KAMAISHI RUGBY / 釜石ラグビー

 

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This page is an official preview of the Kamaishi Portal Site, to be created in line with the city’s efforts towards encouraging inbound tourism in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup 2019™.

 

The site will take form as a multilingual version of the “Kamaishi Information Portal Site ~ Entrance” (Japanese language site), with contents gradually added and adjusted until the official launch scheduled for April 2018.

 

For rugby fans, tourists and business visitors alike, this page will become a central information hub and a gateway to Kamaishi’s hospitality.

 

このページは、間もなく迎えるラグビーワールドカップ2019™を大きな軸とした、インバウンド観光の活性化への取り組みとして、釜石市が制作を進めるポータルサイトの予告ページです。

 

「かまいし情報ポータルサイト~縁とらんす」(日本語サイト)を複数言語化する形で、徐々にコンテンツを追加・更新し、2018年4月に正式公開予定です。

 

ワールドカップの際に釜石にお越しになるラグビーファンの皆様、また観光やビジネスで釜石を訪れる皆様の情報の拠点として、おもてなしの玄関となるポータルサイトを制作中です。

 
 

Kamaishi is a fantastic rugby town

Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture, is continuing along the path to recovery following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster of 2011. With the triple strengths of steel, fish and rugby built into the DNA of its people, the rebuilding process has been fortified with the city’s indomitable spirit.

 

Through the Rugby World Cup 2019™, Kamaishi wants to take the opportunity to show its gratitude to the rest of Japan and the world for the support it has received, and looks forward to the new pride and hope for the future that the tournament will bring. This small video was created to convey these sentiments.

 

東日本大震災から立ち上がり、少しづつ復興の歩みを進める岩手県釜石市。鉄と魚とラグビーの町のDNAを持つ人々は、不屈の精神で町を再建し、ラグビーワールドカップ2019™と言う素晴らしい機会に、日本中そして世界中の皆様に感謝の気持ちを伝え、未来へ繋がる誇りと希望を掲げる事を心から楽しみにしています。そんな想いを込めてこのムービーを作成しました。ぜひご覧ください。

 

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Kamaishi, a City Built on Steel, Fish and Rugby

Located on the rugged coastline of Iwate Prefecture in Northeast Japan, Kamaishi City is known as “The City of Steel, Fish and Rugby”, due to its history as a steel manufacturing town, its delicious seafood and deep love for Rugby. It was the only city chosen from the entire Tohoku region to host the Rugby World Cup 2019™, and the smallest of all other host cities across the country, making it a unique venue in what will be a historic tournament for Japan.

 

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The unique scenery of Iwate’s Sanriku Coastline. / 三陸沿岸の景観

 

Kamaishi’s rugby and steel history began alongside the modern Japanese industry in 1857, when Nanbu retainer Takato Oshima successfully produced steel for the first time using Japan’s first western-style blast furnace, built in the mountains to the north. After the rapid growth of the industry, the Nippon Steel Kamaishi Works went on to sponsor its own rugby team, the Nippon Steel Kamaishi Rugby Football Club in the 1950s. Despite not having any big-name players, the team rose to the top of the National Championship and secured an historic seven consecutive championship victories between 1978 and 1984. Rugby has been forever loved in Kamaishi ever since, and the people of the city continue to cheer on the current-day iteration of the club, the Kamaishi Seawaves RFC, with their traditional fishing boat flags.

 

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After suffering from catastrophic tsunami disasters in both 1896 and 1933, as well as naval bombardment in the closing days of the second world war, Kamaishi was hit once again by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster on March 11 2011. Over one thousand lives were lost in Kamaishi alone, and the city suffered unpresented damage to a great many of its residential and business areas. In the years since, Kamaishi has worked tirelessly towards its recovery and, with a great deal of support from other regions of Japan and people all around the world, is determined to emerge stronger and more vibrant than ever.

 

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This history of overcoming disaster time and time again has fostered Kamaishi’s characteristic strength and resilience, but also its open and innovative spirit. Now, on the road to the Rugby World Cup 2019™, Kamaishi is eagerly waiting to welcome visitors from all over the globe and express their gratitude for the world’s support during these difficult years. A small town to be hosting such a huge event, Kamaishi is taking on the challenge with great heart, to make the cup a symbol of the region’s recovery, and pass on new hope and pride for the coming generations.

 

鉄と魚とラグビーの町として知られる岩手県釜石市は、2019年に開催されるラグビーワールドカップ™の東北で唯一の開催都市です。

 

大島高任らによる近代製鉄の発展を追って釜石ラグビーの歴史も積重ねられ、地元出身の叩き上げの選手を中心とした新日鐵釜石ラグビー部による日本選手権7連覇(1978-1984)の偉業は、その象徴とも言えるスタンドにたなびく大漁旗と共に、釜石シーウェイブスRFCに受け継がれています。

 

1896年、1933年と2度の大津波を経験し、戦争による艦砲射撃の砲火も経験した釜石の町は、そのたびに不屈の心で再建されてきましたが、2011年3月に発生した東日本大震災で死者行方不明者1000人以上と言う甚大な被害に遭いました。

 

それでも再びそこから立ち上がった釜石の町は、何度も災害を乗り越えて来た鉄の精神力と国内外の皆様のたくさんのご支援によって、少しづつ着実に復興を進めて来ました。

 

ラグビーワールドカップ2019™の開催にあたっては、感謝の心で日本中世界中の皆様を歓迎し、小さな町の不屈の魂で開催を成功に導き、次世代に誇りと希望を伝えて行きます。

 
 

A Symbol of Hope and Recovery: Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

鵜住居復興スタジアムのご紹介

A stadium surrounded by nature. / 自然に囲まれたスタジアム

 

The Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, host venue for the Rugby World Cup 2019™, is currently under construction in the Unosumai district and set for completion in Summer 2018. Located on the former grounds of the Kamaishi Higashi Junior High School and Unosumai Elementary School, the venue is a symbol of Kamaishi’s recovery from the disaster and hope for the future.

 

The stadium construction site. / スタジアムの建設現場

The stadium construction site. / スタジアムの建設現場

 

Both schools were inundated during the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster but, thanks to the quick actions of the students on the day, all managed to escape to safety. The schools have now been rebuilt on the side of a nearby mountain, and the entire district has undergone a dramatic increase in height above sea level. As one of the worst hit areas in the city, Unosumai is starting to take new shape around the new addition of the stadium.

 

The stadium itself will be surrounded by the Unosumai River and Pacific Ocean on one side, and steep mountainous terrain on the other, providing it with stunning natural views quite unique to this area of Japan. Its design also seeks to embrace these natural elements, with the roof structure evoking imagery of bird’s wings and boat sails.

 

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Passing on hope and pride to the next generation. / 希望と誇りを次世代に継承する

 

To ensure that priority it given to the reconstruction of the homes and livelihoods of those affected in the disaster, and that the stadium facilities will not go to waste after the tournament, the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium will be simple and compact. Although constructed to seat approximately 16,000 at the time of the Rugby World Cup 2019™, only 6,000 of these will be permanent facilities, with the additional 10,000 temporary seats removed after the tournament’s conclusion. In future, it will address the lack of sporting facilities along the Sanriku Coast, playing host to both domestic and international sporting and cultural events, whilst also acting as a city hub for health and recreation, and a lasting legacy of the Rugby World Cup 2019™.

 

ラグビーワールドカップ2019™釜石開催の会場となる「釜石鵜住居復興スタジアム」は、2018年夏の完成に向けて建設が進んでいます。

 

鵜住居(うのすまい)小学校と釜石東中学校の跡地に建てられるスタジアムは、釜石の復興と希望のシンボルでもあります。

 

今は近くの高台に移転した両校の児童生徒たちは、2011年3月の東日本大震災の際、迅速で積極的な避難行動で被害を最小限に食い止めました。鵜住居地区は釜石市内で最大の被災をした地域ですが、子供たちと共に未来に向かって立ち上がって行きます。

 

山と海が近く四方を自然に囲まれたスタジアムは、住宅などの再建を優先しながら地域の復興と共に建設され、大会時には仮設スタンドを含め16,000人を収容し、大会後は6,000人収容のスタジアムとして三陸沿岸のスポーツの拠点を担い、ワールドカップ™の歴史を受け継ぎながら未来を創って行きます。