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Looks like Wally and Mikiko have similar tastes.

I may sound stubborn but I really hope the petition gets to 100 and a recreation of Mikiko's plans actually comes to fruition as a future festival (maybe a 1 year anniversary of the Tokyo Olympics).

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On 8/27/2021 at 5:30 AM, PikyoK said:

Looks like Wally and Mikiko have similar tastes.

I may sound stubborn but I really hope the petition gets to 100 and a recreation of Mikiko's plans actually comes to fruition as a future festival (maybe a 1 year anniversary of the Tokyo Olympics).

Sorry to douse your hopes.  Probably not going to happen.  Why are you so obsessed with plans that did not happen?  I mean, I don't think anyone is crying over Zaha Hadid's overly expensive design for the Stadium? Your fixation on Mikiko's ideas really defies explanation.  Those plans weren't meant to be.  

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8 minutes ago, baron-pierreIV said:

Sorry to douse your hopes.  Probably not going to happen.  Why are you so obsessed with plans that did not happen?  I mean, I don't think anyone is crying over Zaha Hadid's overly expensive design for the Stadium? Your fixation on Mikiko's ideas really defies explanation.  Those plans weren't meant to be.  

I wish her design came to fruition...

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On 8/27/2021 at 2:30 PM, PikyoK said:

Looks like Wally and Mikiko have similar tastes.

I may sound stubborn but I really hope the petition gets to 100 and a recreation of Mikiko's plans actually comes to fruition as a future festival (maybe a 1 year anniversary of the Tokyo Olympics).

As much as I wished this to had been reality, I think its time to let it go. Japan will have another chance in the future, but i think its time to focus ceremonies wise in Beijing and Paris. What's done is done.

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26 minutes ago, Ikarus360 said:

As much as I wished this to had been reality, I think its time to let it go. Japan will have another chance in the future, but i think its time to focus ceremonies wise in Beijing and Paris. What's done is done.

I just expect Beijing to become the games that break the tendency of boring cheap ceremonies, like cmon, even the damn SEA games have had more spectacular cauldrons littings than the last 3 olympics

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10 minutes ago, Chris_Mex said:

I just expect Beijing to become the games that break the tendency of boring cheap ceremonies, like cmon, even the damn SEA games have had more spectacular cauldrons littings than the last 3 olympics

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16 hours ago, baron-pierreIV said:

Sorry to douse your hopes.  Probably not going to happen.  Why are you so obsessed with plans that did not happen?  I mean, I don't think anyone is crying over Zaha Hadid's overly expensive design for the Stadium? Your fixation on Mikiko's ideas really defies explanation.  Those plans weren't meant to be.  

I think you are right and I will need to let go of it. It's just that I'm so aggravated that Mikiko's plans didn't come to fruition and that we won't be able to see such a wonderful and extravagant show that Japan was set to put on. I just loved the style and the presence of anime and contemporary Japanese culture. I guess I'll hope and pray that Japan will get to host again and put on something similar to what Mikiko designed.

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Its tokyo, not rio or athens, cities which will never see any major event again. Tokyo and japan will have other chances to host big events in the near future for example, Osaka is expo 2025 hosts, and sapporo is a bidding city for 2030 winter olympics. And at this rate of decressing interest in hosting olympics maybe tokyo wont have to wait 56 years to host olympics once again. Personally I didn't expect tokyo to hold such a great olympics, even behind closed door, and now Im looking forward for traveling there in the future, and maybe visiting expo 2025

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6 hours ago, Chris_Mex said:

Its tokyo, not rio or athens, cities which will never see any major event again. Tokyo and japan will have other chances to host big events in the near future for example, Osaka is expo 2025 hosts, and sapporo is a bidding city for 2030 winter olympics. And at this rate of decressing interest in hosting olympics maybe tokyo wont have to wait 56 years to host olympics once again. Personally I didn't expect tokyo to hold such a great olympics, even behind closed door, and now Im looking forward for traveling there in the future, and maybe visiting expo 2025

Yeah maybe they can try Sapporo 2030.

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7 minutes ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

Neither London or Sochi were great- they were the most tainted by drugs in Olympic history, which kinda spoiled the sporting competition which is the point of the Olympics.....London had 30 medals change hands because of drugs and the less said about Sochi the better.

The Sochi Ceremonies were great though!

I was talking about the ceremonies specifically, Tokyo olympics were great on sports and infrastructure, the only bad side were the depressing ceremonies and the lack of spectators (not judging japan tho). But in an overall p.o.v. which games do you think were the last "great" ones?

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Fair enough.....the era of the gigantic great ceremonies (SYD, ATN, BEIJ, LON, Sochi) might be over....and about time too. They were getting out of control.

I think Barcelona, Sydney and Beijing will be remembered for their greatness..in preparation, presentation, competition, exciting new destinations etc.... the others are all flawed. But every Games has actually been a success, which is an amazing achievement in itself.

 

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38 minutes ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

Fair enough.....the era of the gigantic great ceremonies (SYD, ATN, BEIJ, LON, Sochi) might be over....and about time too. They were getting out of control.

I think Barcelona, Sydney and Beijing will be remembered for their greatness..in preparation, presentation, competition, exciting new destinations etc.... the others are all flawed. But every Games has actually been a success, which is an amazing achievement in itself.

 

I doubt the era is over. We're just in at a low point. LA I'm sure will be over the top with A list entertainment and grand production value. Same with Beijing 22. Why we've seen such stark contrast from 00s to the 10s is poor leadership.

I agree though that Barcelona, Sydney and Beijing are most memorable.

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On 8/31/2021 at 7:54 PM, PikyoK said:

I think you are right and I will need to let go of it. It's just that I'm so aggravated that Mikiko's plans didn't come to fruition and that we won't be able to see such a wonderful and extravagant show that Japan was set to put on. I just loved the style and the presence of anime and contemporary Japanese culture. I guess I'll hope and pray that Japan will get to host again and put on something similar to what Mikiko designed.

Also just to add on to my point. I should be happy that at least we had a Tokyo Olympics rather than cancelling it altogether.

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18 hours ago, Anthony said:

I doubt the era is over. We're just in at a low point. LA I'm sure will be over the top with A list entertainment and grand production value. Same with Beijing 22. Why we've seen such stark contrast from 00s to the 10s is poor leadership.

I agree though that Barcelona, Sydney and Beijing are most memorable.

LA might have some celebrities (appearing for free) in their ceremonies, but that's not really the modus operandi of the grand Olympic ceremony. It's the thousands of volunteers in costumes and huge stage installations that defined the over the top ceremonies.

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30 minutes ago, Nacre said:

LA might have some celebrities (appearing for free) in their ceremonies, but that's not really the modus operandi of the grand Olympic ceremony. It's the thousands of volunteers in costumes and huge stage installations that defined the over the top ceremonies.

oh yeah no doubt! that's why i also said "and grand production value."

we're also sensing a lack of grandeur because many segments lack originality... "Imagine," projections, IOC initiatives like Faster Higher Stronger Together in Tokyo, Olympic Channel launch in Rio. All of these over used strategies dilute the spectacle.

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I want Wally to direct the ceremonies of the 2026 Asian Games. Moving that aside, I do sure am going to miss these games but I hope MIKIKO's plan will be used a ceremony in celebration of the 5th anniversary of the 2020 games. 

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Members of paralympic closing ceremony;

Kenji Kohashi(show director)

Takeatsu Nashimoto(chief director)

Kurisu Yoshie(stage advisor)

Noriko Suezawa,Kazuki Yoshida(choreographer)

Hirosumi Saito,Keiji Ando(costume designer)

Miki Aizawa(costume director)

Kaori Hirooka(access coordinator)

Noboru Tomizawa(hair and make up)

Isao Nishigori(video director)

Tateo Yanagimachi,Naoya Murayama,Nami Tomizawa(set designer)

Yohei Taneda(stage art designer)

DJ UPPERCUT,SASUKE,Kz,RAM RIDER,Fz,Yuuki Ono(composer)

Keiichi Tomita(arranger)

Noritsugu Hayama(stage director)

Yoshiyuki Masuda(assistant costume designer)

After the game part;

Yu Murai(director) Shimotsukasa Naomi(choreographer)

https://www.nikkansports.com/olympic/tokyo2020/paralympic/news/202109050001015.html

 

 

 

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That sure was a nice read, so thank you for the heads-up, @BTHarner! I will provide the direct link to the article for all fellow members who don't use (or like to use) Facebook:

https://japantoday.com/category/features/lifestyle/The-voice-of-the-Olympics-and-Paralympics-heard-around-the-world
 

I think it is always wonderful to get such behind-the-scenes impressions - and it is a nice touch that they used all the announcers (bar the French one for the Paralympic ceremonies, of course) for all four ceremonies and thus created a more familiar feeling. I believe many other Olympic and Paralympic hosts switched announcers between the different ceremonies. Furthermore, the announcers were quite pleasing to listen to, something one can't say about all the announcers in Olympic history (thinking about the shrieking English announcer in at the Torino 2006 "A-LYMPIC" Games :D).

What would be really great would be to see a documentary about the turmoil surrounding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic opening ceremony.
But that is probably a unrealistic wish, since that wouldn't put the organisers in a flattering spotlight. ;)

In any case, I still miss my daily shot of Tokyo 2020, even one month after the Paralympics ended and even despite the difficulties those Games had to face. I am still doubtful whether I will be able to enjoy Beijing 2022 just as much.

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14 hours ago, Olympian2004 said:

That sure was a nice read, so thank you for the heads-up, @BTHarner! I will provide the direct link to the article for all fellow members who don't use (or like to use) Facebook:

https://japantoday.com/category/features/lifestyle/The-voice-of-the-Olympics-and-Paralympics-heard-around-the-world
 

I think it is always wonderful to get such behind-the-scenes impressions - and it is a nice touch that they used all the announcers (bar the French one for the Paralympic ceremonies, of course) for all four ceremonies and thus created a more familiar feeling. I believe many other Olympic and Paralympic hosts switched announcers between the different ceremonies. Furthermore, the announcers were quite pleasing to listen to, something one can't say about all the announcers in Olympic history (thinking about the shrieking English announcer in at the Torino 2006 "A-LYMPIC" Games :D).

What would be really great would be to see a documentary about the turmoil surrounding the Tokyo 2020 Olympic opening ceremony.
But that is probably a unrealistic wish, since that wouldn't put the organisers in a flattering spotlight. ;)

In any case, I still miss my daily shot of Tokyo 2020, even one month after the Paralympics ended and even despite the difficulties those Games had to face. I am still doubtful whether I will be able to enjoy Beijing 2022 just as much.

Totally agree about the Torino lady, here is hoping the 2026 organizers reject her resume. 

I can't let go of these Games, given how so many were determined to see that they wouldn't take place. I'm watching the replays on the Olympic website. I started the day after the Paralympics ended and I am currently on day two. I might get finished by July 2024.

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