Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics | What We Know Right Now ★ ONLY in JAPAN


ONLY in JAPAN Welcome to Tokyo Japan. With the 2018 Winter Olympics finished in neighboring Korea, it’s time to turn our attention here, to Tokyo, where the 2020 Summer Games will be taking place. Now, that’s over two and a half years away, and the city of Tokyo will be undergoing a lot of rapid changes. The games are promised to be the most technologically advanced of all time, and you can see that in the way the city is evolving. Behind me is the Olympic Stadium, which is being built at a rapid pace. Well it’s not quite done yet. The new national stadium, which will host the opening ceremony on July 24th 2020 is still a work in progress. And you can start to see it taking shape. The site is a busy place full of activity. When completed it will look like this. These are the designs by architect Kengo Kuma, submitted and chosen by the committee, and they encompass a very natural look. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo has been all over the city since Tokyo won the Olympics in 2013. The logo expresses a refined elegance and sophistication that exemplifies Japan according to its designer. Japan also has new taxis, more spacious and luxurious than the sedans of the past. Almost looks like London, but it’s Tokyo. The new national stadium sits on the exact site of the stadium used for the 1964 Summer Games, just a short way from Shinjuku. So I thought I would introduce to you We know about the venue’s the sports today, and what the city of Tokyo is like today as we move towards the future of 2020. Let’s look at the zones and venues first for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Here’s the city one of the most populated urban areas in the world. It’s really a sight to see from the sky. Tokyo will be divided into two sections for the Olympics. Heritage where the venue will include many from the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games and Tokyo Bay an area of newly reclaimed land that is now being developed. The Heritage Zone has a lot of history. That blank area down there is where the new National Stadium is being built next door is the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, which will be used for table tennis. Nearby is a place famous for concert and performances but was built in 1964. The “Nippon Budohkan” or simply the Budohkan. Judo and Karate will be held here. Over in the Tokyo Bay zone, the Olympic Aquatic Centre BMX and skateboard course Tennis and sport climbing will take place among other sports. 12 venues are outside of these zones including wrestling, baseball and basketball. As I said, this is all reclaimed land and down there is where the Olympic Village will be located. It’s a beautiful location with views of Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge in the city skyline. As you can see, there are a lot of cranes prepping for construction. The whole city is undergoing renovations including Shibuya station. Despite the work people keep on moving, the Olympics has always pushed Japan to another level where fantasy meets reality. 1964 saw rapid development, and we’re seeing it again now today. There are 34 venues that will be used to host the 324 events in 33 sports. The Olympics added five new sports with skateboarding being the most notable. Oh, and wrestling is back. The average price of an Olympic ticket is seven thousand seven hundred yen. And the opening ceremony will cost twenty five thousand to one hundred fifty thousand yen. The Tokyo Olympics mascot will be chosen by six point five million schoolchildren On February 28th. Here are the choices. Who’s your favorite duo? Mascots called “Yurukyara” in Japanese are fantastically ridiculous, but an important part of the culture. I featured the Japanese mascot Grand Prix in a previous episode of ‘Only in Japan’ We can be sure that whoever gets the nod to represent Japan, it’ll be unique. I’m really proud to be a resident of Tokyo and to be living here at this time an exciting time as the city moves towards the future. Japan has always been a really good host of the games whether it was in 1964 for the Summer Games in Tokyo 72 for the Sapporo Winter Olympics 98 for Nagano Olympics and again in 2020 here in Tokyo. I know it’s gonna be a really wonderful event I tried to bring you Japan through this series And I’m really happy for the support definitely subscribe and check out my second channel only in Japan, Go I’m gonna bringing you lots of places around the city. And you are gonna see how the place evolves over the next two and a half years. I’m really excited about it. I hope you are too Next time we’re back to cover in Japan. Japanese have one of the longest lifespans in the world and I wanted to find out the secrets to their longevity. I visited my 106 year-old friend in “Tottori” prefecture to see if she’ll let us in on that secret. If you liked it hit that subscribe button and check out another one of our shows. Don’t miss my second live streaming channel only in Japan go and check out location photos on Instagram http://instagram.com/onlyinjapantv Matane

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