jan 04, 2020
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Outside Gate E, there was a short pre-event performance of the Sendai Suzume Odori dance from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. The Suzume Odori (Sparrow Dance) is held in late July near Sendai Station. They performed in front of Tanabata streamers for which Sendai is famous in early Aug. 仙台すずめ踊り http://www.suzume-odori.com/Jan 04, 2020
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Tanabata streamers from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. One event highlight was Tohoku festivals.Jan 04, 2020
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Stairs and escalator to the stadium's 2nd tier seats.Jan 04, 2020
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Stairs and escalator to the stadium's 2nd tier seats.Jan 04, 2020
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The stadium's design theme was "Forest Stadium." (杜のスタジアム). Lots of cedar lumber on the exterior. The wood came from all 47 prefectures and they point toward the place where they came from.Jan 04, 2020
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Stairs and escalator to the stadium's 2nd tier seats.Jan 04, 2020
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Looks like fire escape stairs, but they are normally used to exit the stadium. It was closed while people were entering the stadium (using escalators). The stairs were opened after the event ended.Jan 04, 2020
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This is where Hasegawa Roka's pair of fresco wall murals were in the old National Stadium's main stand. Saw it in May 2014 when I toured the old 1964 Olympic Stadium before it was torn down to make way for the new stadium.Jan 04, 2020
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Another fresco mosaic wall mural by Hasegawa Roka. The Greek Goddess of Victory, depicting "Honor." This was preserved and moved here from the old National Stadium. 「勝利の女神」Jan 04, 2020
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Mosaic wall mural of Nomi no Sukune, a legendary sumo wrestler posing as a victor. By pioneering artist Hasegawa Roka (長谷川路可 1897–1967). Jan 04, 2020
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Near Gate G, a large, fresco mosaic wall mural of Nomi no Sukune, a legendary sumo wrestler posing as a victor. By pioneering artist Hasegawa Roka (長谷川路可 1897–1967). This was preserved and moved here from the old National Stadium. So this work dates from 1964. 「野見宿禰」Jan 04, 2020
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Gate G, Aoyama GateJan 04, 2020
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Line to enter Gate H.Jan 04, 2020
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Line to enter Gate H.Jan 04, 2020
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Each gate had a bag checkpoint.Jan 04, 2020
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I walked completely around the stadium on the ground level outside.Jan 04, 2020
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It was the first time the stadium saw this many people.Jan 04, 2020
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Long line for the women's restroom on the ground floor. There are men's and women's restrooms on each floor. If the line is too long, just look for another one.
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This shows how far each train/subway station is.Jan 04, 2020
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The stadium grounds has four gates (Sendagaya Gate, Gaien Gate, etc.) from the direction of train/subway stations. This map shows how far each train/subway station is.The closest is JR Sendagaya Station (440 meters) and Kokuritsu Kyogijo subway station (130 meters).
The stadium itself has eight main entrances from A to H. These main entrances further branch off into smaller entrances such as A1, A2, etc., leading to different floors and seating blocks.
The stadium seating sections are labeled Main Stand, Back Stand, North Stand, and South Stand. Each stand comprise three inclined tiers of seating. The Main Stand is the prime section. Gate F is nearest to the Japan Olympic Museum where the Olympic rings are.
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Stadium gates opened at 2 pm, stadium seating opened at 4:30 pm, and the program started at 6:30 pm. Cold, overcast day, but fortunately, it didn't rain.Jan 04, 2020
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Approaching the Olympic Stadium. The white tent is where we had to show our tickets.Jan 04, 2020
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The new Olympic Stadium or "National Stadium" (Kokuritsu Kyogijo) was completed in Nov. 2019 and an opening event for the public called "Hello, Our Stadium" was held on Dec. 21, 2019.From Sendagaya Station, we could take a short cut past this Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium to the stadium.Jan 04, 2020
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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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USA fanOct 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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