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1 minute ago, Olympian2004 said:

Oh, that was a wonderful video (the "We are 15 %" one). I burst out laughing, brilliant! But a funny transition now from this video to the formal declaration of the Tenno.

Maybe less funny in retrospect, given how brief the declaration inevitably is. The flag-raising has a sweetness entirely compatible with #weare15

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I really like the overall tone of this ceremony. It's warm, it's inspiring, it's funny - and the music for the ceremonial segments is more contemporary than at the Olympic opening (unless they plan to do another "Bolero" for the final legs of the torch relay). They definitely do a better job tonight.

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1 minute ago, JMarkSnow2012 said:

Maybe less funny in retrospect, given how brief the declaration inevitably is. The flag-raising has a sweetness entirely compatible with #weare15

Yes, I meant that it was strange that they showed that funny video ahead of the very formal declaration by the (inevitably) stiff and formal emperor. They could have shown the video also after the parade of athletes, for example. Or at the end of the ceremony.

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I love this rendition of the Paralympic Anthem. Giving me London 2012 Paralympic CC vibes

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I find it a bit offensive that they used a didgeridoo for the sound of a truck. Couldn't they use a timpani drum or something like that?

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I really love the lights and the costumes though. Very contemporary Japanese

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1 minute ago, JMarkSnow2012 said:

Goma?

I'm not too sure. Australian media could be in an uproar over that.

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Finally the fun-loving side of Japan in an opening ceremony in Tokyo - phew. :D This ceremony really feels like the joyous celebration that the Olympic opening should have been already, even in the light of COVID-19.

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Is that Koiichi Omae? He was in the Rio 2016 Paralympic CC handover ceremony!

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YES I WAS RIGHT!!!

BTW, I'm loving the costume of the main guitarist in the centre.

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