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Updated : January 29, 2021

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At Saitama Prefecture, during the 3 days: Tuesday, July 6th, 2021 to Thursday, July 8th, the torch relay of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will pass through 40 cities and towns within the prefecture. Here, we introduce each of the torchbearers’ enthusiasms along with their daily endeavors, as we approach their true characters. We will also be introducing locations and gourmets situated in the surrounding of the route that the torchbearers recommend.

 

 

Introduction of the torchbearer in Saitama Prefecture

July 6th, 2021

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 Kawaguchi city

 Hidaka city

 Fujimi city, Miyosa town, Fujimino city

 

 Mr.Akishige Suzuki

 Ms.Emiri Omuro

 Ms.Sora Nakatani

 

 Running with my brother and
late-father’s memory as Children
of the Torch

 This is me.

 Fujimi city’s
“Little Mermaid”

 

July 7th, 2021

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 Soka city

 Chichibu city, Minano town, Nagatoro town

 Kumagaya city

 

 Ms.Himena Otaka

 Mr.Takumi Aizawa

 Mr.Masami Horikoshi

 

 Aiming for a Gold Medal
in Fencing

 A young railway enthusiast’s desire
to say “Thank You”

 From rugby to the Olympics as a
 former representative of Japan!

 

July 8th, 2021

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 Kawagoe city

 Honjo city, Fukaya city

 Saitama city

 

 Ms. Yui Kimura

 Mr. Masato Arai

 Mr. Ian Scott

 

 Influencer of
Kawagoe Culture

 Restoring the world’s
oldest bicycle

 Passionate Para-athlete

 

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Introducing Saitama’s Torchbearers’ Recommendations

July 6th, 2021

  < Kawaguchi city> Aokichō Park Comprehensive Athletic Field (Aokichō Park)

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Mr.Akishige Suzuki's 

Recommendation

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This is the center of Kawaguchi City’s athletics. There are athletic fields, baseball fields, tennis courts, etc. in the park.It is also the main location for “Kawaguchi Marathon Race” that takes place every year in December. The first flame holder of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics is on display at the park. There is also a metalwork handicraft workshop that takes place nearby, which I often visit. This is a very large park, recommended for those who like to take walks.

 Chinatown around Nishikawaguchi Station West

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Mr.Tsuyoshi Uchida's 

Recommendation

 

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More than 30,000 Chinese people live in Nishikawaguchi.
Multinationalization is progressing to the extent that it forms towns called "Little China" and "Nishikawaguchi Chinatown". Around the west side of Nishikawaguchi Station, there are many restaurants where you can enjoy authentic Chinese food that does not appeal to Japanese people without a Japanese menu.
I was surprised at how spicy it was when I ate authentic Sichuan food.

 

 

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 Former National Stadium Torch Stand (Tokyo 1964 Olympic Torch Stand)

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Ms.Eiko Hirabayashi's 

Recommendation

 

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It is a symbol of Kawaguchi, the city of castings.
It was created at the time of the 1958 Asian Games, when the last Tokyo Olympic Games were invited.
Emperor Showa and the Empress also came to Kawaguchi,
I remember when I was 18 years old, I was nervous and greeted in front of Majesties when they said, "Don't show your teeth."
After the former National Stadium was dismantled, the torch stand went around the disaster area as a symbol of reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Then, in 2019, it returned to Kawaguchi City for the first time in 61 years and was exhibited in the plaza in front of Kawaguchi Station. It departed again in March 2020 for the New National Stadium.
The torch stand is made of casting with a height of 2.1 m and a weight of 4 tons, it's very powerful.

 

 

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July 7th, 2021

< 4th section : Chichibu city, Minano town, Nagatoro town> 

 Chihibu Musepark

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Mr.Kai Ishiwata's 

Recommendation

 

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It is a theme park with abundant nature that straddles Chichibu City and Ogano Town.It is located on a small mountain and overlooks Chichibu City.
It is spacious and you can go cycling and jogging, and also enjoy a picnic on the lawn square.I sometimes go by bicycle as a distraction. There is a famous graduation song in Japan named "Tabidachi no Hi ni (Departure day)", it was born at Kagemori Junior High School in Chichibu City.So, there is also a "Departure hill" in the park to commemorate the song.

 

 

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 Chichibu Night Festival

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Ms.Megumi Nishihara's 

Recommendation

 

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This festival day is the most exciting day of the year for Chichibu city. It is held every year on December 2nd and 3rd for two days. On that day, stalls parade through the city, lit by big fireworks and lantern lights. Chichibu Yatai-Bayashi is a very powerful stage that can be enjoyed not only by locals but also by tourists. I am a hikiko of Nakamachi stall myself. I am looking forward to hearing the sound of the Chichibu Yatai-Bayashi drums from all over the city in the cold winter. You can also enjoy Chichibu pork miso bowl, miso potatoes, local sake and soba noodles made with pure water from the foot of Mt. Chichibu. Please come to Chichibu once.

 

 

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 Poppies in the sky (Chichibu Highland Ranch / Sainokuni Fureai Ranch) 

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Mr.Hidetaro Suzuki's 

Recommendation

 

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It is in full bloom from late May to early June every year.
About 15 million Charley poppies are planted at an altitude of 500 m, and when it is in full bloom, it looks like a bright red carpet. I went to see it with my kindergarten child.

 

 

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  Oyahanahashi bridge

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Mr.Takumi Aizawa's 

Recommendation

 

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  At the dry riverbed of Oyahanahashi bridge’s Arakawa, there is a port for “Arawaka River Rafting” and is crowded with people going river rafting. From the surroundings of Oyahana-hashi, a sight of people enjoying river rafting and trains running the railroad bridge can be seen and I like to take pictures of it. The composition with mountain as the background is very cool and is a spot visited by many photographers who are railway enthusiasts.

 

 

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 Nagatoro Rock wall

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Ms.Sakura Kobayashi's 

Recommendation

 

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Both banks of the Arakawa River from the former Ohana Bridge to the former Takasago Bridge are nationally designated scenic spots and natural monuments. The rock wall is especially famous.
It is a rock along the Arakawa River, about a 5-minute walk from Nagatoro Station on the Chichibu Railway.  It is about 50m wide and about 600m long. It is geologically very rare and is called the "window of the earth" because it allows you to observe special terrain up close.
There is a promenade around the rock wall, and you can walk around.

 

 

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July 8th, 2021 

< 1st section : Kawagoe city > 

 Pot-roasted sweet potato

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Ms.Yoko Togashi's 

Recommendation

 

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In Kawagoe, the famous "Potato (purple potato)" is added to various foods. Purple potato ramen, purple potato dumplings, potato rice crackers, potato karinto, etc. The local craft beer "COEDO beer" was also originally named "potato beer".
Among the potatoes, the one that is exquisite is the Hiramotoya's pot-roasted sweet potato. The grandfather bakes it alone in the acupuncture points at the shop, it can only be eaten when freshly baked.
If you visit Kawagoe, you should definitely try it.

 

 

 

 

  Kuranoyado

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Ms. Yui Kimura's 

Recommendation

 

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This my house is designated as an important landscape edifice. As of October 2019, my mother has become an okami (landlady), and has started a minpaku (private stay accommodation). Masuya, a warehouse that is around 130 years old, is the only place in Saitama Prefecture where one can enjoy an overnight stay. I help attract customers and operations through utilizing my experiences of living abroad for many years along with my linguistic ability.

 

 

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 Japanese traditional warehouse townscape

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Ms. Yuka Watanabe's 

Recommendation

 

 

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It is a clever fireproof building to prevent burning, and was developed as a townhouse in Edo. It suits you to walk in Japanese kimono here.
I especially like the cityscape at night when this area is lit up.
It has been selected as one of the 100 Important Preservation Districts for Traditional Buildings in Japan and the 100 Beautiful Historical Climates of Japan.  It still retains the remnants of Edo.

 

 

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