Cape Town - The Rugby World Cup 2019 ticket designs were unveiled on Monday during a
launch event held at the historic Meiji Kinenkan in central Tokyo.
According to the World Rugby website, blending the traditional Japanese artform of Musha-e, or Warrior Art ,
with Rugby World Cup 2019 themed motifs, the three ticket designs
capture both the strong sense of tradition and deep spirit of innovation
that Japan is famous for.
Familiar to art lovers and fans of Japanese culture around the world,
the Musha-e artform captures famous Japanese warriors in the heat of
battle, either portrayed in historical battle scenes or in a more
folkloric style, fighting against mystical beings and demons. For Rugby
World Cup 2019, the fearless warriors are not samurai master swordsmen,
but rather rugby players on the field during a Rugby World Cup match as
they compete for the honour of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup and claiming
the title of world champions.
Delivery of Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets will commence from late July
onwards. Anticipation and excitement among rugby fans worldwide is sure
to build considerably as fans start receiving their tickets and the
realisation sets in that Rugby World Cup 2019 is just around the
Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee CEO Akira Shimazu
said: “These ticket designs are incredibly symbolic for Japanese people
and something our international fans are sure to love. They capture
perfectly the way in which rugby is viewed here in Japan. The noble
warrior, fighting with every inch of their body, mind and spirit is a
fitting comparison to the modern, elite rugby player.
“These tickets, along with the specially designed ticket wallet will
make for a fine memento for visitors to Rugby World Cup 2019 to treasure
for years to come. The sense of excitement fans will feel upon
receiving their tickets will only build as we count down the final days
until kick-off of this ground-breaking, once-in-a-lifetime Rugby World
Cup in Japan.”
The accompanying ticket wallet blends the ancient with the modern by
incorporating the striking Rugby World Cup 2019 logo, traditional
Japanese cloud motifs and a list of the eight previous winners of Rugby
World Cup. The central image within the folder is a reproduction of the
famous ‘Irises at Yatsuhashi’ by the famous Japanese artist Ogata Korin.
Beloved by all Japanese, the piece was painted around 1700 on a
traditional folding screen, a style of decorative artwork highly prized
in Japan to this day.
World Rugby chairperson Sir Bill Beaumont said: “Rugby World Cup 2019 is
set to be a very special celebration of rugby and Japanese culture.
These striking ticket designs do not just symbolise unison of the sport
and the host nation, they also symbolise excitement as the receipt of
tickets is an incredibly special moment for fans as they build up to
Rugby World Cup.”