Rugby novice Steve Braunias is writing a weekly Rugby World Cup column. He is not in Japan.

COMMENT:

Konichiwa! I hear it everywhere on the teeming streets of Tokyo in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup, and I have it on good authority from my host at the Global Cabin Capsule Hotel that it translates as, "Who are those really big, good-natured guys you see always walking around in crested blazers that seem way too small and close-fitting for their immense frames?"

The level of interest in the All Blacks is phenomenal. They're one of the top 30 topics of conversation in Tokyo right now, along with food, sex, money, the 50th anniversary of You Only

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