Found in translation: Japan's World Cup cities

Found in translation: Japan's World Cup cities View Gallery
A view of Fukuoka and the Muromi river All pictures: Getty

This year’s Rugby World Cup is a great excuse to visit one of the most fascinating, if one of the most expensive, countries in the world

‘Folks,” the pilot announces on the PA system, as the plane shakes violently above Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport, “we’re experiencing some moderate Godzilla turbulence at this time, so I’m going to have to ask you to put your seatbelts back on: when we get to 35,000 feet, he usually does let go.” It’s a vintage 1990s episode of The Simpsons visiting Japan; one I’ve been fervently, hopelessly trying to erase from my mind ever since. So I say nothing to anybody about it as we descend towards said airport, with my eyes glued to the window in terror.

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