The countdown is standing on 11 month and 20 days to Rugby World Cup in Japan.
It will be the first time World Rugby show piece will be held in Asia and the people of Japan have been working hard to get everything ready.
But watching some international news and seeing another typhoon causing disaster to the region, I started to wonder if World Rugby should not have maybe picked a different month for this one.
The Japanese archipelago is strongly affected by the Pacific Typhoon Season from May to October each year. August and September are the peak of the typhoon season in Japan.
About thirty typhoons form each year over the Northwest Pacific Ocean, of which typically about seven or eight pass over Okinawa Prefecture, and about three hit the Japanese main islands, especially Kyushu and Shikoku. But any region of Japan, including Tokyo, Osaka and Hokkaido can be visited by typhoons.
The World Cup is schedule to fit in the Nothern and Southern Hemisphere calendars.
If you look back in history only World Cup 1987 and World Cup 1995 was held in the June to July, the rest have all been hosted in September to October.
We can now only hope that mother nature plays along for the world of rugby and the nation of Japan.
- Sapporo. Sapporo Dome.
- Kamaishi, Iwate Pref. Kamaishi Unosumai Recovery Memorial Stadium.
- Kumagaya, Saitama Pref. Kumagaya Rugby Stadium.
- Tokyo. Tokyo Stadium.
- Yokohama, Kanagawa Pref. International Stadium Yokohama.
- Shizuoka Pref. Ogasayama Sports Park Ecopa.
- Toyota, Aichi Pref. Toyota Stadium.
- Higashi Osaka, Osaka Pref.