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With Anime confirmed to be in the menu, a reminder Takashi Yamazaki (one of the three main directors) is known for having worked in CGI adaptations of popular anime recently. Doraemon's "Stand by Me" for example (the 3D model of Doraemon used in the 2016 handover was the same from the movie). And most recently, he has worked in an adaptation of Lupin III. Perhaps the appearances of anime characters will use a similar style?

 

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I guess it depends whether they want to use robot singers as well as robot dancers.

A bit of necroposting but I seriously hope they hire Joe Hisaishi for the ceremonies. He's easily one of the best, if not the best music composer in Japan, Perhaps he's a familiar face for some of you

Best ever handover. Over it.  Fun to see Abe do a QE II

Some rather dissapointing news about the opening after a planned number featuring the Ainu (a native tribe of Japan which lives in Hokkaido, and which the japanese government has been repeatedly acussed of abusing and considering second class citizens) was recently announced to be cut due to "lack of time". Yet they had lots of time to add pandering to Japanese animation and futurism. Embarassing considering hosts like Rio, Vancouver, Salt Lake and even Beijing gave their ethnicities some spotlight.

https://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/article/390859

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1) How can they include an Ainu-specific segment without a similar one for the Ryukyuan people, Burakumin, etc?

2) Depictions of aboriginal peoples are a no win situation. If the organizers don't include aboriginal culture they are accused of whitewashing the past and when they do they have been accused of cultural appropriation.

It would be great if they could include a segment on the Ainu. But if they don't think they can do it well, then that should be OK too.

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They can only show so much in a ceremony. And in the case of Japan, there's so much to work with.

I myself got treated to Ainu folk performances while in Hokkaido. Also, my attention was brought to the Golden Kamui manga at the place I was staying. There is a lot of appreciation for Ainu culture in Northern Japan.

So maybe they can save it for when the Winter olympics return to Sapporo.

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Mori eyes highlighting battle against virus in Tokyo Games ceremonies

Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori said he is considering incorporating a message about the new coronavirus pandemic into the opening and closing ceremonies of the games next year.

Speaking to Kyodo News in a recent interview, Mori said that preparations for the opening and closing ceremonies have been "almost completed, but need to be reviewed" ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony planned for July 23, 2021.

Mori said he plans to ask the creative team behind the ceremonies to consider including references to the world's battle against the new coronavirus pandemic.

The Summer Games, which were originally scheduled to open on July 24, were postponed for a year in response to the pneumonia-causing virus, which was first confirmed in China late last year.

While the organizing committee was in the final stages of preparation before the decision to postpone the games was made on March 24, it now has to rework the preparations of the last six years, including handling additional costs for the postponement and securing venues.

"If the Tokyo Games can be held, it will be a proof that we overcame one of the largest disasters that humankind has faced," Mori said. "We have been tasked with something very challenging."

The Olympics are now slated to be held from July 23 to Aug. 8 next year, with the Paralympic Games following between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5.

The organizers said last week that the details of rearranging plans from 2020 to 2021 are being examined this month "with a view to establishing a new road map for the games" by May.

Date:April 22,2020

News source:Kyodo News

Link to this article:https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/04/d16c5db9cbd7-mori-eyes-highlighting-battle-against-virus-in-tokyo-games-ceremonies.html?phrase=mori&words=Mori

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Apparently an idea being considered for saving money is to combine the Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies into one so there'd be two ceremonies (one opening and one closing) rather than four.

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Mass events/ceremonies with 100s/1000s participating...

Not happening before vaccination. And that may well not be readily available by July 2021.

There may be a way to hold - some - sports with no or little contact, but that’s about it.

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10 hours ago, stryker said:

Apparently an idea being considered for saving money is to combine the Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies into one so there'd be two ceremonies (one opening and one closing) rather than four.

But the Paralympians wont then be there for the opening, and the Olympians not there for the Closing.....but the world has changed I suppose...and each group of athletes get one ceremony each!

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36 minutes ago, TorchbearerSydney said:

But the Paralympians wont then be there for the opening, and the Olympians not there for the Closing.....but the world has changed I suppose...and each group of athletes get one ceremony each!

It's just one of hundred of ideas being floated always -- remember 2 stadia for Cermeonies; having the Parade of Athletes in the streets?  Ultimately, they prove impractical and are simply tossed out.   This is another one of those impractical ideas.  Next, please.  

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