Exhibition on Japan Rugby History Starts in Britain


London, Nov. 19 (Jiji Press)--A special exhibition on the history of rugby in Japan has opened at the World Rugby Museum adjoining Twickenham Stadium in the London suburb known as a mecca for the sport.

On display are some 60 items, including rare rugby jerseys. The exhibition is set to continue until the end of August 2019, three weeks before the Sept. 20 start of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, the first in Asia.

Among the exhibits are a copy of a magazine published in 1874, in the early years of Japan's Meiji era, containing a sketch of a match between British teams held in what is now Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, and the 1904 jersey of the rugby team of Keio University.

Also showcased is the 1932 Japanese national team jersey, carrying an emblem featuring three cherry blossoms--a bud and two in bloom. The three blossoms forming the emblem on the current national team's jersey are all in bloom.

The history of rugby in Japan is believed to have started in 1866, in the final years of the Edo period, when the first club in Asia was created in Yokohama by the British.

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