Rugby union in Japan

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Rugby union in Japan is a moderately popular sport.wikipedia
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Yamate

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Games, mainly between service personnel, were played on the Garrison Parade Ground in Yamate, Yokohama.
Team sports, notably cricket and rugby union, were introduced to Japan for the first time on the parade ground by British service personnel.

Shiggy Konno

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Shigeru Konno, more often known by his nickname of Shiggy Konno, was a noted figure in post-war rugby union in Japan for over fifty years.

Rugby union

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Japan has the fourth largest population of rugby union players in the world and the sport has been played there for over a century.
Rugby union was introduced to Japan in 1899 by two Cambridge students: Ginnosuke Tanaka and Edward Bramwell Clarke.

Lord Walter Kerr

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The rules committee of the club consisted of notable Rugby School, Radley and Winchester College alumni including Capt. Charles Rochefort and Capt. Robert Blount of the 20th (The East Devonshire) Regiment of Foot and Royal Navy Lieutenant Lord Walter Kerr.
While serving on HMS Princess Royal and ashore in the treaty port of Yokohama, Kerr also found the opportunity to take some of the earliest photographic pictures of Japan and in 1866 helped to establish the first Rugby Football club in the country.

Rugby football

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Before the arrival of rugby, Japan was home to a game known as kemari, which in some ways was a parallel development to association football, and to a lesser extent rugby football. Like many Western customs, rugby football first reached Japan when gunboat diplomacy deployed by the United States and European powers ended the country's period of self-imposed isolation in 1854.
Second and third tier unions include Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Georgia, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Namibia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Samoa, Spain, Tonga, the United States and Uruguay.

Japan national rugby union team

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There are 125,000 Japanese rugby players, 3,631 official rugby clubs, and the Japan national team is ranked 7th in the world.

Edward Bramwell Clarke

The date of local Japanese participation in the sport is most frequently cited as 1899, when students at Keio University were introduced to the game by Professor Edward Bramwell Clarke (who was born in Yokohama) and Ginnosuke Tanaka .

Yokohama

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The date of local Japanese participation in the sport is most frequently cited as 1899, when students at Keio University were introduced to the game by Professor Edward Bramwell Clarke (who was born in Yokohama) and Ginnosuke Tanaka . In 1874 records also illustrate British sailors staging a game in Yokohama.
Recreational sports introduced to Japan by foreign residents in Yokohama included European style horse racing in 1862, cricket in 1863 and rugby union in 1866.

Yasuhito, Prince Chichibu

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After World War II, Prince Chichibu was honorary head of many athletic organizations, and was nicknamed the "sporting Prince" due to his efforts to promote skiing, rugby union and other sports.
The prince was also instrumental in securing the development of rugby union in Japan.

Tambo rugby

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In 2015 tambo rugby, a form of tag rugby played in muddy rice fields, was introduced in Kyoto Prefecture.
From Fukuchiyama it spread to neighboring communities, and within a few years Japan's local and national rugby teams joined in, winning about half of their matches.

Yokohama Country & Athletic Club

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In 1884 members voted to absorb the Yokohama Foot Ball Club (Rugby Union), Athletics, Baseball and Tennis clubs to form the Yokohama Country & Athletic Club (YC&AC) as it is now known.

Japan Rugby Football Union

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The former Japanese prime minister, Yoshirō Mori in June 2005 became President of the Japan Rugby Football Union.

All-Japan University Rugby Championship

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The All-Japan University Rugby Championship (全国大学ラグビーフットボール選手権大会 – Zenkoku Daigaku Ragubi- Futtobo-ru Senshuken Taikai) have been held annually since 1964 to determine the top University Rugby team.

Sunwolves

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A Super Rugby franchise known as the Sunwolves was created to take part in the 18-team competition, which also featured teams from Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Japan

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Japan has the fourth largest population of rugby union players in the world and the sport has been played there for over a century.

Kemari

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Before the arrival of rugby, Japan was home to a game known as kemari, which in some ways was a parallel development to association football, and to a lesser extent rugby football.

Association football

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Before the arrival of rugby, Japan was home to a game known as kemari, which in some ways was a parallel development to association football, and to a lesser extent rugby football.

Asuka period

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It is said that kemari was introduced to Japan from China in about 600 AD, during the Asuka period, and was based upon the Chinese sport of cuju.

Cuju

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It is said that kemari was introduced to Japan from China in about 600 AD, during the Asuka period, and was based upon the Chinese sport of cuju.

Ball

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The object of Kemari is to keep one ball in the air, with all players cooperating to do so.

Gunboat diplomacy

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Like many Western customs, rugby football first reached Japan when gunboat diplomacy deployed by the United States and European powers ended the country's period of self-imposed isolation in 1854.

Sakoku

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Like many Western customs, rugby football first reached Japan when gunboat diplomacy deployed by the United States and European powers ended the country's period of self-imposed isolation in 1854.

Rugby School

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The rules committee of the club consisted of notable Rugby School, Radley and Winchester College alumni including Capt. Charles Rochefort and Capt. Robert Blount of the 20th (The East Devonshire) Regiment of Foot and Royal Navy Lieutenant Lord Walter Kerr.

Radley College

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The rules committee of the club consisted of notable Rugby School, Radley and Winchester College alumni including Capt. Charles Rochefort and Capt. Robert Blount of the 20th (The East Devonshire) Regiment of Foot and Royal Navy Lieutenant Lord Walter Kerr.