Visit Japan Rugby Event in Cardiff

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JNTO will host an event to promote travel to Japan for the Rugby World Cup 2019 at the National Museum Cardiff this mid-June.

With the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 2019 in Japan fast approaching, Japan National Tourism Organisation will be holding an event at the National Museum Cardiff in Wales to give rugby fans and non-rugby fans alike the lowdown on how to tick the Land of the Rising Sun off the bucket list in 2019.

A diverse country of incredible life-changing experiences, Japan is more accessible than it has ever been - and the RWC 2019 aims to make it even more so. Matches will be held at twelve different venues up and down the country - from Siberian Sapporo in the north to the sub-tropical islands of Kyushu and Okinawa in the south - with each host city crash-landing at the National Museum Wales for one day only, this Saturday 16th June 2018.

Whether you're looking to win the chance to be there in the stands in 2019, to get the skinny on how to plan your trip to Japan from our travel experts, or simply to get geared up for the final Wales/Argentina summer test match, come and join us for a celebration of the next big destinations in world rugby.

The event is also being held in cooperation with National Museum Cardiff, at the start of its new exhibition on Japanese design and its links with Wales. Be sure to drop by and delve a little deeper into the history and culture of these two fascinating nations.

Event Information

Event Information

Date & Time: 10:00 – 17:00 Saturday 16 June, 2018

Place: National Museum Cardiff (entrance hall)

Event content: JNTO London office and RWC 2019 host cities from Japan will hold an event for general consumers, providing an excellent opportunity to pick up information on RWC 2019 and travel to Japan.

Entry: Absolutely free!

The JNTO event will coincide with the opening day of the museum’s forthcoming much-anticipated exhibition, KiZUNA: Japan I Wales I Design, which will run from 16 June-9 September, 2018.

About KiZUNA: Japan I Wales I Design

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), Kawarazaki Gonjuro as Watonai 
For centuries, Japan has had one of the world’s most exciting and refined design cultures. From cars and cameras to household items and animation, Japanese design has steadily infiltrated and changed our world and is now part of our everyday lives. 
In this major new exhibition, museum visitors will be able to explore how Japanese culture and design has captivated the rest of the world over the years. At the same time, they will discover that Wales has also played its own distinctive part in this fascinating story of international exchange.
Many of the works of art on display will have travelled from major Japanese national museums especially for this exhibition, and some have never been displayed in the UK before. Highlights include:
  • A 400 year old handscroll painted with monsters - a forerunner of modern animation
  • Magnificent painted screens, measuring more than 1.6m high by 3.6m long, showing panoramic views of Edo (now Tokyo) in the 18th century
  • Beautiful costumes, ceramic jars, and lacquerware demonstrating Japan’s highly developed craft skills and affinity for beautiful materials

European people - including Welsh people - have been enjoying Japanese art and design since at least the 16th century. Four hundred years ago, Sir Thomas Myddleton of Chirk Castle, a founding member of the British East India Company, purchased a stunning Japanese lacquered coffer (box or chest for valuables) – now one of the exhibition’s star items. 
Since then, people from Wales and Japan have continued to exchange their cultures and expertise, and the relationship between Wales and Japan is very much alive and kicking today. In Japanese, Kizuna means the bonds of friendship, which are celebrated in this exhibition.
In Japan, the historic and the contemporary co-exist, producing a vibrant, unique design culture. In this exhibition visitors will be able to experience the dynamic global appeal of Japanese contemporary culture alongside fascinating examples of historic art and design. The exhibition will be suitable for all ages of visitors and will be free to enter.

Find out more about the exhibition on National Museum Cardiff’s website.

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Image credit: Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), Kawarazaki Gonjuro as Watonai, Edo period, 1863, woodblock print, Amgueddfa Cymru