3 Years to Go to the Tokyo 2020 Games! - this summer countdown events being held across Japan

On 24 July, the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee), the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and the Japanese Paralympic Committee (JPC) are jointly holding a “Tokyo 2020 Flag Tour Festival and 3 Years to Go to the Tokyo 2020 Games” countdown event. The event is being held on 24 July to coincide with exactly three years until the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and will feature a newly produced projection mapping show that will showcase the attractions of the host city, Tokyo, and aims to further raise momentum and excitement towards the Tokyo 2020 Games.

In addition, a number of authorised Tokyo 2020 Programme events will also be taking place in Hokkaido, Fukushima, Saitama, Chiba and Shizuoka prefectures to mark the 3 Years to Go milestone. Our aim is to make the summer of 2020 an unforgettable summer for the whole of Japan.

We look forward to seeing as many people as possible at the events – a splendid time is guaranteed for all!

Events

Tokyo

“Tokyo 2020 Flag Tour Festival and the 3 Years to Go to the Tokyo 2020 Games” countdown event

Date and times

Monday, 24 July 2017
First show: 19:30–20:30 (reception open at 18:00)
Second show: 20:30–21:00 Organised solely by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Please note that in the event of rain, only the first show will be held

Venue

Citizens' Plaza, Tokyo Metropolitan Buildings
2-8-1, Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-8001
Please note that in the event of rain, the show(s) will be held inside the Citizens' Hall

Participants

  • Toshiro Muto – CEO, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee
  • Yuriko Koike – Governor of Tokyo
  • Tsunekazu Takeda – President of the JOC
  • Mitsunori Torihara – President of the JPC
  • Tamayo Marukawa – Minister in charge of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (provisional)
  • TOKIO (special ambassadors) – Shigeru Joshima, Tatsuya Yamaguchi, Taichi Kokubun, Masahiro Matsuoka and Tomoya Nagase
  • Flag Tour Ambassadors – various Olympians and Paralympians

Content

First show: 19:30–20:30

  • Projection mapping show to highlight the attractions of Tokyo, and projection mapping show to showcase the wonder of sport and to raise expectations for the Tokyo 2020 Games
  • Talk show featuring Special Ambassadors and Flag Tour Ambassadors
  • Special event to launch the Nationwide Flag Tour

Second show 20:30–21:00

  • Game attraction with spectators and Flag Tour Ambassadors

Projection Mapping Shows

1. Tokyo Experience
Outline – Communicating the attractions of the host city, Tokyo, through projections of Tokyo cityscapes that blend traditional culture with cutting-edge innovation, and images of Tokyo residents and visitors.
Production staff
Creative Director: Yuichi Kodama – Video director and producer of numerous TV commercials including those for Toyota, Zexy, GINZA SIX, and Shiseido
Musical Director: Keigo Oyamada – Internationally popular recording artist, working on collaborations with various leading international artists including Yoko Ono. Nominated for a Grammy Award, and recipient of various Japanese and international music and artistic awards

2. The Power of Sport
Outline – Screening of images of previous editions of the Olympic and Paralympic Games to highlight the power and the wonder of sport, and to raise excitement and expectations for the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Production staff
Creative Director: Takayuki Yoshida – Art director, producer of several projection mapping videos and CG designs for NHK programmes)
Musical Director: Yoichi Murata – Composer, musical arranger and trombonist. Musical arranger of the FNS Song Festival since 2006, and has worked on musical arrangements for various artists.

Hokkaido

“The Olympics are Heading North! 3 Years to Go” countdown event

Date and times

Monday, 24 July 2017 (12:00–18:30)

Venue

Sapporo Station Event Space
Underground corridor leading from Sapporo Station

Content

  • Talk show featuring Olympians and Paralympians with a special bond to Hokkaido
  • Screening of Rio 2016 Olympic Games highlights
  • Panel display introducing various aspects of the Tokyo 2020 Games
  • Illumination of Sapporo TV Tower in the Olympic colours

Talk show guests

  • Junichi Inamoto (footballer for Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, participated in the Football tournament at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
  • Ayumi Ogasawara (currently plays for the Hokkaido Bank Fortuis curling team, took part in the Curling competitions at the Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006 and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games)
  • Yumie Funayama (currently plays for the Hokkaido Bank Fortuis curling team, competed in the Curling competitions at the Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006 and Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games)
  • Daisuke Ikezaki (Wheelchair Rugby player for the Hokkaido Big Dippers, competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games)
  • Master of Ceremonies: Seiko Wakabayashi (freelance announcer)

Fukushima

“Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Fukushima Restoration Promotion Conference and Fukushima Grand Interaction Meeting – 3 Years to Go”

Date and times

Monday, 24 July 2017 (14:00–15:45)

Venue

Hotel Fukushima Green Palace
13-53 Otamachi, Fukushima, Fukushima Prefecture, 960-8068

Content

  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Fukushima Restoration Promotion General Assembly
  • Fukushima Grand Interaction Meeting (panel discussion)

Saitama venue

“3 Years to Go to the Tokyo 2020 Games – also being held in Saitama”

Date and times

Monday, 24 July 2017 (13:00–17:00)

Venue

Keyaki Plaza (1F) (Three minute walk from Saitama Shintoshin Station)
10, Shintoshin, Chuo-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture

Content

Stage programme

  • Saitama 2020 Kick-off dialogue (Keita Suzuki and Marcus Tulio Tanaka)
  • Ami Imamura and Reika Saiki
  • SAITAMA PRIDE Special Ambassador Initiation Ceremony
  • CUBE (football entertainment performance group)

Exhibition area

  • SAITAMA PRIDE
  • Exhibition featuring Olympic and Paralympic venues and training camps located in Saitama Prefecture

Chiba

“3 Years to Go to the Tokyo 2020 Games – All Chiba Celebration”

Date and times

Monday, 24 July 2017 (10;00–17:00)

Venue

World Business Garden Atrium
2–6–1 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture

Content

Stage programme (from 13:00)

  • Countdown Calendar Unveiling Ceremony
    Participants: Kensaku Morita (Governor of Chiba Prefecture), Toshihito Kumagai (Mayor of Chiba City), Tomoya Satozaki (former baseball player), Katsuhiko Nagata (former Olympic wrestler), Tomoaki Imai (Wheelchair rugby player), Yui Susaki (female wrestler), Seiya Higashijima (Taekwondo), Takayuki Hirose (Boccia)
  • Talk show with guest athletes and emerging young athletes
    Participants: Tomoya Satozaki, Katsuhiko Nagata, Tomoaki Imai, Yui Susaki, Seiya Higashijima, and Takayuki Hirose

Olympic and Paralympic event introduction corner

  • Exhibition of Olympic and Paralympic events to be held in Chiba Prefecture (including Fencing, Surfing, Taekwondo and Wrestling)

Shizuoka

“3 Years to Go to the Tokyo 2020 Games – Cycling Challenge in Mt. Fuji Country”

Date and times

Sunday, 30 July 2017 (10:15–16:00)

Venue

Izu Velodrome
1826 Ono, Izu City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Content

  • Demonstrations of cycling events by leading Japanese cyclists
  • Olympic and Paralympic Cycling Quiz
  • Event Experience Corner
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