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Regarding the MIKIKO-style opening video: I had the impression that also during the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies, the videos (or at least some of them) had that style. They all looked very similar to the videos used in the Tokyo handovers in Rio. 

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Seeing the seats for the athletes, I wonder why they didn't do that for the Olympic opening ceremony as well. I think it makes the infield look fuller and maybe it would have prevented a few athletes from leaving the stadium before the end of the ceremony. It's more comfortable to be seated in that humid Tokyo heat and furthermore, it allows more social distancing between the athletes than when they all mingle.

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1 hour ago, JMarkSnow2012 said:

The swirly floor projections for each team are different colours. Nice.

I believe the floor color are the colors of the flag of the entering country 

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Now that is cute, the girl acting as the one-wing plane. The music at the start of this segment somehow reminded me of Sydney 2000, good old grand ceremony music. ;) I think that they are hitting the right emotionality this time around, probably it's easier anyway to follow a "people overcoming obstacles and barriers" narrative at Paralympic than at Olympic Games.

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The German commentators just said at the end of the "one-winged plane segment", "And this story is not over yet". Either there will be another dance performance with that girl - or, what would be a nice touch, the girl might light the cauldron? Just my guess.

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I love the rainbow fireworks and the costumes of the planes. I was especially attracted to the rainbow fans on one of the planes.

The artistic programme was spectacular and inspiring to watch. It have me Pyeongchang vibes with the Paralympic OC of 2018. It had a girl who later wore headphone and rode on a flying ferris wheel with a silver dressed captain. So happy to watch. 

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It's raining in Tokyo now. We in Sydney have been getting rain too. Maybe the raincloud wanted to see the Paralympic OC too.

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