Rugby in Japan, 1874

Rugby in Japan has a long and distinguished history. The first recorded match took place between British sailors in Yokohama in 1874. This image shows how interested locals watch with Mt. Fuji towering in the background. In 1899, Cambridge graduates Professor Edward Bramwell Clarke and Ginnosuke Tanaka introduced the game to students at Keio University.

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