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Try and try again: Japan Rugby World Cup 2019

With the tournament kicking off this time next year and the ticket ballot open, it’s time to start planning

The tournament starts on 20 September in Tokyo, with the opening ceremony followed by hosts taking on Russia. It runs until 2 November, with the final in Yokohoma, part of the greater Tokyo area.

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In the footsteps of Hokusai on Mount Fuji

Katherine Rundell explores the scenes immortalised in the artist’s masterpieces, from the chestnut fields of Nagano to Fuji itself

The centre of Obuse is small: a cluster of a dozen shops amid the myriad chestnut fields, with a brewery selling sake and an open square around the edges of which it is possible to buy every kind of chestnut confectionery imaginable. And it is here, in the hush of the middle of almost nowhere, in the cool hills of Nagano prefecture, 150 miles north-west of Tokyo, that the work of Japan’s most prodigious artist has been collected, in the Hokusai Museum.

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