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phandrosis

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  1. Back in 2019 I was able to snag a T-shirt w/ the logo on it at the airport in Tokyo and it came with a free poster with all the events on it. All the dates are off by a bit since it was pre-big rona, but maybe that'll make it a more valuable collector's piece :rolleyes:.

    But yeah otherwise they had an online store but only shipped domestically.

  2. I like it, especially the return to metal since the past two torches have been dominated by sterile white plastic. It does look a bit difficult to hold but its not clear in many photos yet how rounded off the area it will be held is.

    The relay logo initially reminded me of the original games logo, which was interesting.

  3. They will still be part of it, just not in director position.

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180730_34/

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    Kyogen actor to direct Tokyo 2020 ceremonies

    The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have appointed Kyogen actor Nomura Mansai as chief director of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2020 events.

    The organizing committee made the announcement on Monday.

    Committee officials said they chose Nomura because he is active as a Kyogen and film actor, as well as director, at home and abroad. They added he is also well informed in both the traditional and modern aspects of Japan.

    The committee also chose film director Takashi Yamazaki to play a key role in creating stories and making arrangements for Olympic ceremonies. Yamazaki is best known for his film series "Always -- Sunset on Third Street."

    Creative director Hiroshi Sasaki will be responsible for the Paralympic ceremonies. Sasaki has made many TV commercials and was involved in the directing of the flag handover ceremony at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

    Musician Ringo Shi-ina, film producer Genki Kawamura and 3 others will join the team to discuss how to arrange the ceremonies.

    Nomura and the others are expected to consider how to direct each ceremony after laying out the common basic principles. Topics will include the design of the Olympic flame cauldron and how to light it.

     

  4. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/07/30/national/actor-nomura-oversee-tokyo-2020-ceremonies/#.W175cdJKiUk

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    Actor Nomura to oversee Tokyo 2020 ceremonies

    Actor Mansai Nomura will orchestrate the opening and closing ceremonies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it was announced Monday.

    Following an executive board meeting of the organizers in Fukushima Prefecture, Nomura was named as the chief executive creative director overseeing all four ceremonies.

    Nomura is best known in Japan for his performances as an actor featuring in kyogen, a traditional form of comedic theater. The 52-year-old won the prize for the best actor at the prestigious Blue Ribbon Awards in 2001.

    “He is the person who is to carry out the image and the message of Tokyo 2020,” said Honorary President Fujio Mitarai.

    “That person has the role of implementing our spirit and vision of the Tokyo 2020 Games at all four ceremonies,” Mitarai said.

    “Mansai Nomura is a renowned figure, both domestically and internationally and he is knowledgeable in both traditional Japanese art and modern theatrical art.”

    The board meeting was held at the recently re-opened J-Village complex in Fukushima Prefecture. The facility, which previously played host to the Argentine soccer team during the 2002 World Cup, was used as a base for rescue teams working in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

    The disasters killed approximately 18,000 people and also severely damaged the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, rendering much of the area near the J-Village a no-go zone.

    The re-opening of the J-Village last week is a symbol of the reconstruction that Tokyo 2020 hopes to encourage in the region.

    “We wanted a source of hope for the nation and now our dreams are coming true and we are seeing a gradual revival of the disaster-hit areas,” said Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori.

    “We are able to show to the world what we have been able to accomplish so far and where we are headed in terms of the reconstruction efforts since the disaster,” Mori added.

    The games’ torch relay will start in Miyagi Prefecture, which also suffered widespread damaged in the disasters, before passing through nearby Fukushima and Iwate prefectures in a symbolic tour.

    During the meeting, Mori, a former prime minister, also proposed to introduce daylight saving time in Japan before the Olympics.

    Japan currently does not introduce the practice, including during the summer months, when the sun rises very early bringing with it the heat and humidity that was behind the recent record-breaking heat wave in the country.

     

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