The 2019 Rugby World Cup™ has almost begun! The Webb Ellis Cup is coming to Saitama.

Commemorative ceremony

The Webb Ellis Cup, which is the trophy which will be awarded to the 2019 Rugby World Cup™ winners, has been traveling throughout Japan, centered on the 12 host cities. It has made its way to Saitama, which is the last stop on its tour. On Saturday, September 7th, a commemorative ceremony was held.

・Date and time: Saturday, September 7th – 10:00 am-10:30 am
・Location: The east-west connecting passageway at JR Omiya Station
・Notable attendees:
   The prefectural governor of Saitama Prefecture
   The vice-chairman of Saitama’s prefectural assembly
   The stationmaster of JR East Omiya Station
   Erina Dawkins (2019 Rugby World Cup™ host city special supporter [Kumagaya, Saitama])

※Images of the day’s events

Opening to the public (September 7th)

Following the commemorative ceremony, viewing of the trophy at the east-west connecting passageway at JR Omiya Station was opened to the public. Approximately 1000 groups of visitors took commemorative photos with the trophy.
This event was held at the same time as the pop-up museum in Saitama.

Date and time: Saturday, September 7th – 11:00 am-5:00 pm   
Location: The east-west connecting passageway at JR Omiya Station

※Images of the day’s events

Opening to the public (September 8th)

Public viewing of the trophy was held in front of Nagatoro Station. On this day, host city special supporters Maimi Yajima, Saki Nakajima, and Ayano Hamaura joined in the celebration. They also appeared on a talk show following the trophy viewing!
In addition, an exhibition booth was constructed in front of Nagatoro Station.

Date and time: Sunday, September 8th – 12:45 pm-1:30 pm
Location: In front of Chichibu Railway’s Nagatoro Station

※Images of the day’s events