Rugby World Cup Trophy Ascends Mount Fuji
Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Pref., Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)--As Japan gears up to host the Rugby World Cup from Sept. 20, Japanese university rugby players carried the tournament's championship trophy to the peak of Mount Fuji on Tuesday to pray for the event's success.
The Webb Ellis Cup, a gilded silver trophy roughly 47 centimeters tall and weighing 4.5 kilograms, was carried to the summit by rugby team members from Yamanashi Gakuin University.
The team began their ascent to the tallest Japanese mountain straddling Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectures from the Shizuoka side, south of the mountain, on Monday and arrived at the peak just before dawn on Tuesday.
The players, wearing the jerseys of all 20 teams participating in the World Cup, raised the trophy at the break of dawn. "I felt the weight (of the trophy) as I climbed," team captain Hiroki Fukano said.
The idea for the hike was inspired by the tournament's official logo, which depicts the 3,776-meter mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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