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Ninja at the Yokohama Rugby Fan Zone

During the Rugby World Cup 2019 the Wallabies are staying in the city of Odawara, also home to the legendary Fuma Ninja! Join us for Ninja shows and the Odawara Booth at the Rugby Fan Zone in Yokohama Park to learn more about the city the Wallabies are based and the history of the area!

Ninja Show Dates: October 5th
Times: 13:15~13:45 / 15:25~15~45
Venue: Yokohama Park Rugby Fan Zone
Odawara Booth: 10/5 10/13 11/2

The famed Fuma Ninja of Odawara will be the basis of a stage show presented at the Rugby Fan Zone in Yokohama. The exciting stage show will feature Japanese drums and flutes, shamisen music, and more traditional Japanese music as the background for the action show.

The Fuma Ninja are one of the most famous ninja clans in Japanese history. They served the Hojo family for generations during the warring states period in Japan. The Fuma Ninja played a supporting military role during the age of civil war and were known to protect and defend everyone in society.

The Fuma Ninja have been used in Japanese pop culture staples such as video games and manga. This is an opportunity to see, feel, and experience a special part of Japanese culture and history. We look forward to seeing you at the Rugby Fan Zone`s Odawara booth!

Music Show: “Fuma Ninja, Legend of Odawara” featuring traditional music and instuments
October 19th 13:00 ~ 13:30
November 2nd 12:45~13:15 14:15~14:45

Odawara Welcomes the Wallabies and Rugby 7s Teams

The Wallabies and Australian Sevens teams will use Odawara, Japan as their training base for the next three years for their matches in the country.

With key matches and tournaments to be played in Japan in 2018, 2019, and 2020, Rugby Australia issued an expression of interest to the Japanese market in late 2017 to establish an Australian Rugby training base in the country and Odawara was chosen for location, commitment, and quality of facilities.

Odawara, which is located an hour south of Tokyo and Yokohama by car, or 35 minutes by bullet train. The region was selected due its superior facilities and accommodation options, coupled with a strong local government commitment and support from the local community.

The arrangement provides Australia’s national teams with access to the Shiroyama Athletic Field and Hilton Odawara Resort which is equipped with elite-level gym facilities.

The Wallabies will be the first team on site when they converge on Odawara for a training week prior to their third and final Bledisloe Cup clash with New Zealand at Yokohama on October 27. The facilities will also be available for the Wallabies for any time spent in Japan prior to the official commencement of Rugby World Cup 2019.

The Australian Men’s and Women’s Sevens teams will initially use the facilities for pre-Olympic training camps in 2019.

“We wanted to secure a home away from home in Japan for our Qantas Wallabies and Sevens teams and Odawara was a standout submission after we fielded strong interest from across the country.

“The Odawara community has embraced our teams and there is a high level of support for Rugby and the Wallabies in the region. In Odawara, we also have a very committed and accommodating local government partner and we look forward to establishing a great friendship with the people of Odawara over the coming years.”