27 Nov Rugby World Cup: Things we love about the tournament in Japan
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In case you havent heard, the Rugby World Cup is currently in Asia for the first time.
Taking place the tournament feels different to its predecessors and overseas and Japanese fans are revelling in it.
There are lots of things to enjoy about a World Cup out some which come as a welcome surprise and west, some of which were expected.
But after a little debate, the BBC Sport team in Japan have settled on which they love.
BBC rugby union correspondent Chris Jones
You never quite know what youre going to get in Japan. It is never dull; and enjoyable.
As an example, the weather appears impossible to forecast – any day might be a combination of sunshine or torrential storms – while at breakfast one wants to be ready to eat anything from beef that is rare to fish shellfish to donuts and sweet cakes.
And because of this polite and people, the Japanese also absolutely enjoy letting their hair down by getting stuck into great food and great drink – in a karaoke booth.
BBC chief sports writer Tom Fordyce
Every World Cup wants a result in the group phases that shakes up the established orderthat contrasts with all the predictions you might have made on your wallchart and keeps you watching different games that you may otherwise suppose to be dead certs.
In 2007, you had Fiji beating against Wales. In 2011, you had Tonga bothering France, also in 2015 you had Japan victory over South Africa.
What this World Cup is delivering is not only an but – maybe – a story that may kick on and on. If hosts Japan make it through to the knock-out stages for the very first time in their history, it could be devastating for Scotland but notable to the championship.
Other tier-two countries have fought, and that needs to be a concern for World Rugby. To have the host nation in the last eight will cover a number of those issues.
BBC Radio 5 Live rugby union producer Louise Gwilliam
The lovers for this World Cups enthusiasm has been like no other championship I have ever been around.
Not merely do they purchase the top of every team they move and see (imagine countless Japanese lovers in complete Namibia apparel, backpack and all) they also have learnt the words to each national anthem and sing them together with as much pride as passionate Argentines, crying Frenchmen and girls and multi-faceted South Africans.
Former England fly-half and BBC Radio 5 Live pundit Paul Grayson
Never have so few words in a native language elicited such a reaction.
I know to mention about six things in Japanese covering a massive variety of topics from hi to respectful and the way to excuse me.
The answer to these attempts is pure joy from the receiver and they point at stuff and politely speak to you in Japanese after which you smile and nod.
You feel welcomed and foreign all at the exact identical time. Loud English gets you nowhere here and thats completely as it should be.
BBC Sport journalist Becky Grey
Japanese society has a great deal to teach us concerning respect. Trains are filled with signs reminding travellers to not use their telephones on-board and on match days there are statements in English telling fans to notcause any discomfort for their fellow passengers.
The pitch has been interpreted onto by the value placed on respecting other people . When thanking someone, as is the custom teams have remained out to the field after full-time to go round and bow to every side of the scene.
And theres been plenty of admiration between groups behind the scenes. After thrashing them 63-0 champions New Zealand encouraged Canada for a couple of post-match beers.
BBC Radio 5 Live union manufacturer Louise Gwilliam
The Japanese love a guideline, and theres absolutely no deviating from them, however, it makes life from Japan simple and really pleasant.
Everybody waits on back roads with no-one, even in the crossings for the man that is green around. You can find indications painted on the floor of where to queue on rail platforms and nobody pushes in.
Trains are always on time, and if over a minute late you get a general apology. Lastly, shoes must be taken off indoors, no shoes are permitted in gyms and caps should be worn by everyone in the swimming pools.
BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Gareth Lewis
My favourite personal moment so far was presented in a little bar-cum-restaurant in Tokyo using a jar of marmite. We had surfaced there to watch the England v USA match and had deliberately chosen a place.
The pub owner was so eager to own British guests he left us pose for pictures with it and produced a bit of marmite from behind the counter after everybody had had a visit their Language.
And as for the rugby… Im not counting my chickens or making any predictions, yet to see Wales beat Australia in a World Cup for the first time in 32 years – at last – was rather special.
I am not quiet when I see movies and have a tendency to dwell kick, every move and minute of unbearable tension. To allow out all by commentating on the match itself was an experience. I have just about left the next level to get up to if Wales go on and do something special.
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