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17 July 2019
Bureau of Olympic and Paralympic Games
Tokyo 2020 Preparation

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 “One Year to Go” Ceremony and Several Projects to Begin One Year Before the Games

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), working in conjunction with the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and related organisations, will conduct a variety of projects to highlight the one-year marks before the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 in order to build up momentum for the Games. The one year milestone for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is Wednesday 24 July and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games milestone is Sunday 25 August.
We are pleased to announce that these projects will begin from July.

1. Celebrate “One Year to Go!” at Tokyo Stadium Together with the Tokyo 2020 Mascots, One Year Since Their Debut!

Date/Time:

Monday 22 July from 9:30 to 10:30

Venue:

Tokyo Stadium (376-3 Nishimachi, Chofu-shi, Tokyo)

Content:

Celebrating the first anniversary of the Tokyo 2020 Mascots’ debut, the mascots and children from neighboring cities will gather to make a human letter in the shape of “1” in commemoration of 1 year to go until the Tokyo 2020 Games.

* This event is planned for media photography. Attendance to the ceremony is by invitation only.

2. “One Year to Go” Ceremony

Date/Time:

Wednesday 24 July 2019 from 14:00 to 15:30

Venue:

Tokyo International Forum, Hall A (3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)

Organisers:

Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee

Supported by:

Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC)

Guests:

National Federations, stakeholders of the host city of Tokyo, leaders of municipalities where venues are located, Foreign ambassadors and other dignitaries, and students from elementary schools, junior high schools and high schools in Tokyo as well as Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures of the Tohoku region which were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Attendees: (scheduled)  

Organisers

  • Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo
  • Yoshiro Mori, President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee

Guests of Honor

  • Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
  • John Coates, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 and President, Australian Olympic Committee

Members of the Ceremonial Handing Over of Tokyo 2020’s Invitation

  • Yasuhiro Yamashita, President, Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC)
  • Spyros Capralos, President, Hellenic Olympic Committee (Home of the ancient Games)
  • Denis Masseglia, President, French Olympic Committee (Host country of Paris 2024)
  • Susanne Lyons, President, United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (Host country of LA 2028)
  • Mamadou D. Ndiaye, President, Senegalese Olympic Committee (Host country of Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games (YOG))
  • Zhongwen Gou, President, Chinese Olympic Committee (Host country of Beijing 2022)
  • Tegla Loroupe, Chef de Mission, Refugee Olympic Team Tokyo 2020

Tokyo 2020 Torchbearers Promotion

  • Tadahiro Nomura, Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassador
  • Aki Taguchi, Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassador
  • Satomi Ishihara, Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassador
  • Sandwichman (Mikio Date and Takeshi Tomizawa), Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassador

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medals Design

  • Ryohei Miyata, Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Chairperson of Tokyo 2020 Medal Design Competition Panel
  • (will be announced on the day), Designer of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals
  • Homare Sawa, Football, London 2012 silver medalist
  • Takuya Haneda, Canoe (Slalom), Rio 2016 bronze medalist
  • Hiromi Miyake, Weightlifting, London 2012 silver and Rio 2016 bronze medalist
  • Yuta Watanabe, Basketball, player for the National Basketball Association (NBA)

Opening and Special live performance

  • Honami Tsuboi, Rhythmic gymnastics, Beijing 2008
  • Yoshida Brothers (Ryoichiro Yoshida and Kenichi Yoshida), Tsugaru-Shamisen players
  • Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, artists

Content: (scheduled)

  • Opening performance
    • Collaboration live performance of athlete (rhythmic gymnastics) x projection mapping x tsugaru-shamisen (performed by Yoshida Bros.), specially supported by Panasonic
  • Movie of the Tokyo 2020 Games preparations
  • Remarks from Organisers
  • Remarks from Guests of Honor
  • Ceremonial handing over of Tokyo 2020’s invitation
    • IOC President Bach will hand over Tokyo 2020’s invitation to representatives of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and call on all athletes around the world to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Games
  • Photo session with Organisers, Guests of Honor and NOCs
  • Promotion of the recruitment of torchbearers for the Olympic Torch Relay
    • Tokyo 2020 Torch Relay Official Ambassadors will call for application of torchbearers
  • Unveiling of the design of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals
    • Announcement of the medal design together with the designer
  • Special live performance
    • Collaboration live performance of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and Yoshida Brothers

*Attendance to the ceremony is by invitation only.

3. Public Transport Decorations

One year before the Games, in cooperation with private businesses, operation of train cars and buses wrapped with decorations of the Tokyo 2020 Mascots will begin as a promotion for the Games.

1. Tama Monorail

Period: From Wednesday 24 July 2019 to the close of the Games in 2020
Number of Vehicles: 1 train with 4 cars

Image of the Tama Monorail

2. Toei Buses, Odakyu Buses, Keio Buses and Seibu Buses

Period: From Wednesday 24 July 2019 to the close of the Games in 2020
Number of Buses: Total of 31 buses
Note) The number of buses will be increased sequentially from 24 July. Currently 18 buses are in operation and additional 31 buses planned for operation.
(breakdown) 18 Toei Buses, 5 Odakyu Buses, 5 Keio Buses and 3 Seibu Buses

(New Design) *26 buses planned for operation

Image of the New Design

(Current Design) *Additional 5 buses planned for operation. (Currently 18 Toei Buses in operation)

Image of the Current Design

4. Tokyo 2020 One Year to Go Light-up

In cooperation with the locations below, illuminations will be arranged to commemorate one year to go before the Games from Wednesday 24 July to Friday 6 September.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government No.1 Building (2-8-1 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)

Time:

From 19:00 to 23:00 daily

Content:

  1.  Olympic period (from Wednesday 24 July to Friday 9 August)
    Illuminated in the five colours of the Olympic Symbol (Blue, Yellow, Black, Green, Red)
  2.  Inter-games period (from Saturday 10 August to Saturday 24 August)
    During this time, the illuminations will alternate every 30 minutes between the five colours of the Olympic Symbol and the three colours of the Paralympic Symbol (Red, Blue, Green)
  3.  Paralympic period (from Sunday 25 August to Friday 6 September)
    Illuminated in the three colours of the Paralympic Symbol

Komazawa Olympic Park, Olympics Memorial Tower (1-1 Komazawa-koen, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo)

Time:

From 19:00 to 23:00 daily

Content:

  1.  Olympic period (from Wednesday 24 July to Friday 9 August)
    Illuminated in the five colours of the Olympic Symbol
  2.  Inter-games period (from Saturday 10 August to Saturday 24 August)
    During this time, the illuminations will alternate every 30 minutes between the five colours of the Olympic Symbol and the three colours of the Paralympic Symbol
  3.  Paralympic period (from Sunday 25 August to Friday 6 September)
    Illuminated in the three colours of the Paralympic Symbol

Tokyo Stadium (376-3 Nishimachi, Chofu-shi, Tokyo)

Time:

From 18:00 to 22:00 daily

Content:

  1.  Olympic period (from Wednesday 24 July to Friday 9 August, except for Saturday 27 July and Saturday 3 August)
    Illuminated in the five colours of the Olympic Symbol
  2.  Paralympic period (from Sunday 25 August to Friday 6 September)
    Illuminated in the three colours of the Paralympic Symbol

Inquiries (Assistance in Japanese only)

For Tokyo 2020 Mascot, Ceremony and Light-up:
Project Section, Planning and Promotion Division
Phone: 03-5320-7769

For Public Transport Decorations:
Project Section, Planning and Promotion Division
Phone: 03-5388-7768

Bureau of Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 Preparation

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