The Rugby World Cup is set to kick off in Japan on Friday night. Over the next six weeks, 20 squads will compete for a shot at the title.
Forty-eight games will be held at 12 venues across the country. Among them is Kamaishi in northeastern Japan, a city devastated by the tsunami of 2011. The final will take place in Yokohama.
More than 5,000 people gathered at the Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo on Saturday to see off 29 members of Japan's rugby team. It will take part in the World Cup that starts in the country on September 20th.
Captain Michael Leitch said he wants to fight with a special feeling as the event will be held on home turf, and he wants the fans to support them with 100-percent of their energy.
The Rugby World Cup trophy has been brought to the summit of Japan's highest peak, Mt. Fuji, ahead of the tournament that begins in the country next month.
The Webb Ellis Cup arrived in Japan in June and has been on a nationwide tour that includes the 12 cities where the World Cup matches will be played.
In Women's World Cup soccer in France, Japan lost to the Netherlands 2-1 in the first match of the knockout stage, failing to make it to the quarterfinals.
The world's seventh-ranked Japanese squad, nicknamed Nadeshiko, played the eighth-ranked Netherlands in the northwestern French city of Rennes on Tuesday.