RWC 2019 Media Event

Shane Williams

JNTO and the Embassy of Japan in the UK held a networking seminar for UK media, to discover more about the RWC 2019 and celebrate the pool draw on 10th May.

JNTO and the Embassy of Japan in the UK held a networking seminar for UK media, to discover more about the RWC 2019 and celebrate the pool draw on 10th May.

On 10th May 2017 JNTO, the Embassy of Japan in the UK and Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association welcomed media and guests to celebrate the pool draw of the Rugby World Cup 2019.

Our VIP guest for the evening was Welsh rugby sensation Shane Williams, who helped kick off the excitement surrounding the RWC 2019 by not only offering his expert insights on the pool draw and the fates of England, Wales and Japan, but also by providing the attendees with exclusive details on his own time spent living there whilst playing for the Sagamihara Mitsubishi Dynaboars.

The most high profile star to have ever played Rugby in Japan, Shane regaled the audience with stories of his adventures tackling sumo wrestlers, getting to grips with Japanese conveyor-belt sushi restaurants, and revealed how he has travelled far and wide in the country - climbing Mt Fuji a whopping six times and travelling to the country's furthest extremes in Hokkaido and Okinawa.

JNTO is very excited to announce intentions to work with Shane Williams in the lead up to the RWC 2019, to promote Japan to a UK audience and to encourage rugby fans that a trip to Japan will be one they'll never forget.

The event was also honoured with the attendance of the current Ambassador of Japan to the UK, Mr Koji Tsuruoka, who donned an Irish scarf during his speech, which celebrated the close upcoming relationships between the English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish and Japanese teams.

With the reception underway, guests were invited to sample sake and shochu from all across Japan – with representatives from Kobe, Oita, Okinawa, Tokyo, Yokohama, Wakayama and Shizuoka present on the night. Guests were able to try a variety of specialty flavours, including yuzu sake and sparkling sake, and to discover more about this increasingly popular Japanese drink from on-hand experts.

JNTO would like to thank all those who attended the event and made the night a terrific success. We look forward to getting underway with showcasing Japan's treasures to a UK audience, to show how a trip to Japan during RWC 2019 will not just involve the excitement of the matches, but will allow people to experience a world-class cuisine (which is much cheaper than many think) and a country which offers something completely new every single day; from sumo wrestling and geisha culture, right through to hot springs, beaches, volcanoes and idyllic mountain hikes.

For more information about Japan or the RWC 2019, you are welcome to contact JNTO’s Marketing and Communications Manager, at hollie@jnto.co.uk.

Photo credit: Embassy of Japan in the UK.