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  1. 25 minutes ago, Nacholympic said:

    Just few hours to the closing ceremony (and no excitment about it at al!)


    - It will be broadcasted from Paris. No handover in the Olympic stadium will be made.

    - They will show some sports in different and rare places of Paris

    - They will raise the biggest flag in history. They want to break the world record for the biggest flag ever. It will be raised at the Effel Tower

    - Some airplanes with athletes inside will pass thorugh Paris sky during the segment.

    - It will last 12 minutes



    Sounds like its gonna be a big mess. Oh well.

    Anyway...the stage is being set for the closing.


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  2. 2 minutes ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

    I think the era of the mega Opening Ceremonies- Sydney/Athens/Beijing/London (and throw in Sochi) needs to be over anyway...they were getting way too big and expensive. Rio was just fine.....

    Will just pretend Tokyo never happened.

    I think Rio and Pyeongchang were very balanced ceremonies which were pretty good despite being low budget and far from pharaonic like all the 2000's ceremonies were. They should be the norm from now on

  3. 11 minutes ago, Nacholympic said:

    Please, take sit and be prepared for this:

    According to this article, it is expected Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics won't be so much different as Tokyo's. That means: simple, no public, no great ceremonies...

    We must start thinking outside the box for future ceremonies not only in the Olympics... but for all the upcoming events!!!

    It seems the era of ceremonies a la Barcelon and Beijing had gone. Covid took them away, too!


    China itself has said nothing much about it. Only that they would be made in a "simple and splendid manner" which sounds very cryptic to me. But they did observed what happened in Tokyo which, unfortunately, had the bad luck of being the first Covid ceremony (that and having a cursed ceremonies team with three directors replaced in less than a year)


    Also you know very well how much they enjoy to flex, specially in the region. Even with COVID they will still put on a massive show just to rub salt into the wound of Japan. Not Beijing 2008/London 2012 scale, that's for sure, but maybe something above Pyeongchang and below Sochi 2014 is what's going to happen. The only thing which is most likely is no spectators or very limited ones, though.


  4. 23 minutes ago, Nacholympic said:

    That video mention about planning the Paris 2024 Opening Ceremony OUTSIDE the Olympic Stadium...

    I knew Buenos Aires 2018 was going to open that door....


    I don't think my heart is going to be able to take two crap opening ceremonies in a row.

    Am I really going to be left with no other choice but watch Beijing next winter then.

  5. Well....the hangover after the mess which was Tokyo 2020 ceremonies is long over. While I still feel contempt about these games I guess its still my duty to inform about whats going on.

    Bird Nest is undergoing works in preparation for the opening ceremonies. They also seem to want to make them more simple, though knowing China i'm sure "simple" to their standards will still be a spectacle.



    As the Tokyo 2020 Olympics officially opened with the opening ceremony in Tokyo on Friday, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are on the horizon.

    A Beijing 2022 delegation is in Tokyo to observe the Games-time operations and activities of different functional areas.

    Chang Yu, director general of Beijing Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympic Games' (BOCOG) opening and closing ceremonies department, told Xinhua that they have gained useful insights on presenting a successful opening ceremony under the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "The opening ceremony features a lot of highlights despite the influence of COVID-19. BOCOG is engaging actively in preparing to present a splendid Beijing 2022 opening ceremony in a simple and safe manner, with COVID-19 countermeasures in mind," Chang said.

    The opening ceremony of Beijing 2022 is scheduled to take place on February 4 next year at Beijing's National Stadium, known as the "Bird's Nest."



    The National Stadium's redevelopment for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies is scheduled to be completed in October, four months before the start of the Games.

    Commonly known as "The Bird's Nest", the 91,000-capacity venue has entered the transformation phase in preparation for the Opening Ceremony, which is set to take place on February 4 2022.

    At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the National Stadium also held the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

    According to Yang Jinkui, director general of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games Integration Department, the construction of accessible facilities in all 12 competition venues and three Winter Olympic and Paralympic Villages has also been completed with the main construction and passed all measures during the "Experience Beijing" testing activities in February and April.

    "In accordance with the requirements of delivering a ‘simple, safe and splendid' Games, we will continue our good job in the accessible optimisation of the permanent facilities of the venues," said Yang.

    "We will also continue to deliver in the design and construction of temporary facilities, as well as the connection between temporary and permanent facilities, and strengthen training for venue operation teams. 

    "Finally, we will combine the construction of the Winter Games venues with sustainable urban development and work with the host cities to create an accessible environment that reflects the level of social civilisation and progress, so as to leave a rich legacy for the host cities."

    Zhangjikou's Olympic Village was completed in June ©Getty Images Zhangjikou's Olympic Village was completed in June ©Getty Images

    The Zhangjiakou Winter Olympic Village was completed in June this year.

    The Mountain Press Centre, the Mountain Broadcast Centre, the Medals Plaza, and the Uniform Distribution and Accreditation sub-centre are all continuing their renovations for the Games on schedule, according to organisers.

    A total of 39 venues, including the 12 for competition, are to be used for Beijing 2022.

    The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place from February 4 to 20, followed by the Paralympics from March 4 to 13.


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  6. 7 hours ago, Shiruba98 said:

    Also this is the music used for the cauldron lighting.
    Kazuname Watanabe's Dr. Coppelius: 7. Rise of the Planet performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. The part they used for the cauldron lighting starts around 3:02


    Another composer who worked in Tezuka animes (Black Jack and Jungle Emperor Leo). Whoever was in charge of choosing the music is obviously a Tezuka fan.


  7. On 7/28/2021 at 6:28 PM, baron-pierreIV said:

    I like the color-scheming so far,  It makes it look very clean -- and it is reflective of the Japanese hosts' artistic bent - utter simplicty, yes, to the point of being boring.  But why should the background scream out at ya?  It shouldn't smother the action on the FOP.  Now, let's wait for Beijing 2022 and see if the more ornate Chinese zeitgeist shows up again.  

    They're going with something more modern this time, Baron.



  8. Regarding the "commemorating" thing, Naruhito wasn't the only one who did that. Gustavo Diaz (former mexican president) also used the word when opening the Mexico 1968 Olympics. Not sure which were the reasons, but its possible that because of the controversial massacre of students in Tlatelolco which happened just days before the opening, he decided to avoid the word "celebrating" as well.

    The more you know, the more you realize massive anti-Olympics demonstrations are far from being new. At least Japan didn't screwed up and killed their own protesters.



    Following a summer of increasingly large demonstrations protesting against the 1968 Olympics held in Mexico City, the Mexican Armed Forces opened fire on 2 October 1968 on unarmed civilians, killing an undetermined number, in the hundreds. It occurred in the Plaza de las Tres Culturas in the Tlatelolco section of Mexico City. The events are considered part of the Mexican Dirty War, when the US-backed PRI regime violently repressed political and social opposition. The massacre occurred 10 days before the Olympics' opening ceremony.


  9. Google Translate is being messy but seems like a lot of Bento boxes which were originally intended for the Volunteers got disposed of and it has caused some controversy.



    [Original] Mass disposal of bento boxes at the Olympics Approved by the Oripara Secretariat
    27th 11:19
    Regarding the problem that a large amount of lunch boxes for the people involved in the Tokyo Olympic Games were discarded, the Cabinet Secretariat's Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat admitted the fact that "I heard that there was disposal."

    In the "News Feature" broadcast last Saturday, we reported that rice balls, bento boxes, and thousands of meals per day prepared for volunteers who manage the venue of the National Stadium are discarded before the expiration date. It is said that the number of volunteers decreased and became unnecessary because the tournament was held without spectators, but the opposition party decided to "procure ingredients with consideration for sustainability" as stated by the tournament organizing committee. I have a problem with the behavior that goes against it.

    Regarding this, the Cabinet Secretariat Olympic and Paralympic Secretariat acknowledged the fact that "I heard that there was abandonment as we recognize it." On the other hand, he said, "I don't know the details such as the number of bento boxes that were prepared by the organizing committee of the Games."

    The opposition party is pursuing whether or not it has been discarded at other venues.


  10. Maybe in Nagoya/Aichi 2026 they can attempt to do what they couldn't for the Olympics. Though that also depends of who's in charge of the event since these tend to be a bit regionalistic and might mostly feature stuff from the Aichi prefecture rather than all of Japan (in the Nagano ceremonies, most of the cultural performances were folk dances/traditions from the Nagano prefecture, for example. Same with the 1995 Universiade (Fukuoka) ).

  11. 5 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

    And the bouquets?  What happened to the chrysanthemums, the national flower of Japan?  Or cherry blossoms?  But I guess there's a little tribute to Van Gogh with mini-sunflowers!!  Go Vincent!!  

    See the source image

    Cherry blossoms only bloom in Spring during some days. Sunflower is much more appropiate and representing of a summer event.

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  12. Studio Ponoc (anime studio formed by many former members of the legendary Studio Ghibli) released a 9 minute animated film in celebration of the games. Its actually pretty nice looking. Imagine if the opening show had a theme like this (though I heard Miyazaki himself wasn't a very big fan of the Olympics).


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